The Fourth of July festivities are cancelled for 2020. The Village Board discussed the celebration during their May 4 meeting, and staff and officials did not feel they could coordinate a safe parade and fireworks celebration while also maintaining the social distancing measures outlined by the North Shore Health Department and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
The Shorewood Foundation, longtime sponsor of the Village’s 4th of July parade and fireworks, will celebrate the holiday in a different way this year. In lieu of the traditional Independence Day festivities, which were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Foundation’s volunteer board of directors will place a small American flag on the parkway in front of every Shorewood residence.
"In Shorewood, the 4th of July has always been a celebration of community as much as of history", said Alan Purintun, Foundation board president. "We hope this small gesture, touching every member of the community, ably reflects that spirit."
Founded in 1964, the Shorewood Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle for such prominent community cultural assets as the 4th of July parade and fireworks, the Shorewood Farmers Market and The Ghost Train, as well as smaller charitable efforts like scholarships for graduating Shorewood High School seniors.