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National Independence Day Parade

Washington, D.C.

Saturday, July 4, 2020
11:45 AM

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National Independence Day Parade IMPORTANT NOTICE (May 15, 2020): We regret to inform you that the 2020 National Independence Day Parade has been canceled. Following a recent meeting between the National Park Service and the Department of Interior, it was determined that local leadership is projecting that COVID-19 infection levels will not be abated to the degree that it would be safe or prudent to conduct the July 4, 2020, National Independence Day Parade.

While this comes as a disappointment, it is probably not surprising nor unexpected. We must respect the decision of local government leaders and have canceled all preparations for the 2020 National Independence Day Parade.

We regret this circumstance. At the same time, we realize everyone has been dealing with this pandemic in your own communities, families, and schools with very challenging consequences, fears, anxieties, and disruptions. The parade will return in 2021 with the assurance that life will eventually return to normal. We look forward to seeing you in DC next year to celebrate America's 245th birthday together!

Nowhere is there greater excitement on America's birthday than in the nation's capital. The National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. takes place annually on July 4th. The parade is a patriotic, flag-waving, red-white-and-blue celebration of America's birthday. An enthusiastic audience numbering hundreds of thousands gathers to view the procession of invited bands, military and specialty units, and floats.

The parade travels on Constitution Avenue along the National Mall from 7th to 17th Street. The parade is co-hosted by the National Park Service and produced by Diversified Events, which is under contract to the National Park Service. Also involved is Music Celebrations International which has selected and provided arrangements for bands marching in the National Independence Day Parade for many years.

National Independence Day Parade The National Selection Committee's goal is for the parade to include representation from all parts of the United States. Marching bands interested to participate must submit a recording, photos and biographical information detailing experience and honors such as past adjudication results or festival ratings. Marching bands are selected on the basis of overall quality and geographical, ethnic and stylistic diversity.

Many participants and band directors have enjoyed experiencing the patriotism, inspiration and spectacle of July 4th in the nation's capital. It's a place and time where people put aside differences and unite to celebrate the birth of this country and the freedoms it preserves.

2019 Participating Bands

• Drury H.S. Marching Band, North Adams, MA
• Eastern Alamance H.S. Marching Eagles, Mebane, NC
• Hoke County H.S. Mighty Marching Bucks, Raeford, NC
• La Salle H.S. Marching Band, Cincinnati, OH
• Newsome H.S. Wolfpack Marching Band, Lithia, FL
• North Brunswick H.S. Band, Leland, NC
• Northern Lights Homeschool Marching Band, Belding, MI
• Phillip & Sala Burton H.S. Marching Band, San Francisco, CA
• Ridgeland-Hardeeville H.S. Marching Jaguars, Ridgeland, SC
• Salmen H.S. Band, Slidell, LA
• Silver Creek H.S. Band, Longmont, CO
• Slidell H.S. Marching Band, Slidell, LA
• Strom Thurmond Rebel Regiment, Johnston, SC
• Terrebonne H.S. Marching Band, Houma, LA
• Timberland H.S. Marching Band, St. Stephen, SC
• Waterville H.S. Marching Band, Waterville, NY
• Williston H.S. Band, Williston, ND

Related Events

The National Independence Day Parade is a substantial part of, but by no means the only, excitement of being in the nation's capital on July 4th.
• A National Folklife Festival on the Mall features different cultures in the Americas and a variety of ethnic groups.
• In the evening, parade participants are part of the audience of "A Capitol Fourth" — the PBS Concert at the Capitol Building, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra and one of the country's largest fireworks displays.

Future Dates

Saturday, July 4, 2020
Sunday, July 4, 2021
Monday, July 4, 2022
(Always held on July 4)

For More Information

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Email: Contact Us

Mail: National Independendence Day Parade
1440 S. Priest Dr. #102
Tempe, AZ 85281

Phone: 800-395-2036

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