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Salute to America Independence Day Parade

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Saturday, July 4, 2020
11:00 AM

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Philadelphia Independence Day Parade
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Web: Welcome America.com

Email: Todd Marcocci, Parade Producer

Phone: 610-431-1121

If you're interested in entering your band in The Salute to America Independence Day Parade, please request an application from Todd Marcocci at the contact info above.
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Philadelphia Independence Day Parade Logo IMPORTANT NOTICE (May 12, 2020): The City of Philadelphia today announced that the 2020 Wawa Welcome America festival will be delivered virtually in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the health and safety of the community top of mind, Welcome America, Inc. supports the City's decision, and remains committed to hosting a festival that engages residents in every neighborhood of Philadelphia and across the nation in celebration of America's Independence Day.

This year, Wawa Welcome America will be reimagined to create meaningful, at-home experiences that will embody the same spirit of celebration that Philadelphians have come to know and love over the past 28 years. Arts, culture, education, history and performance will continue to play a starring role in thefestival, along with new virtual opportunities to expand and enhance Wawa Welcome America's free andinteractive programming.


The Salute to America Independence Day Parade in Philadelphia offers a one-of-a-kind experience which is especially meaningful on July 4th. The location alone is significant, as the parade passes directly in front of Independence Hall where the U.S. Constitution was signed and our freedom was born. Yet the historic significance goes beyond the location and is also reflected in the parade elements.

The parade is designed to be a chronological procession of history, illustrating the impact the Constitution had — and still has — on our lives. The parade begins with Native Americans followed by historical entities from the 1700s and the Civil War period. A salute to the military paves the way for a celebration of the future of our nation: the youth. The parade ends with a celebration of cultural and social diversity featuring dance groups from many countries and much more. Modern-day marching bands, drum corps and drill teams are an important part of the lineup that also incorporates historic and military music groups.

The 1.2-mile rectangular route travels through the historic district of Philadelphia, retracing the steps of our founding fathers from more than two centuries ago. The parade begins at the intersection of 5th and Chestnut Streets and travels west to 9th Street. The parade travels north one block, turns right onto Market Street for eight blocks, then makes a final right turn onto Front Street and ends at Chestnut Street. The entire parade route is free and open to the general public.

2018 Participating Marching Units

Philadelphia Independence Day Parade Photos
• C.V. Russell Jr. Ambassador Marching Band, Virginia
• Dev Garjana Percussion Band, Virginia
• East Coast Westsiders Drill Team, Maryland
• Falun Dafa Drum Band, Maryland
• Ferko String Band, Pennsylvania
• Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps, New Jersey
• Mattatuck Drum Band, Connecticut
• Music City Drum and Bugle Corps, Tennessee

Related Events

• Philadelphia is a great place to be on Independence Day because July 4th marks the culmination of the 10-day "WAWA Welcome America!" celebration. Immediately after the parade, nearby Ben Franklin Parkway is the site of an afternoon street party. In the evening, the area is home to a televised concert featuring major artists and an amazing choreographed fireworks show. For a complete schedule of events, visit the "WAWA Welcome America!" website at WelcomeAmerica.com.
• Bands traveling to Philadelphia for The Salute to America Independence Day Parade can take advantage of many educational opportunities by touring historic sites such as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Center and Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Future Dates

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

For More Information

Web: WelcomeAmerica.com

Email: Todd Marcocci, Parade Producer
Phone: 610-431-1121

If you're interested in entering your band in The Salute to America Independence Day Parade, please request an application from Todd Marcocci at the contact info above.