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The Village of Bloomingdale 2020 Septemberfest and Fireworks show, scheduled for September 12, has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19. The cancelation marks only the second time that has happened since Septemberfest was started 48 years ago. In 2010, the event was canceled because of Village budget constraints as a result of the national recession.
A number of factors played into the decision to cancel these two summer favorite celebrations. The uncertainty of the coronavirus and capacity restrictions mandated by the State of Illinois under Phase 4 of Governor Pritzker’s 5 Phase Restore Illinois Plan would make guaranteeing the health and safety of attendees, volunteers, and entertainers for such a large-scale public event difficult. The gathering limit led to a number of vendors notifying the Village they would not participate in this year’s event. In addition to the loss of a significant number of vendors the Village was also notified by its insurance carrier that if the Village proceeded to host the event it would be doing so without any insurance coverage leaving the Village in a precarious position in the event someone was hurt during the event.
Mayor Franco stated, "The Village is committed to resuming programs and events as soon as permitted by the State of Illinois. We understand that this information is disappointing and we too will miss these summer traditions, however, the health and safety of Bloomingdale residents and visitors is the Village’s top priority. We are all looking forward to the day when we can once again come together to plan and enjoy community celebrations."