The Philadelphia Independence Day Parade offers a one-of-a-kind experience which is especially meaningful on July 4th. The location alone is significant, as the parade passes directly in front of
Independence Hall where the U.S. Constitution was signed and our freedom was born. Yet the historic significance goes beyond the location and is also reflected in the parade elements.
The parade is designed to be a chronological procession of history, illustrating the impact the Constitution had and still has on our lives.
The parade begins with Native Americans followed by historical entities from the 1700s and the Civil War period. A salute to the military paves the way
for a celebration of the future of our nation: the youth. The parade ends with a celebration of cultural and social diversity featuring dance groups from many countries and much more.
Modern-day marching bands, drum corps and drill teams are an important part of the lineup that also incorporates historic and military music groups.
The 1.2-mile rectangular route travels through the historic district of Philadelphia, retracing the steps of our founding fathers from more than two centuries ago. The parade
begins at the intersection of 5th and Chestnut Streets and travels west to 9th Street. The parade travels north one block, turns right onto Market Street for eight blocks, then makes a
final right turn onto Front Street and ends at Chestnut Street. The entire parade route is free and open to the general public.
• C.V. Russell Jr. Ambassador Marching Band, Virginia
• Chapparells Baton and Drum Corps, Ohio
• Conestoga Angels Drill Team, Pennsylvania
• Dev Garjana Percussion Group, Virginia
• Falun Dafa Waist Drum Band, Maryland
• Ferko String Band, Pennsylvania
• Hegeman String Band, Pennsylvania
• Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps, New Jersey
• Lena-Winslow High School Band, Illinois
• Mattatuck Drum Band, Connecticut
• Philadelphia is a great place to be on Independence Day because July 4th marks the culmination of the 10-day "WAWA Welcome America!
Immediately after the parade, nearby Ben Franklin Parkway is the site of an afternoon street party. In the evening, the area is home to a televised concert featuring major artists and
an amazing choreographed fireworks show. For a complete schedule of events, visit the "WAWA Welcome America!" website at www.WelcomeAmerica.com
• Bands traveling to Philadelphia for the Independence Day Parade can take advantage of many educational opportunities by touring historic sites such as Independence Hall,
the Liberty Bell Center and Valley Forge National Historical Park.
Email: Todd Marcocci
, Parade Producer
If you're interested in entering your band in the Philadelphia Independence Day Parade,
please request an application from Todd Marcocci at the contact info above.