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Applications are open for the 2024 Labor Day Parade

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The 2024 Labor Day Parade, organized by the Naperville Jaycees, is set for Mon., Sept. 2, 2024. (PN File Photo 2023)

Join the Jaycees as they celebrate the strength of Naperville’s workforce by participating with an entry in the Labor Day Parade beginning at 10AM on Mon., Sept. 2.

The Naperville Jaycees Labor Day Parade has been a favorite for generations of area residents as it steps off from Naperville North High School along Mill Street, meanders through downtown Naperville, and ends near Naperville Central. Attended annually by tens of thousands, this event which recognizes trade and labor organizations, city employees, schools and local businesses is a great way to say “thank you” to American workers and their families. In addition, the parade is a showcase of community spirit featuring what’s happening in Naperville and just beyond its borders.

The Jaycees mascot Frank E. Fling, a popular character around town, is featured in the Last Fling Parade on Labor Day. (PN File Photo)

This year’s parade will honor the late Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senator Al DeGeeter’s lifelong commitment to service above self. In his memory, the Naperville Jaycees will be collecting donations along the parade route for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

Al DeGeeter, Jaycees Rooster, always will be remembered as a Junior Chamber International Senator, dedicated bucket shaker and supporter of many worthy causes. (PN File Photo 2013)

The Last Fling Labor Day Parade starts its journey through Downtown Naperville at 10AM on Labor Day Mon., Sept. 2, 2024. For further information, to view a map of the 2024 parade route, to register, or to become a sponsor, visit lastfling.org/ParadeEntry prior to Fri., Aug. 9.

2024 Last Fling is set for Aug. 30 through Sept. 2

Four days of music, carnival rides and other amusements attract families to celebrate the end of summer during Last Fling, held annually over Labor Day weekend in downtown Naperville. (PN File Photo)

The Naperville Jaycees are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all attendees of the Last Fling, a four-day family-friendly festival, complete with a carnival, food vendors, entertainment and live music along Jackson Avenue. As in prior years, the organization is working closely with Naperville Emergency Response Teams to ensure the most up-to-date security measures are instituted in effort to achieve a secure and enjoyable Labor Day Weekend for volunteers, participants and patrons.  

Naperville Jaycees and Last Fling

Dating back to the mid-1950s, 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 its 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. Proceeds from the Last Fling over the past two decades have exceeded $2M for other nonprofit organizations in Naperville and surrounding communities. 

Naperville Jaycees meet monthly at the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873, located at 908 W. Jackson Avenue. Plenty of parking is available. (PN File Photo)

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 information about membership or programs, kindly call the chapter’s hotline at (630) 961-9375, email jcinfo@naperjaycees.org, or visit their website at naperjaycees.org

Organizers of Last Fling and the Jaycees Labor Day Parade express gratitude to the Naperville community of volunteers and sponsors that have continued to support the organization. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities for the 2024 Last Fling are available by emailing admin@lastfling.org.

For any other questions about Last Fling, contact publicrelations@lastfling.org.

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