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Wheaton 4th of July Events Canceled

The Wheaton Park District has canceled all Fourth of July festivities, including the fireworks, parade and carnival.

The Wheaton Park District has canceled all Fourth of July festivities planned for this year, including the and carnival on July 3 and on July 4.

According to a message from the park district, all activities are canceled due to the July 1 storm. DuPage County has proclaimed that a "State of Emergency" exists in Wheaton.

With power lines and trees down throughout the city—including a major part of the Fourth of July parade route on Main Street, it's unclear when ComEd will clear all hazards, said City of Wheaton Spokeswoman Susan Bishel.

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Wheaton City Manager Don Rose said there is no estimation of a time ComEd will be available to restore the power lines that are down in and around the DuPage County complex. He said it's "doubtful" that the downed power lines on Manchester Road, in the fairgrounds and along the parade route on Main Street will be removed by the time of the parade.

Rose added that there is no estimated time of return of services to ComEd customers on the north side of Wheaton. According to ComEd's outage map, approximately 18,000 customers lost power Sunday. As of around 9 p.m. Monday, 5,590 customers remained without power in Wheaton.

The Fourth of July 2012 activities have not been rescheduled, according to the message from the park district. Residents with questions may email dnovak@wheatonparks.org or abendy@wheatonparks.org.

For information on other local Fourth of July celebrations, check out Patch's compilation of fireworks displays in DuPage County, and if we missed something, add the event in the comments!

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darci beacom July 02, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Good decision. Is there a community response plan in place for those in need of cooling shelters, food or other help?
Hbourne July 03, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Bad decision. We should be coming together as a community to celebrate our freedom and independence. Fireworks canceled is understandable but to cancel the parade is sad. We should be honoring our freedom and country and be greatful for what we have instead of lamenting over lost air conditioning and minor damages that will be restored shortly.
Gwen Geiger July 03, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Many streets on the north side (including along the parade route) are impassible due to downed power lines. Cancelation is an appropriate response.
Mayzied July 03, 2012 at 02:06 PM
That is certainly not the intention of the City or Park District- the safety of its residents is paramount and does not eclipse the want to celebrate our independence. The logistics involved in doing a parade and other major events make it impossible at this stage to re-route and re-plan. It's a shame you read the information and that was your take away. We have a great city department and park district and while not always perfect, we should certainly appreciate their efforts and intentions and not doubt their patriotism.
BIll I July 03, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Even if all the trees are cleared on Main St it's nice to know there are still some self centered people in the community who can't think beyond their own good fortune to others in worse situations. Like those who will be without power for 3+ days. Yes let's have 1/2 the community throw a party while the others are busy throwing out their food.
Gregg Slapak July 03, 2012 at 04:30 PM
IAs much as I have long, long enjoyed the the community spirit that has long existed between Wheatonites during July Fourth events, I do believe this is the right decision. And, I take this "opp" to thank Dan Novak and all at the Wheaton Parks District for all their advanced planning of our July Fourth festivities. This had to be a very, very difficult decision in conjunction with our fine mayor and members of the city council. I, too, am disapointed, too, (as my dad of 86 years old and Wheaton resident since 1953 was to be included in this year's parade as part of the Wheaton VFW contingency, as a recent Chicago Honor Flight participant) but realize our community's protective and/or emergency response services are best utilized in helping those in real need, resulting from our July 01 storm as opposed to protecting those at community events. So... Happy, Happy Fourth to y'al from a very grateful American and native Wheatonite.
Gregg Slapak July 03, 2012 at 04:32 PM
After reading other's responses to the contrary, I hope you will re-evaluate you own.
Charlotte Eriksen (Editor) July 03, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Yes, Darci (on cooling centers). I just posted the updated list this morning.
Charlotte Eriksen (Editor) July 03, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Well-said. The downed power lines could be the biggest hazard.
Charlotte Eriksen (Editor) July 03, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Well said. It had to be a very difficult decision.
Charlotte Eriksen (Editor) July 03, 2012 at 06:09 PM
What is everyone going to do instead? Just heard Carol Stream is canceled too.
dig dug July 04, 2012 at 03:57 AM
I'm going to hang out at Charlottes.
Charlotte Eriksen (Editor) July 04, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Hm. I'll prepare a roast.
Eleni July 04, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Seriously those that are complaining....STOP....I cant stop thinking of the poor residents who still have no power, which means no air conditioning during the hottest days.............Lets all hope that those people are safe.............
Tom Mouhelis July 06, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Safety is our first concern, do I miss the parade yes I do. I spent 30 years in the usaf and I truly enjoy the freedoms we have. but a parade with all the distructions is not the time
Gregg Slapak July 06, 2012 at 02:02 AM
agree, Tom

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