Star Wars™ Day Not So Far, Far Away

SWD parade 2023

Saturday, June 1, will be no ordinary day in downtown Joliet, as it is transformed into the Joliet Public Library’s 13th Annual Star Wars™ Day—a FREE family friendly festival of galactic proportions complete with over 100 costumed Star Wars™ characters, games, exhibits, vendors and more.

The event will kick off at 11 a.m. with a parade of costumed characters from the Star Wars™ films. The parade route will start at the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago St., head south on Chicago Street, west on Clinton Street, and end on the Library’s front lawn.

The Library is pleased to host Artist Alley, which will feature Star Wars™ artists and authors, located on the Library’s first floor, Ottawa Street Lobby.

The event will shut down a portion of Chicago Street, including the Library’s parking lot, and a portion of Clinton Street for the day’s activities, including food vendors, music and games for kids. Parking is available at both the Ottawa Street and Clinton Street parking garages.

Fun will include the Joliet Area Historical Museum and Renaissance Center, where all of the Star Wars™ merchandise vendors will be hosted. Stop by to see what they have to offer! The event will end at 3 p.m.

Food vendors include Auntie Anne’s, Cemeno’s Pizza, Gigi’s Sweets on the Go!, Salubrious Stop, Smokin’ Z BBQ, Sunshine Mexican Cafe and TCBY.

This event is made possible through partnerships and generous sponsorships with the City of Joliet, Joliet Township Government, Friends of the Joliet Public Library, Old National Bank, D’Arcy Buick GMC, Heritage Corridor Destinations, Joliet Area Historical Museum, Joliet City Center Partnership, Exxon Mobil, TBS (Today’s Business Solutions), and Complete Cleaning Company.

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