GENEVA – The annual Geneva Swedish Days festival from June 19 to 24 brings food, music, activities and shopping to people of all ages each summer, but to accommodate this signature event, several downtown streets will be closed throughout the festivities, city officials announced in a news release.
Parking signage will be posted in certain areas throughout the week, and festival visitors should be mindful of the restrictions when parking downtown.
The main festival areas that will be impacted are Third Street from State to South streets, James Street from Second to Fifth streets, and Campbell Street from Second to Fifth streets, the release stated.
The following locations will be posted with “No Parking This Side of Street” signage beginning June 18 through the conclusion of the festival:
• James Street on the south side of the roadway from Fifth to Seventh streets
• Fifth Street on the east side from James to Franklin streets
• Fourth Street on the east side from Campbell to Fulton streets
• Campbell Street on the north side from First/Route 31 to Second streets as well as from Sixth to Seventh streets
• Franklin Street on the north side from Fourth to Fifth streets and the south side from Fifth to Sixth streets.
People should not remove these temporary signs posted on wooden stakes since the parking restrictions are meant to provide a safe environment for festival patrons, the release stated.
The 69th annual Swedish Days Parade will step off at 1 p.m. June 24.
A detour route will be established with police officers directing traffic at locations along the parade route.
The following streets will be shut down during the parade:
• State Street/Route 38 from Second Street to Logan Avenue on the west side of the Fox River
• Third Street from State to First Street/Batavia Avenue/Route 31
• Anderson Boulevard from State to Union streets.
The State Street detour route for westbound motorists is north on Second Street, west on Stevens Street, north on Edison Street, west on Union Street, and south on Logan Avenue to resume westbound travel on Route 38. The detour route is reversed for eastbound State Street traffic.
The Geneva Police Department appreciates the public’s patience and hopes everyone has a safe and enjoyable festival experience, the release stated.
For information about Swedish Days, visit the Geneva Chamber of Commerce’s website at www.genevachamber.com.