Labor Day

Local unions join in solidarity across the state to celebrate Illinois' working families.  Contact your Central Labor Council for details on parades, picnics, church services and activities.

Aug. 12-20 – Illinois AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion Exhibition
Location:  Illinois AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion on the southeast side of the Illinois State Fairgrounds.  The Illinois AFL-CIO is encouraging local unions, building trades councils and central labor councils to “Adopt a Day” to staff the labor pavilion and showcase your organization to thousands of people.  Organizations that Adopt a Day will be provided with a block of entrance tickets and parking passes for its volunteers and will have the opportunity to distribute information while meeting the public and spreading the word about the importance of labor unions.  Local unions will provide giveaways to promote union-made products - such as pens, pencils, rulers, color books, fly swatters, cups, stickers, magnets, etc.  We expect between 1,000-3,000 people each day.   
Time:  The pavilion will be open from 10am to 5pm daily
Contact:  Amy Rueff, 217-492-2633 or 
Aug. 24 & 27 – James Stanley Charity Softball Tournament
Location: Gordon Moore Park, Alton, IL on hwy. 140.
Contact:  B. Dean Webb, 618-259-8558
Aug. 27 – Labor Celebration Parade & Picnic - kids games, food and refreshement
Location:  Parade starts at Wood River IL Round House, parade will continue North on Wood River Ave and end at the Wilshire Village Parking Lot in East Alton, IL.
Picnic for Union Members and their family –following parade at Gordon Moore Park, Alton, IL on hwy. 140. (Wrist Bands are required to attend Picnic, see your local union)
Time:  Parade lineup begins at 8:00 a.m & starts at 10 a.m. / Picnic starts after parade completion.
Contact:  B. Dean Webb, 618-259-8558 or Nick Dodson, 618 363-1384
September 1– Southwestern Illinois CLC 54th annual Labor Awards Dinner 
Location: Panorama Banquet Center (downstairs), Bel-Air Bowl, 200 S. Belt West, Belleville, IL 62220
Time: Doors open 6:00 p.m. with Dinner at 7:00p.m.
Cost: $25 per person in advance $30 at the door for dinner, Sponsor ad book $75 or $150.
Contact: Charles Kaemmerer, Jr. at 618-979-4953 or Scot Luchtefeld at 618-340-8300.
Sept. 5 – Labor Day Parade & Picnic
Location: Parade is in downtown Belleville, lineup starts in 4th block of South 1st St., and will end at Hough Park with the annual Picnic. Parade & Picnic open to union members and their families ONLY and food, beverages, rides and games for kids are available.
Time: Parade - 8:00 a.m. lineup, 10:00 a.m. start / Picnic – 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Scot Luchtefeld, 618-340-8300
Sept. 5 – Labor Day Parade followed by a dinner in Miller Park for union members and their families.  
Location:  Downtown Bloomington – starting at Front and Center Streets 
Time:  Parade – 9 a.m. line up, 10 a.m. start / Lunch – 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  $6 box lunch 
Contact:  For questions or an application contact  
Aug. 27 – Labor Council Picnic 
Location:  Fox Ridge State Park, 8 miles south of Charleston on Rt. 130 
Time:  Lunch – Noon – 4:00 p.m. Music, BBQ dinner – all active or retired union members welcome.
Contact:  Contact John Warner at 217-855-2839  .
Sept. 5 – Labor Day Parade & Picnic 
Location:  Downtown Urbana – starting at the corner of Chester St. and Main St and ends at West Side Park with a picnic.
Time:  Parade staging begins at 8:30 a.m. and begins at 10 a.m.  A picnic will immediately follow at Prairie Park (1202 E. Washington) in Urbana.   
Contact:  Matt Kelly at 217-621-5201 or David Beck at 217-721-5344
Sept. 5 – Labor Day Parade
Location:  Downtown Danville
Time:  8:00 a.m. lineup, 9 a.m. start
Contact:  Vermilion County Federation of Labor President, Oscar Williams -
Sept. 5 – Labor Day Parade & Picnic
Location:  Downtown Decatur, line up on South Franklin Street at Wood Street
Time:  8:30 a.m. lineup, 10 a.m. start; Theme:   VOTE YES FOR WORKERS RIGHTS
Parade Contact:  Riki Dial, 217-299-5373
There will be a picnic in the Fairview Park immediately following the parade until 2 PM.  
Comment:  This is the 9th annual combined picnic of all labor unions in Macon County, expecting about 2,500 participants.  Free to union sponsors, $25 for general public.
Picnic Contact:  Lloyd Holman, 217-620-4923
Sept. 5 – Labor Day Parade – 130th Annual
Location:  Downtown Galesburg, IL – Main Street
Time:  10 a.m. start
Contact: Galesburg Trades & Labor Assembly President Randall Bryan, 309-335-0907
Sept. 5 – Labor Day Parade and Picnic – Live music, food and refreshments
Location:  Parade lineup begins at 9:00 a.m. in downtown Granite City on State Street between Niedringhaus & 18th Streets and will go to Wilson Park for picnic for Union Members and their family
Time:  Parade starts at 10:00 a.m.
Contact:  B. Dean Webb, 618-259-8558 or Mike Fultz 618-931-7212, cell 618-409-4314
Sep. 5 – Labor Day Parade.
Location: Parade - Downtown Peoria – details coming soon on assembly area.  
Labor Day Party – on the Riverfront at parade’s end. There will be food, music and fun for all!
Time:  Parade starts at 10 a.m. with parade lineup at 8:30 a.m.
Contact:  Lisa Uphoff at 309-672-1967
Sep. 5 – Labor Day Parade
Location: East Moline – lineup at John Deere Harvester Works parking lot, 1100 13th Avenue in East Moline
Time: Lineup at 9 a.m.; parade starts at 11 a.m. and proceeds along 15th Avenue.
Contact:  Dan Gosa, 309-788-1303
Aug. 27 – Labor Day Picnic sponsored by Western Trades & Labor Assembly and Machinists Lodge #822.
Location: Machinists Hall & Grounds, 2929 N. 5th Street, Quincy, IL
Time:  Picnic 11 am to 4 pm / Lunch will be served from 12 pm to 2 pm.  Open to all area union members including retirees and their immediate families.  Live band from 2pm to 5pm.  We are asking each family to bring non-perishable food items for charity.
Contact: Steve Marrold, 309-645-4903
Sept. 5 – Labor Day Parade, Picnic & Car Show
Location:  Davis Park, 320 S Wyman Street, Rockford, IL
Time:   10am to 3pm
Contact:   Paul Nolley 815-904-6833 or Brad Long 815-263-2865
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS Aug. 26 through Sept 5 – DuQuoin Illinois State Fair 
Labor Pavilion will be open each day of the fair and is sponsored by The Egyptian Building Trades
Twilight Parade will be held at 6 PM on Aug. 26 for union members wishing to walk with the Union float(s)