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Springfields Old-Fashioned 4th of July Parade and Celebration at Washington Park
Springfield's Old-Fashioned 4th of July Parade and Celebration at Washington Park is quickly approaching.
The entire city is invited and the event is held within the Midtown Historic DistrictSpringfields largest
nationally registered historic district.
This will be the 29th annual event and this years theme will be, Me & You and Red, White, and Blue!
Date: Thursday, July 4, 2019
Time: 10:00am 1:00pm (rain or shine)
The parade will be led by The Firefighters Honor Guard with a fire truck and entries include: Central High
Kilties, antique cars, antique trucks, Victorian Ladies Marching Drill Team, floats, and more! Children are
invited to march or ride their bicycles in the parade at no charge as part of the Kids Bike Brigade! Bike
decorations are provided at parade start. Parents must accompany young children or those needing special
This years Grand Marshals are retiring Boyd elementary principal, Andrea Fraser, and new principal, Angela Holloway Payne.
The celebration at historic Washington Park is held after the parade, between 11:00am and 1:00pm with the
national anthem sung by Aubrey Smith. There will be live music from The Norman Jackson Band from about 11:30am to 1 pm. There will be free ice cream from Hiland Dairy* and water provided as well as free childrens 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. Framed certificates will be awarded for the following categories: Best Overall, Best Theme Interpretation, Best Childrens Float, Best Childrens Marching Unit, Best Adult Float, and Best Adult Marching Unit.
The parade lineup is on Drury Lane and begins at 10:00am 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 Presidents home, left, or north on Washington Avenue, then finally right, or east on Locust to Washington Park where the celebration continues!
Parade slots are still available at $10 for individuals and organizations, $25 for businesses and $50 for political entries. Veterans and kids in the Bike Brigade are free. If a politician does not want to be in the parade and would like a table at the park (supplied by politician) it is $20.
The Norman Jackson Band is a virtuoso group of musicians that placed 3rd in the world at the 2016
International Blues Challenge Finals in Memphis, Tennessee. Norman Jackson was raised on the south side of Chicago singing in the church where his father was minister. Jackson grew up listening to blues, R&B and rock, and fully immersed himself in the citys rich blues scene, even meeting legends like Sam Cooke and B.B. King. Jackson was ordained as a minister at age 22 and began singing and traveling widely in gospel groups. He moved to Springfield around 1990 and joined Don Shipps Titanic Blues Band.
Washington Park is in the 1600 block of north Summit and is one of Springfields two oldest parks
established in 1869 along with Lafayette Park.
The parade and celebration is sponsored by The Midtown Neighborhood Association.
For more information or a parade application, please contact: email- [email protected]; to leave phone message-417-501-9732. For updates: www.facebook.com/midtownsgf
*Free ice cream while supplies last.