170th Kankakee County Seat Anniversary
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2023
The Kankakee Day Planning Committee will host a “Make Music in Kankakee Day,” an all day open jam session, on Kankakee Day, Wednesday, June 21, from 11am – 7pm on the 200 block of S Schuyler Ave, involving the businesses on that block and utilizing the Farmer’s Market Gazebo. This is an open mic for musicians, to honor both Kankakee County’s 170th birthday as well as International Make Music Day. Come out and celebrate with us, order from Johnny’s Pizza or other nearby restaurants, and enjoy the music.
$2 a slice of pizza from Johnny’s Pizza during Kankakee Day’s music jam session from 11am to 7pm – offer good for anyone gathering at the gazebo.
No Dogs Sports Bar
Happy Kankakee Day from all of us at Napa Auto Parts! Visit Napa at 151 E Station St, Kankakee, IL 60901
Free day at the Kankakee County Museum Wednesday June 21st from 10 am – 4 pm in celebration of Kankakee Day.
Drink specials at Out on a Limb for Kankakee Day
$2 Bud Light
$1.00 Canadian Club w/ soda
$4.00 Fireball Shots
About Kankakee Day
On June 21st, 1853 the town known (at the time) as Kankakee Depot was voted the official government seat for newly-founded Kankakee County. Shortly thereafter, such time-revered city landmarks as the courthouse were established creating its downtown.
One hundred years later, quite a bit of fanfare was held by local citizens, businesses, and organizations throughout the streets of that same downtown in honor of the first Kankakee Centennial Celebration.
The citizens of Kankakee Area have a lot to be proud of: an extremely rich cultural and economic heritage; a unique natural landscape courtesy of the Kankakee River; and a continuously developing history of outstanding community leaders.
Today, Kankakee continues as a breeding ground for creative genius, a growing hub for the arts, and a cornucopia of charitable hearts, famous for its uncanny ability to materialize respite in times of great need.
On Kankakee Day, citizens are encouraged to enjoy the outdoors, learn about local history, engage in community service projects, get involved with local happenings, attend local events, support local government, talk to local leaders, eat local cuisine, patronize local businesses, and most importantly of all Love Kankakee.
On June 21, 1953, the City of Kankakee celebrated its heritage and centennial with the massive Kankakee Centennial Parade. For Kankakee’s citizenry it was an opportunity to express pride in their community, by both honoring the past and demonstrating their confidence in the future.