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Deep Roots, High Hopes: An Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade and Celebration
July 4 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 pmFree
This will be the 31st annual event and parade entries will include local scouting troops, firefighters from Station 5, the Central High School Kilties, antique cars and trucks, Victorian Ladies Marching Drill Team, floats, and more!
Children and their parents/guardians interested in marching or riding bicycles in the parade are welcome to join the Kids Bike Brigade! Parents must accompany young children or those needing special assistance. (WAITING TO SECURE SPONSOR)
This year’s Grand Marshal will be Monica Horton, Springfield City Council Zone 1 representative. She will ride in a 1929 Model-A Ford Phaeton.
The parade begins at 10:00 am at the intersection of Central and Drury Lane, heads west on Central to Benton, turns right, heads north on Benton, turns right, or east on Calhoun by historic Drury President’s home, left, or north on Washington Avenue, then finally right, or east on Locust to Washington Park where the celebration continues!
The celebration at historic Washington Park is held after the parade, between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, with the national anthem sung by Jennifer Stammers. There will be music, free ice cream treats and water provided as well as free children’s games! Food will be available for purchase from the DNA BBQ food truck. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on. Prizes will be awarded for the following categories: Best Overall, Best Theme Interpretation, Best Children’s Float, Best Children’s Marching Unit, Best Adult Float, and Best Adult Marching Unit.
Parade slots are still available at $10 for individuals and organizations, $25 for business entries, and $50 for political entries. Veteran groups may participate for free. If a politician does not want to be in the parade and would like a table at the park (supplied by the politician) it is $20.
Washington Park is one of Springfield’s two oldest parks established in 1869 along with Lafayette Park in the town of North Springfield.