Independence Day Celebration
2023 Theme: Star Spangled Summer
On September 14, 1814, U.S. soldiers at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry raised a huge American flag to celebrate a crucial victory over British forces during the War of 1812. The sight of those “broad stripes and bright stars” inspired Francis Scott Key to write a song that eventually became the United States national anthem. Star Spangled Summer encompasses all that our Independence Day Holiday inspires: the red, white and blue decorations, the sounds of a parade and fireworks show, the feeling of community, the warmth of summertime, and the spirit of patriotism.
Parade steps off at 10A on July 4
July 4 Parade Route (PDF)
Interested in entering a parade entry?
Join Wheaton’s 2023 Independence Day Parade and honor our country’s independence!
Capture the spirit of this year’s theme by celebrating a Star Spangled Summer. Be creative, be inspired, and design your float with these ideas in mind and together we will commemorate the holiday with a parade that honors the essence of 4th of July.
For your entry, display your patriotic spirit and show how the theme most resonates with you this year, perhaps a celebration of a new business, reopening your doors, honoring our nations freedom, or simply celebrating our “town.” All entries will be judged at the viewing stand on Front Street.
Parade route subject to change.
The parade happens rain or shine! Entry fees are non-refundable.
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2022 Parade Image Gallery
Photos © Art Cigoy
Videos by City of Wheaton
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