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Independence Day Celebration

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

More ways to celebrate: Honor our heroes in a patriotic tribute at Field of Honor in Seven Gables Park from June 30-July 4 – Details

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, 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.

Parking Map (PDF)

ANNUAL PARADE

July 4 | Downtown Wheaton | Steps Off at 11A

This year’s parade theme is Celebrate Our Freedom!

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. We all missed these celebrations in 2020 and are excited to bring them back for the community this year.

Parade Map
Parade Lineup & Staging Zones

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, celebrating a milestone, or simply celebrating the present.

All entries will be eligible to win an award in one of the categories listed below. All entries will be judged at the viewing stand on Union Avenue.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2021 Parade!

Parade winners:

Best Youth Group | Chi-City Tumblers
Best Non-Profit | St. John Lutheran Church & School
Go Green | Wheaton Nurseries
Best Neighborhood | LOVV-The Dance Studio
Carlson’s Best of Show | Mid-USA Falun Dafa Association
Mayor’s Spirit | Wheaton Municipal Band

Best Musical Entry | Prom Band
Bart Loiacono Most Creative | Downtown Wheaton Association
Best Use of Theme | Justin Burau
Most Patriotic | Wheaton Sports Center
Best Political | Milton Township Republican Central Committee

Awards may be picked up on weekdays from 9A-54P at the Wheaton Park District office located at 855 W. Prairie Ave.

2021 Judging Categories*

Most Patriotic | Symbolizes America and the Fourth of July
Best Youth Group | Best entry from participants under 16 yrs. old
Best Nonprofit | Best entry from a nonprofit (includes churches)
Best Neighborhood | Best entry by a Wheaton neighborhood
Carlson’s Best of Show | Overall best entry/float
Mayor’s Spirit | Best representation of Wheaton

Best Musical | Best entry performing music
Bart Loiacono Most Creative | A creative idea brought to fruition
Best Use of Theme | Best use of current parade theme
Go Green | Best Use of Recycled Materials
Best Political | A political entry that entertains or is patriotic

*Paid entries are not eligible for awards

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:

2019 Image Gallery

View all images from the 2019 celebration at https://bit.ly/3cbyRGg

Videos by City of Wheaton

CONTACT US:

Questions?

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

Sponsorship Opportunities

Please contact Amy Seklecki, Superintendent of Marketing & Special Events at aseklecki@wheatonparks.org.

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