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O’Fallon cancels annual Heritage & Freedom Fest and parade

O'Fallon Heritage and Freedom Fest Parade

The City of O’Fallon announced tonight on the city Facebook page that it was cancelling this year’s Heritage & Freedom Fest, which had been scheduled for July 2 – 4.

The annual Fourth of July event usually offers live music, a carnival, vendors, children’s activities and a parade.

The announcement cited “the continued uncertainty surrounding COVID-19” and the need to “make the best decision to protect the health and safety of residents, volunteers and vendors.”

“Although staff has done everything in their power to plan this year’s event, we are at a point in the planning process where there are simply too many questions and not enough answers about where we will be come July,” said Mayor Hennessy.

Plans are in the works for a replacement event that might be held this fall.

“Our hope is that we’ll be able to have a special event sometime this fall that will give our residents an opportunity to come together and enjoy much of what they love about the Heritage and Freedom Fest,” said Mayor Hennessy. “There are a lot of variables to work through, and it obviously all depends on what we can safely do, but I hope that as we move into summer, we will be able to announce what could be Heritage and Freedom Fest 2.0 in fall 2020!”


  1. Why do I have to stay home just because are scared? How about stay home…. stay in house indefinitely, wear a mask, socially distance yourself from me, avoid restaurants, avoid baseball games, stay off the roads, avoid malls and beaches and parks, believe the made up death numbers, believe the media hype, Get your toxic vaccine while avoiding vitamin C, sunshine and the things God gave us to actually heal,
    I’m done playing dumb game. We are not “all in this together.” I’m not wearing dumb tin foil hat anymore. I’m no longer going to be a prisoner of your fear. I’m no longer staying in my house or catering to because are scared. I’m not wearing a mask and I’m not staying 6 feet away from you anymore because I’m not afraid of you. You are not my enemy and if I get sick, it’s not because of , it’s because of me and my system, which not only have I been addressing for quite some time, but I also know how to treat if I get sick.
    This virus (or whatever it is) is already circulating. Millions of people have already encountered it, as it’s been circulating around the world probably since last September. You WILL have to confront this thing, if you haven’t already. There is no way around it, unless you lock yourself up in your house and it somehow doesn’t manage to hop on some mail or some groceries that you ordered online.
    fear is not an excuse to destroy America. fear is not my fear and your fear does not have the right to interfere with my life, my job, my income or my future as a free American citizen. So if you’re scared, you can just put your tin foil hat on, or even wrap foil all around your whole body – or around your whole house if you wish – but please keep your fear contained to your little corner of the world and don’t contaminate me or my family or my Country. I copied & pasted this from Grey Havens’ page it’s perfect

    • Because when you go out and get infected, you infect others, and then the virus explodes again and the only recourse is to shut everything down. Again.

      Why are you all so indifferent to people dying? Are you so lost to humanity you no longer care?

    • Be respectful and responsible. Wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from people, wash your hands, don’t touch your face and stop the spread of the virus. At least 50 people in St. Charles County have died from the coronavirus.

      Death is real. You and your family may die. Why take a chance on you or your family or someone else getting the virus?

      I believe there are actually more cases than reported as they have not tested everyone.

      I also believe there have been more deaths than they say as some aren’t counted due to people dying at home.

      If you want to go protest the slow reopening of places, go to restaurants, hair salons, and other non essential places, go ahead. Don’t wear a mask.

      Join your fellow non believers. Stand right next to each other and spit and scream in their faces. I really don’t care if you get sick or die if you choose to participate in very risky behavior.

      It is a free country. No one is locking you in your house and standing guard outside your door not letting you leave.

      However, if you don’t wear a mask and get the virus, you may not develop symptoms, but you are still contagious and may pass it on to others if you cough, sneeze, talk, etc.

      As a result, if you choose to go to the grocery store or pharmacy and not wear a mask and wash your hands, etc., you are infringing on MY RIGHTS to life and my freedom to leave my house as I don’t want to get contaminated by you!

      I’m sorry, but YOUR rights don’t supersede MINE!

      I’m 65 and have health conditions making me vulnerable to the virus. I only go to essential places like the grocery store or pharmacy. I have to get groceries, medicines, etc. You have no right to prevent me from doing this by not following social distancing disease prevention guidelines.

      Whether you like it or not, we are in this together. Your actions and choices affect the lives of others. One way or another, you will be held accountable.

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