Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Wilmington Illinois Lighted Holiday Day Parade this Saturday

Wilmington, Illinois is kicking off the holiday season with a lighted holiday parade Saturday, November 27th.  The parade starts at 4:30 p.m.

No alcohol will be allowed during the parade line-up or during the parade itself.

According to the Wilmington, Illinois website, no live Santas are allowed as Santa Claus will arrive in Wilmington for the parade.

The community tree will be lighted following the parade.

If you are looking to grab a bite to eat in Wilmington, willcountynews recommends Hayden's Crossing, one of the most unique restaurants in Will County.  Located in Downtown Wilmington, Hayden's Crossing was made from recycled barn lumber.  You can see pictures of the barn and the process of using the barn wood for the restaurant on Hayden's Crossing's website.

Hayden's Crossing's name also refers to an important piece of Will County History.  As this 1909 plat map of Florence Township shows, Hayden's Station--in section 1--was inside the footprint of the Joliet Arsenal and now the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.  On the Wabash Railroad Line, Hayden's Station was a place where farmers could bring milk to send on the train for sale.