As many as 200,000 people will be visiting the Swedish Days festival in downtown Geneva this week to enjoy food, music and plenty of fun for people of all ages each summer.
To accommodate this signature event, the Geneva Police Department has announced that several downtown streets will be closed throughout the festivities Tuesday, June 18, to Sunday, June 23.
Parking signage will be temporarily posted in certain areas throughout the week. Swedish Days 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 following locations will be posted with “No Parking This Side of Street” signage beginning Monday, June 17 through the conclusion of the festival:
- James Street – south side of the roadway from Fifth to Seventh streets,
- Fifth Street – east side from James to Franklin streets,
- Fourth Street, east side from Campbell to Fulton streets,
- Campbell Street – north side from First (Route 31) to Second streets as well as from Sixth to Seventh streets, and
- Franklin Street – 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 70th annual Swedish Days Parade will step off at 1 p.m. June 23. Prior to this time, a detour route will be established with police officers directing traffic at various 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), and
- Anderson Boulevard from State to Union streets.
State Street Detour Route
Westbound motorists should head 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 IL Route 38 (State Street in Geneva).
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. For more information about Swedish Days, visit the Geneva Chamber of Commerce’s website.