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2022 Labor Day Parade steps off at 10AM Mon., Sept. 5

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Above / Jefferson Avenue is closed now, but the block between Webster and Main Street will open for the Labor Day Parade on Mon., Sept. 5.  After the parade, the block will close again for construction to continue on the streetscape project in progress, expected to be complete this month.

The view beyond the road closed signs is a place organizers suggest that spectators will find a good place to watch the Labor Day Parade from the sidewalk, preferably along the south side of Jefferson Avenue. Of course, sidewalks all along Mill Street, Jefferson Avenue, Main Street and Porter Avenue provide good views, too. Celebrate safely. (PN Photo, Sept. 2, 2022)

Update, Sept. 5, 2022 / The Labor Day Parade’s not over ’til it’s over. And it’s over!

Naperville Police Sergeant Pope gave a wave, the sign that the 2022 Labor Day Parade was over.

The 2022 Last Fling shuts down at 8PM. Thanks to all Naperville Jaycees and their team of volunteers.

Original Post, Sept. 4, 2022 / At 10AM Sun., Sept. 5, the annual Labor Day Parade kicks off community spirit with a colorful showcase of marching bands, first responders, entertainment, upcoming fundraisers, political candidates and local businesses.

Spectators are welcomed to line the sidewalks from where the parade steps off at Naperville North High School, following a route south along Mill Street, east along Jefferson Avenue, south at Main Street and west at Porter Avenue toward Naperville Central High School where it ends at Webster Street.

Catch up with Jaycees’ mascot, Frank E. Fling, as he relishes all entries in the Labor Day Parade. Hot dog! (PN File Photo)

Special Olympics Champions Ryan Gronowski, Lou Pisani and Peter Silagi share the honor as Marshals for the Last Fling Labor Day Parade.

Update, Sept. 5, 2022 / Three Grand Marshalls provided plenty of smiles and waves to appreciative spectators along the parade route. (PN Photo, Sept. 5, 2022)

Watch for Frank E. Fling to muster up lots of cheers and applause for the trio of celebrated athletes.

Thanks, Veterans of the American Legion Post 43 and Judd Kendall Post 3873 Color Guard, for leading the way. (PN File Photo)

Following the Parade, a complimentary lunch for Veterans will take place near the Coors Light Chill Stage on Jackson Avenue where ARRA finishes out the 2022 Last Fling performing the biggest hits by the biggest bands of all time on Monday at 3:45PM. Rick Lindy and the Wild Ones! starting at 12PM.

Family Attractions include Karaoke, Reptile Show, Last Fling Handprints and Acrodazzle’s stilt-walking, juggling and balloon-twisting.

But first… Last Fling fun continues Sun., Sept 4

The 2022 Last Fling continues through Sun., Sept. 4, as an end-of-summer block party-style event along Jackson Avenue in downtown Naperville.

Join chapter members, volunteers, and neighbors for the weekend’s live music, food and beverages, and carnival fun!

Note that Special Needs Day is from 10AM to 2PM Sun., Sept 4. Patrons with special needs will get exclusive, priority, no-wait seating with an exclusive wristband. All participants must have a chaperone and wristbands are valid for special needs guests only.

Park opens to the public at 10AM. and wristbands remain valid until 2PM. Stop by the carnival ticket booth to pick up a wristband starting at 9:30AM. Take advantage of Carnival Deal Days all weekend with unlimited rides during carnival hours for $30 per person, per day or Carnival Mega Passes can be purchased, in advance, for $55 at participating Jewel-Osco locations and $65 onsite during the weekend.

At 1PM, activity at Centennial Beach was pretty quiet while shrill screams of joy could be heard bouncing off the water while youth and families experienced the Last Fling Midway along Jackson Avenue.  (PN Photo Sept. 4, 2022)

Family events include Gardening with Green Earth Institute, Cupcake Eating Contest, Line Dancing, Water Balloon Toss, and performances by School of Rock and DJ Chryptik.

At 2PM, 90’s Pop Nation will perform covers of the biggest pop hits, one hit wonders, sing-alongs, and dance hits from the 90’s.

At 5:15PM, The Ron Burgundy’s will croon soft rock from the 60s, 70s and 80s! 

At 8PM, Sixteen Candles Band tops the night with their undeniable energetic and exciting concert experience, organizers said. 

Last Fling since the mid-1960s

The Last Fling is the Naperville Jaycees’ largest fundraiser, raising more than two million dollars for nonprofit organizations throughout Naperville and DuPage County in the past 20 years.

This photo was found in PN’s 2014 file of photos; however, the date of the photo with many familiar faces is not known. Note in the Sept. 2001 issue of PN, then Jaycees Administrator Sue Gensler stated that “A lot of Naperville leaders got started in Jaycees.”

The Jaycees extend much gratitude to the volunteers and sponsors who have continued to support the organization throughout the years.

Back in 2010, banners with messages from Last Fling sponsors promoted community spirit as they were displayed on temporary fencing along the Riverwalk at Rotary Hill. (PN File Photo 2010)

Naperville Jaycees / Chartered February 11, 1954

The Naperville Jaycees is a nonprofit service organization for young professionals dedicated to offering Naperville-area residents the opportunity to better themselves and to grow personally and professionally while giving through community service and fundraising efforts. The group’s annual events include: Rock the Mic, Easter Egg Hunt, Lobster Day and countless other worthwhile projects that positively impact the community. The group also organizes and staffs the Last Fling in close cooperation with the City of Naperville, the Naperville Park District, numerous Naperville community organizations and hundreds of volunteers.

Thursday evening Jaycees and their teams of volunteers under the leadership of Beth DeGeeter and Pete Paulsen were setting up sponsor tents, stages, games, info booths and more along Jackson Avenue for 2022 Last Fling. (PN Photo)

Proceeds from the Last Fling have benefited the Naperville Riverwalk with generous gifts for a playground, marina, gazebo and other amenities as well as many donations for nonprofit organizations in Naperville and surrounding communities.

Monthly meetings are open to all, and are held on the second Tuesday of each month at Judd Kendall VFW, located at 908 West Jackson Avenue in Naperville.

For more details, call the chapter’s hotline at (630) 961-9375 or visit naperjaycees.org.

Last Updated, 3PM Sept. 5, 2022.

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