Frontier Days Officially Postponed to Summer 2021 Due to Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic

Rick Springfield performing at Frontier Days
Rick Springfield performing at Frontier Days. Arlington Heights

The Board of Directors of Frontier Days, Inc. announced Wednesday April 29, 2020 that due to the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, the Frontier Days Festival 2020 will be postponed until 2021.

The board state this was a difficult decision but that the safety and well being of the Red Shirt volunteers, Festival attendees, vendors, and suppliers was their first concern.

With state guidelines in mind, it would not be safe to bring large groups of people together early in July.

We feel confident that our scientists, medical personnel and all Americans will all pull together and defeat this virus. We will survive this and look forward to bringing Frontier Days back in 2021 to celebrate our nation’s birthday as well as all of those who have helped get our nation through this time of crisis.

— Frontier Days, Inc. Board of Directors

Frontier Days was first held in the 1975 as a way to celebrate the 200 year birthday of the United States. A Bicentennial Commission was appointed by the Village of Arlington Heights to host a village wide celebration.

After the successful first event, the committee stayed together and began what has become the annual 4th of July celebration in Arlington Heights. Frontier Days continued uninterrupted, but almost shut down in 1992 because of complaints by nearby neighbors. The music entertainment in the early years was in the northwest corner of Recreation Park near Belmont Avenue and Miner Street before the Main Stage was located in the southeast corner of the park near Northwest Highway and Kensington Road.

Rick Springfield performing at Frontier Days
Rick Springfield performing at Frontier Days, Arlington Heights
Frontier Days Speed Ride in Arlington Heights
Frontier Days Speed Ride in Arlington Heights.
Balloons Frontier Days
Balloons Frontier Days.

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Tough decision for the Board …

2019 Board
Janelle Kulisch, President
Tom Peterson, Vice President
Carmella Lowth, Treasurer
Kay Leck, Secretary
Mary Ann Kornblum
Pat Peery
Gloria Vossburgh
Arron Wiltse
Jim Glueckert, Co-Chairman
Kim Kase, Co-Chairman