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Independence Day Celebration

July 3 | Fireworks | Graf Park July 4 | Parade | Downtown Wheaton

Photo of flags links to Field of Honor® event details

Additional Patriotic Events:

An awe-inspiring panorama of United States flags flying at Seven Gables Park in a patriotic tribute to honor our heroes.

FIREWORKS

July 3 | Graf Park | 5:30-9:30P

Details

Fireworks are currently set to start at dusk (approximately 9 pm). The evening’s event will include lawn games, concessions, Carnival, DJ, and giveaways. A local scout troop will provide a flag ceremony in Graf Park before the fireworks show.

No alcoholic beverages, sparklers, or smoke bombs will be permitted in the park.

Parking

Please be kind to our neighbors when parking on residential streets.

ANNUAL PARADE

July 4 | Downtown Wheaton | Steps Off at 10A

July 4 is not only a celebration of our nation’s independence and a special day in America’s history but a celebration of our freedom. It commemorates the passage of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. Every year, Americans honor the 4th of July as the birthday of the United States with firework shows, parades, and backyard barbecues while reflecting on our great nation with loved ones.

 Parade applications are due by June 22, 2022.

Parade Application
2022 Float Entry Award Categories

Best Youth Group
Best Non-Profit
Go Green
Best Neighborhood
Carlson’s Best of Show
Mayor’s Spirit

Best Musical Entry
Bart Loiacono Most Creative
Best Use of Theme
Most Patriotic
Best Political

Parade Route
View parade route map PDF (opens in new window)
Parade Parking

The parking options listed below are free and available to the public on weekends:

Wheaton Place Garage
232 W Wesley St, 1st & 2nd Floor

Willow Avenue Garage
220 S Cross St, 1st Floor

Public Parking Lot #2
South side of 100 block of Wesley St

MEDIA GALLERY:

2021 Parade Image Gallery

Photos © Mark Lanes

Videos by City of Wheaton

CONTACT US:

Questions?

Please contact Joseph Viso, Marketing & Special Events Coordinator at jviso@wheatonparks.org.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Please contact Margie Wilhelmi, Director of Marketing at mwilhelmi@wheatonparks.org.

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