YORKVILLE – Yorkville city officials said they have heard the public express excitement – and expressed their own excitement – for the city's Fourth of July festivities next week during the city's Tuesday, June 23 City Council meeting.
The city's parks and recreation department had announced Monday a vehicle parade will be organized for the city's southern, central and northern subdivisions – with three separate start times for each route – during the morning of Fourth of July.
Tim Evans, director for the city's parks and recreation department, said during the Tuesday meeting that he urges the public to keep social distancing and to still follow state health guidelines for the events, including the three parades.
"We're very excited and we're hoping that everyone will come out to one of them," Evans said.
The South Parade, which is set to begin at 9 a.m. July 4, will travel through the Raintree and Windett Ridge subdivisions. The Central Parade, which begins 10 a.m., will travel through the Town Square and Heartland Circle subdivisions. The North Parade begins 11 a.m. and will travel through the Grande Reserve and Autumn Creek subdivisions.
The update comes after city officials said they were still trying to make Fourth of July fireworks happen and figure out parade alternatives for the holiday during the June 9 City Council meeting.
The state is expected to move into Phase 4 of its re-opening plan starting Friday. Those recommendations include people physically gathering in groups of no more than 50.
City parks and recreation officials also wrote Monday the fireworks are set to begin at dusk and will be shot off near the corner of Route 47 and Countryside Parkway in the city.
Yorkville Mayor John Purcell said he is personally excited about the parades and fireworks and he knows the community is especially ecstatic about the fireworks – so much so, he said, that it has been one of the most commented things he's had since becoming mayor.
Purcell said the fireworks show gives everyone something to look forward to after weeks of staying at home per Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker's orders addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. He said it's something that can be more easily accommodated in regards to social distancing, whether that means a group of people watching together but still keeping their distance from others, people watching from nearby homes or one person watching by themselves closer to the site.
“There’s a way to do it safely for everyone,” Purcell said.
According to city parks and recreation officials, any updates or cancellations will be distributed through the city's parks and recreation department's Facebook page at facebook.com/YorkvilleParksandRec.