Town of Joliet cancels 4th of July parade

Alastair Baker
News Editor
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Joliet’s 4th of July parade has now fallen foul of COVID-19. The decision to cancel was made at the City Council meeting, June 22.
The council felt that it would be irresponsible to have people gather for a parade and concerns were raised over what the potential liability would be for the town.
“Crowd control would have been almost impossible to regulate,” said Joliet Mayor Dakota Z. Mitchem.
“The idea of outside visitors was also brought up. It would be difficult to regulate that as well,” he said.
As to public feedback on the Council’s decision, Mayor Mitchem said, “The individuals in attendance seemed to be accepting of the decision.”
“The feedback I’ve got from members of the community have a similar feeling. They all understand that these are unique times for our country and our town as well. I hope, however, that the town can bring some sense of normalcy back to the citizens of Joliet in the coming months,” he said.
The annual fireman’s picnic was also canceled at an earlier date.