After discussions with Kenosha County Health officials, the Somers Parade Committee decided to cancel the 2020 Independence Day Parade and Ice Cream Social. The decision was made after receiving information that Kenosha County will not reach Phase 3 by July 4th. The recent unrest in the country, was also taken into consideration when making the decision.
“Our hearts are broken that we cannot provide the residents of Somers with an opportunity to honor our veterans and celebrate the birth of our Nation,” said Judy Schantek. “Not only has our priority been the concern for health, but now, also the safety of all! We hope we will be able to celebrate in 2021!”
The Somers Parade Committee began planning the 2020 Independence Day Parade and Ice Cream Social in January, prior to the Safer-at-Home order issued by the State of Wisconsin due to COVID-19. After the State Supreme Court ruled the order unconstitutional, approximately mid-May, the Village Board encouraged the committee to continue planning, hoping that the parade would take place.