The Parade

Grand Marshal: Dr.Peter Schiffer Vice Chancellor for Research
Theme:Salute To Education

11:05 am Start

Everyone loves a parade whether it’s for the floats, marching bands, or nostalgia of the red, white, and blue. Parade participants and onlookers can look forward to a great parade lineup and viewing under the shade, all along Kirby / Florida Avenue and Lincoln Avenue. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy.

The parade begins near First & Kirby. Continues East on Florida to Lincoln Ave. then proceeds North on Lincoln Ave to California. Parade units turn onto Illinois street to disperse and exit area at Goodwin Ave.

Potty houses and vendors are located throughout the parade route. See the map for exact locations.

Join the fun!

Be sure to review our parade rules.

Or you can Print the paper form

Be sure to review our parade rules.

2017 Parade Line-Up

  • Exchange Club
  • Collections
  • American Legion Post #24 Color Guard
  • Vehicle with Color Guard
  • Grand Marshal Car--Dr. Peter Schiffer
  • Gold Star Mothers
  • Georgetown Ridge Farm Marching Band
  • CCFC President -- Margaret Givens
  • City of Champaign Mayor -- Deb Feinen
  • City of Champaign Council
  • City of Urbana Mayor -- Diane Marlin
  • Village of Savoy President -- Joan Dykstra
  • Village of Savoy Trustees -- Dee Shonkwiler
  • U of I float
  • B Company 634 BSB
  • Champaign County GOP
  • VFW Post 630
  • Rising Star Dancers
  • Life is For Everyone
  • National Kidney Association
  • HMD Academy
  • Champaign Urbana MTD
  • Owens Funeral Home
  • Champaign County ACLU
  • CU Immigration Forum
  • Chinese American Association of Illinois
  • Stephens Family YMCA
  • Edge Scott Fire Protection
  • Dragon Claw Academy of Kung Fu
  • Urbana Park District
  • Shaffer Sanitary
  • Urbana Fire Department
  • Heartland Pathways
  • Blank
  • Chinese Students and Scholoars Association
  • Blue Ridge Marching Band
  • Friends of Judge Randy Rosenbaum
  • Champaign and Urbana Emergency Support Team
  • Balloon --News-Gazette Platinum Sponsor -- Oscar the Grouch
  • Savoy Fire Department
  • Wells Fargo Stage Coach
  • Knights of Columbus #891
  • Urbana and Champaign Masonic Organization
  • Chris' Water Gardens
  • Mattex Heating and Cooling
  • Shipley Septic Services
  • C-U Elks Lodge 2497
  • Urbana Girls' Summer Softball
  • CCFC Float -- Chuggers the Train
  • RI Pittman Det. 1231 marine Corp League
  • Boy Scouts of America Troop
  • Urbana Sister Cities
  • Champaign Urbana Crop Walk
  • Jazzercise of Champaign
  • CU Kiwanis Tom Jones Challenger League
  • Collaborating To Win
  • Feinen for Mayor
  • Wishes on Wheels
  • Urbana Scouts -- Girl Scouts 2229, Boy Scouts 104, Cub Scouts 114
  • Blank
  • "Big Eagle" Wind Beneath My Wings
  • Champaign Firefighters Pension Fund
  • Active Senior Republicans
  • Kimberly Bassett Antique Vehicle
  • St. Joe-Ogden Marching Band
  • Champaign County Bikes
  • County Clerk Gordy Hulten
  • Slowride Pedal Tours
  • Dr. David Gill for Congress
  • WDWS/WHMS
  • News-Gazette
  • Sponsor Float -- School is Out-America!
  • Carroll Fire Protection
  • Balloon -- Busey Bank Platinum Sponsor - Bear
  • Wings of Wonder
  • Champaign County Astronomical Society
  • Miss Amazing -- Summer Nagele PreTeen Queen 2017
  • Miss Amazing -- Summer Nagele PreTeen Queen 2017
  • Ansar Ag Corps
  • Ansar Hi-Lo Wheelers
  • Ansar Illini Shrine Club
  • Alliance Champaign Daughters of American Revolution
  • Corvette Club of Illinois
  • Classy Combinations
  • Talecris Plasma Resources
  • Reynolds Towing
  • Animal Hospital at the Crossing
  • Fagan Scooters Presents Restaurants of Downtown Champaign
  • Matt Difanis Real Estate Team
  • Champaign County Head Start
  • Illini Radio Group
  • Champaign County Democratic Central Committee
  • Chad Beckett for Judge
  • Eastern Prairie Fire Protection
  • Champaign County Fair Association
  • Champaign County Fair Queen
  • Raheem Ali Carter Scholarship
  • Presence PRO Ambulance
  • Feldkamp Towing
  • Feldkamp Towing
  • Skip Thompson's Rentals with Candy Foster and Shades of Blue
  • Adventists in Action
  • Champaign Unit 4 Schools
  • Champaign Rotary
  • Shipley Septic Service
  • John-Paul Buzard -- Antique Vehicle
  • Champaign County Clerk Van
  • Cork Family and Friends
  • Cork Family and Friends
  • Champaign County Black Chamber of Commerce
  • People's Climate Movement
  • Pro-Life Central and Southern Illinois
  • Rattle the Stars
  • Champaign Urbana Theatre Company
  • The Guardians of the Children
  • Champaign Park District
  • Filipino Association of East Central Illinois
  • Lady Lynn Live Gospel Show
  • WEFT Radio

Parade Information

Parade staging information: please refer to parade map or contact us at parade@july4th.net

Parade Map

Download Map

Crafting a float? Check out our Float Resources

Enjoy shaded comfort in the Seniors' Tent

Parade Broadcast

The parade will NOT be live on UPTV, but will be rebroadcast on Comcast channel 6, AT&T U-Verse channel 99, and online at urbanapublictelevision.org during the dates and times below and on the UPTV YouTube channel once available.

7/5/17 (Wed) - 2, 4, 7 and 9:00 p.m.
7/6/17 (Thu) - 3 and 10:00 p.m..
7/7/17 (Fri) - 2 and 9:00 p.m.
7/8/17 (Sat) - 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
7/9/17 (Sun) - 8 a.m.

Note: May be updated prior to event. Check back later. Additional entrants will be placed at the end of the lineup.

Review Lineup

2017 Parade Judging Results

President's Trophy
The President's Trophy is awarded by the Champaign County Freedom Celebration Board President. This award is selected from all entries entered into the judging.
#47- C-U Elks Lodge 2497
Theme Trophy
The Theme Trophy is awarded to the entry that best represents this year's theme and communicates the message of freedom.
First: #75 - Wings of Wonder
Second: #76 - Champaign County Astronomical Society
Antique Class
The Antique Class trophy is awarded by the judges to an antique vehicle unit in the parade .
#61 - Champaign Firefighters Pension Fund/td>
Judge's Choice
Judge's Choice first and second place trophies are awarded to units selected from all other entries. This category includes any entry that is not a float, antique vehicle, or equestrian entry.
First: #06 - Gold Star Mothers
Second: #77 - Miss Amazing--Summer Nagele

For More Information...

Contact us at parade@july4th.net or call 217.531.3777. Note: Line-up may be updated prior to event. Please check back just prior to event.