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Golden Jubilee

Franklin Park’s Golden Jubilee celebration ran from July 1-5, 1942. A book was published to commemorate the event: 50th Anniversary, Village of Franklin Park 1892-1942, Golden Jubilee July 1 to 5, 1942. So, what was The Golden Jubilee celebration like? A dedication of Mannheim Bridge was made. Parades, fireworks, drawing of bonds and prizes, dancing, concerts and different exhibitions comprised the 5-day event. With starting times of 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. and closing times of 11 p.m. each day, there were plenty of events for Franklin Parkers to enjoy. Some events were duplicated during the 5 days. For a complete listing of the events, see pages 50 and 51 of the Golden Jubilee Book. We are fortunate to have received photographs from Rodger Hammill depicting portions of the parades, which not only give you an idea of what the parade consisted of, but also views of Franklin Ave. and Mannheim Rd., so you can compare and contrast with what each of these streets look like today.

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