KANKAKEE COUNTY has a rich and diverse cultural legacy. The fourth week of June, year 2020, will showcase the work of an inter-organizational collaboration aimed at highlighting some of this experience for the enrichment of visitors and and citizens. June marks the month in which: our County seat was established; the first week-long Kankakee centennial celebration was held in 1953; and local tourism flourishes as summer begins.

HERITAGE WEEK - all are encouraged to celebrate the greatness of Kankakee County, as businesses, nonprofits, and civic organizations give tribute its formation. Take a self-guided tour. The following itinerary lists items that take place during Kankakee County Heritage Appreciation Week or are closely related to the mission of this awareness campaign.


We have compiled a list of events that take place during Kankakee County Heritage Appreciation Week as well as those specifically being run in association with the celebration. Please review the following items and plan your self-guided tour! In June, hard copies of the final itinerary may found at participating locations.


June 21-27, Museum Free Admission Days, Kankakee County Museum
TBA, Kankakee Centennial Presentation, Kankakee Public Library
June 20-21, Kankakee Railroad Museum, Kankakee Train Depot
June 21, Kankakee Day, Kankakee, Illinois
TBA, Noel De Levasseur Presentation, Bourbonnais Public Library
TBA, Guided Historic Bourbonnais Walking Tour, The Library Bar
TBA, Everglades of the North Film, Kankakee Community College

June 5-6, Bradley Fire Dept Fish Fry, Bradley, Illinois
June 6, Momence Heritage Day, Momence, Illinois
June 17-23, Juneteenth Celebration, TBA
June 24-28, Bourbonnais Friendship Festival, Bourbonnais Municipal Center
August 5-9, Gladiolus Festival, Momence, Illinois

CONTRIBUTE - How do you plan to celebrate? We'll share it. Here are some ideas to help your creative process.

  • Create a new event or promote a relevant recurring one
  • Focus on the local history or accomplishments of a specific organization or place
  • Introduce the community to intriguing or little-known facts
  • Write an article for inclusion on this page
  • Self promote and cross promote. Use social media, print ads, word-of-mouth, or other means to publicize what you're doing.