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Default City that approved reparations program holds Juneteenth, Gay Pride celebrations but

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City that approved reparations program holds Juneteenth, Gay Pride celebrations but canceled July 4 parade

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Evanston, Illinois, the Chicago-suburb that made history this year by officially approving a reparations program, held a public Juneteenth celebration Saturday but has canceled its July Fourth celebration.

Evanston commemorated the abolition of slavery with a parade and community celebration on Juneteenth June 19, the day on which the abolition of slavery is annually celebrated complete with art, music, and food at a local park.

There will also be a Gay Pride parade next Saturday, June 26.

The city, however, has canceled its July 4th live celebration over COVID-19, and has not indicated that it will hold similar festivities to honor America's birthday.

The Evanston Fourth of July Celebration explained in late March:

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Based on concern for public health due to the unpredictability of the pandemic's impact, vaccination rates, and in cooperation with our local authorities, the Trustees of the Evanston Fourth of July Association voted to cancel the Fun Run, Parade, Palatine Concert Band performance and Lakefront Fireworks show on July 4, 2021. However, we are committed and already working toward an Independence Day celebration that will be safe, creative and build community.
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