Geneva Chamber makes plans for this summer’s Swedish Days festival without parade

GENEVA – The Geneva Chamber of Commerce is updating its plans for this year’s Swedish Days festival, which is scheduled for June 24-27, but the annual parade will not be a part of the popular summer event.

A news release from the Chamber states that “due to the advanced planning required, the number of attendees both in the parade and spectators, along with the current phase the state of Illinois is in, with regret we will be canceling the Swedish Days parade, which would have been held on June 27.”

The release also states that the arts and crafts show and Grandquist Music Festival will not be in this year’s lineup.

As of now, the Chamber is planning to offer live music in a venue and in the downtown area. The bands and specific dates will be announced later this month.

The Geneva Settler’s Coffee will return to Geneva Golf Club on June 24, with a pick-up breakfast. Kids’ Day will be June 25, with potential changes to the location and activities. However, the Kids’ Day parade will not happen this year.

New this year will be a Chocolate Crawl on June 27, which will be a ticketed event.

Geneva’s shops and restaurants will be open and could offer specials or events related to Swedish Days, the release stated.

The Geneva Chamber is continuing to plan for a safe, shortened Swedish Days, abiding by state and city regulations, the release stated.

“As we are unsure what phase we will be in, please note that events we are planning, especially those on public property, may have to be modified,” the release stated.

“We are well aware that Swedish Days is a tradition and was greatly missed last year. The Chamber is creatively planning events offsite that will be crowd controlled and safe,” stated Paula Schmidt, president of Geneva Chamber of Commerce. “We hope to organize more events and happenings, however we must follow city and state regulations, while keeping everyone healthy and safe. Please be patient as we move forward.”

More information will be released when finalized. Updates on all festivals and events may be found at genevachamber.com.