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The Biggest and Best Independence Day Parades in the U.S.


The Biggest and Best Independence Day Parades in the U.S.


Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July in the U.S., is a holiday in which we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the United States of America being regarded as a new nation.

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This day has become commonly associated with BBQ’s, fireworks, festivals, concerts and, most importantly, parades. From passing Washington’s most iconic monuments in DC, to watching antique cars, marching bands and unique floats, parades are one of the best ways to celebrate.

Bring the whole family and enjoy family-friendly activities and festivities. These are some of the biggest and best Independence Day parades in the country.

Bristol, Rhode Island


At 10:30 a.m. Bristol’s Fourth of July parade will begin. Get ready to experience tons of unique floats and parade bands at this 2.5 mile long parade. Your kids will have fun participating in games before the parade, there will be bleacher seats at first-come, first-served basis and shady areas are available to protect you from the sun and the heat.

Washington DC


It should not come as a surprise that our country’s capitol throws one of the biggest and best Fourth of July parades. The National Independence Day Parade is a parade like no other. It follows along Constitution Avenue and passes some of Washington’s most iconic monuments.  DC also holds the National Mall Fourth of July Celebration – one of the largest shows in the country. It lasts over 17 minutes. Fireworks are launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and will be visible from many locations in Washington D.C. and Virginia, according to nps.

Alameda, California

With over 170 floats and 2,500 participants, the Alameda 4th of July Parade is one of the longest Independence Day parades in the country. It is said to draw in over 20,000 spectators, and will feature floats, antique cars, dance troops, bands and more.

St. Louis, MO

Take your family to the famous Wentzville 2016 Liberty Fest and July 4th Parade. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and starts at Hold High School. The public is invited to participate in the parade by designing or making a float. This year’s theme is “All-Star Salute to the USA.” All of the floats will be judged by the mayor. After the parade, head to progress park for a variety of free activities. Some of these include live music, face painting and fireworks.

Cooperstown, New York

The Springfield 4th of July Parade and Celebration is not to be missed – they are celebrating 102 years. Follow the parade to the Springfield Community Center for more excitement. Enjoy live music, great food, and variety of games and activities for the whole family to participate in. At night, head to Glimmerglass State Park for a free concert.


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Philadelphia’s Fourth of July festivities are held from June 27th to July 4th. The period is full of free concerts, firework shows, block parties, parades, patriotic ceremonies and a variety of kid’s activities. Some of the most famous events include the Summer Mummer Concert on June 30, Philly @ the Movies, and Free Hoagie Day at the Independence Mall. But of course, don’t forget to attend the Independence Day Parade on July 4th. Watch marching bands, colorful floats and military groups as they come together for this event. And make sure you attend the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert – one of the largest free outdoor concerts in the country.

Town of Duck, North Carolina

Every year North Carolina hosts a one-mile 4th of July parade. This year, the 12th annual parade begins at 9 a.m. at Scarborough Lane and heads towards the ocean. After the parade, take a walk to Duck Town Park for live music and the awarding of the parade trophies.

Arlington, Texas

The Arlington Fourth of July Parade is known as the oldest event in Arlington and one of the largest 4th of July parades in Texas. The parade started in 1965 with mostly children pedaling around on red, white and blue-decorated bicycles. Today, it’s a two-mile parade with 150 entries, professionally built floats and patriotic music. It attracts approximately 75,000 spectators every year.

Bainbridge Island, Washington

Get ready for one of the most incredible fourth of July celebrations – the 2016 Grand Old 4th of July – “Bainbridge Island’s biggest party.” The day starts off with a pancake breakfast then continues on with an all-day street fair, car show, live music, food, and family activities for everyone. The day caps off with the mile-long, “Best Small Town Parade in America.”

Wheaton, IL

Gather along Main Street this 4th of July and watch Wheaton’s All-American Fourth of July Celebration. There are a ton of entries, food vendors and family friendly festivities. Also, don’t forget to head to Graf Park and watch the Wheaton fireworks at night.

Pacific Palisades, California


This 4th of July at 2 p.m. the Palisades Americanism Parade Association presents the Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade. It is known to be one of the top Independence Day parades in the country. March alongside your neighbors and enjoy some of the best bands and equestrian units in the country. Also, make sure you attend the Pacific Palisades Fireworks Spectacular at Stadium by the Sea for an incredible fireworks show.


Telluride, CO

Colorado is more than just a sightseeing and active adventure destination. It’s also an incredible place to attend for the 4th of July. Hang out in Telluride for the Fireman’s 4th of July Celebration. The parade begins at 11 a.m. on Main Street. Participate in running races, BBQ’s and family games. Watch airplane flybys, homemade floats and fireworks at night. But, most importantly, the day kicks off with the Telluride Foundation’s Rundola – a race to benefit the Telluride Foundation.

Bend, OR

Bend Oregon hosts an Independence Day parade like no other – probably because it’s all about dogs and cats. Yes, they are having a Pet Parade! Bring the whole family to enjoy family-friendly activities, fun for kids and pets. Kids are encouraged to dress in costumes with their pet or stuffed animal on floats, pulled wagons or bikes.

Brunswick, GA

Celebrate America this 4th of July at the Jekyll Island Independence Day Celebration. Wake up early and enjoy their old-fashioned parade through the Historic District. Residents and guests are encouraged to decorate their bikes, strollers, golf carts, themselves and their pets. At the end of the parade, prizes will be awarded. Then make sure you attend the fireworks display at Golden Isles at 9 p.m.

Washington, New Jersey

Warren County is hosting an incredible July 4th celebration. They are preparing for an exciting parade, concert, fireworks and even a soap box derby. The parade starts at 3 p.m. on Route 31 and runs through town to Prospect Street.