When the financial situation of Northwest Suburban Rolling Meadows forced the City into a situation where it was unable to pay for community events, the Mayor refused to let his community down. Mayor Tom Rooney, along with the newly formed Rolling Meadows Community Events Foundation, took over and hosted the City's annual Fourth of July Festival.
This year's event was opened up to any business, person, or organization that wanted to be in the parade. Unlike in previous years, businesses no longer had to pay the Rolling Meadows Chamber of Commerce a fee to enter the parade. Anybody that wanted to be in the parade was told to be at Central High School by 11:00 a.m. on the Fourth of July.
Not knowing how many businesses would actually participate or how many spectators would show up, some in the community wondered how the parade would be received. However, now that the event is over, everyone in the community can agree that the parade was a success. Even a temperature of 96 degrees with a Heat Index of 104 at the beginning of the parade could not keep the community spirit down.
Local officials, police, firemen, businesses, and even a few stragglers walked the streets of Rolling Meadows to celebrate both Independence Day and their Community.
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