Kirkland Fourth of July Festival, Genoa Days canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

The 2020 Genoa Days festival has been canceled.
The 2020 Genoa Days festival has been canceled.

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Two summer staple events, Genoa Days and the Kirkland Fourth of July festival, have been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing executive orders from Gov. JB Pritzker about large group gatherings and social distancing.

The Kirkland Lions Club announced the cancellation of the festival on Wednesday, and the Kingston Fire and Rescue protection district announced Genoa Days was canceled on social media Tuesday.

"We are sad to announce that Genoa days 2020 is canceled," the post reads. "After reviewing all the information available to us our only option is to cancel the event. Public health and safety is our top priority. The raffle will take place as planned and we will do a Facebook live video to announce the winner."

The Kirkland Lions Club made the decision to cancel the July 4th festival based on guidance of the State of Illinois Health Department and DeKalb County Health Department.

In a Facebook post, the club thanks the supporters, sponsors, volunteers and residents that make the festival a success each year.

“The Kirkland Lions Club understands that some of our residents may be experiencing some tough times now,” the post reads. “Please know that the Kirkland Lions Club will do our best to support the community during this difficult time. Please stay connected to the Kirkland Lions Club social media accounts for continued updates on potential events, news or opportunities as we release additional information.”

For more information, visit the Kirkland Lions Club’s Facebook page.

No determination on other summer and fall events, such as the July 4th fireworks put on by the DeKalb Park District at Hopkins Park have been made.

On Monday, the Sycamore city council voted to approve a number of street closures in anticipation of Pumpkin Fest and Sycamore High School Homecoming parade in October.

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