The Woodridge Park District and Village of Woodridge are excitedly beginning to plan Fourth of July fireworks and the 2021 Oktoberfest celebration in September. The most recent Oktoberfest, in September 2019, honored the 50th anniversary for the Woodridge Park District and the 60th anniversary for the Village of Woodridge. The Woodridge Jubilee festival, an annual family fun-filled community event held in mid-June, is canceled for 2021 due to the current Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DECO) guidelines of the Restore Illinois Plan and the unknown future of any potential COVID restriction changes.
“While we can’t move forward with the Jubilee, we’re excited to begin planning a spectacular Independence Day fireworks show and fun-filled Oktoberfest. We can’t wait to see you there,” said Woodridge Mayor Gina Cunningham. “The last Oktoberfest had some bad weather. That didn’t stop people from having a great time. Watching fireworks on a warm summer night will be a lot of fun for the whole family this Fourth of July.”
The previous Woodridge Oktoberfest featured Skeleton Key Brewery, live music, German food, German commemorative hats with buttons, and Woodridge Oktoberfest steins. Volunteers from the Woodridge VFW sold pretzels, and the Woodridge Rotary sold hamburgers and more.
“While we would love to have the Jubilee this year, the health and safety of our community is our main priority,” said Park Board President Bill Cohen. “We’re all continuing to do our part to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and move closer to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan. All of us will have a lot to celebrate soon – we hope you and your neighbors will join in on the fun.”