The 2020 Rock Island Labor Day Parade is cancelled.

According to a post on the city’s Facebook page by city manager Randy Tweet:

The City has been tracking the directives from the Governor’s Office and the Illinois Department of Public Health since the COVID-19 crisis started and referred to these guidelines before deciding to move forward with any large special events this Spring and Summer.

Unfortunately, based on the most recent guidance and the associated risks, we do not feel it is possible to hold the Labor Day Parade and ensure the safety of our citizens.

Since the safety of our community is at the forefront of every decision the City makes, we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Labor Day Parade and the associated Citizen of the Year awards.

We had hoped for the best, but feel this is the right decision given these extreme circumstances. I would like to thank the Rock Island Labor Day Parade Committee for all their hard work thus far and look forward to having another wonderful parade next year.


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