After much consideration and discussions with the Morton Grove Special Events Commission, the Morton Grove Village Board announced the cancellation of the annual Morton Grove Days Festival during the board meeting on May 11, 2020.
Morton Grove Days has become an annual signature event in the Village reaching back to its origins in 1921. Since 1987, the MG Days/Special Events Commission has worked closely with the Village Board and management to provide multiple days of carnival fun and entertainment capped off with the Independence Day Parade and fireworks. However, due to the ongoing and anticipated continuation of COVID-19 social distancing and assembly limitations contained in the governor’s Executive Order 2020-32 and the Restore Illinois plan, it became necessary to cancel the carnival, entertainment stage, parade and fireworks. The Special Events Commission will monitor the situation and determine if it will recommend hosting Morton Grove Days on a date later in 2020.
2020 Morton Grove Days were scheduled to begin on July 1 and conclude on July 4. Mayor Dan DiMaria stated, “This was a difficult decision for our Special Events Committee and the people who have supported our event for so many years. With the health and safety of the public foremost on our minds, we are confident that this is the best choice for our community.” “We are even more confident that our community will continue to effectively rise to this public health challenge and, in the end, our residents and businesses will be stronger for it.”