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The Parade

Grand Marshal: Tom Ramage President of Parkland College
Theme:Celebrate America!

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! Register online now

Be sure to review our parade rules.

Or you can Print the paper form

Be sure to review our parade rules.

2016 Parade Line-Up

  • 1. Exchange
  • 2. Collections
  • 3. Parkland Squad Car
  • 4. American Legion Post 24 Color Guard
  • 5. Vehicle with the Color Guard
  • 6. Grand Marshal Car--Dr. Tom Ramage
  • 7. Parkland College Walkers
  • 8. Parkland College Float
  • 9. Gold Star Families Supporting Our Troops
  • 10. Centennial Marching Chargers Band
  • 11. Platinum sponsor Balloon--NewsGazette Lady Liberty
  • 12. CCFC President
  • 13. City of Urbana Mayor
  • 14. City of Champaign Mayor
  • 15. Savoy Trustees
  • 16. B Company 634 BSB
  • 17. Champaign FireCaptain Roger Cruse
  • 18. VFW Post 630
  • 19. CCFC Celebrate America Float
  • 20. Mattex Heating And Cooling
  • 21. Blue Ridge Marching Knights
  • 22. Chinese American Association of Central Illinois
  • 23. Owens Funeral Home
  • 24. Urbana Girls’ Summer Softball
  • 25. Illini Shrine
  • 26. AG Corps
  • 27. Urbana Fire Department
  • 28. HMD Academy
  • 29. National Kidney Foundation
  • 30. CU MTD
  • 31. CU Kiwanis Tom Jones Challenger League
  • 32. CUBSCU Baseball Stalwarts
  • 33. Presence PRO Ambulance
  • 34. Reynolds Towing Service, Inc.
  • 35. Knights of Columbus #891
  • 36. Stephens YMCA
  • 37. Lon Pitcher Fire Truck
  • 38. Champaign GOP
  • 39. Active Senior Republicans
  • 40. CCFC Happy Birthday America Float
  • 41. Georgetown Marching Band
  • 42. L.I.F.E. Life Is For Everyone
  • 43. Citizens for Marlin
  • 44. Rumours Hat Shoppe
  • 45. Heartland Pathways
  • 46. Dragon Claw Academy of Kung Fu
  • 47. Dragon Claw Academy of Kung Fu
  • 48. Champaign Park District
  • 49. Kung Fu Panda Balloon
  • 50. George Vargas for State’s Attorney
  • 51. Corvette
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  • 52. Bone Saw Mill/Freak Show
  • 53. Cassel Home Comfort
  • 54. Urbana Marching Tigers Band
  • 55. Champaign County ACLU
  • 56. Security Finance
  • 57. Wings of Wonder Avian Rescue
  • 58. Edge Scott Fire
  • 59. Champaign County Clerk’s Office
  • 60. Healing Horse Stables
  • 61. CCFC Happy America Float
  • 62. Hail
  • 63. Hail
  • 64. PMG Research of Christie Clinic
  • 65. Operation M.O.R.E.
  • 66. WDWS/WHMS/WKIO
  • 67. News-Gazette
  • 68. Champaign County NAACP
  • 69. Urbana Masonic Lodge
  • 70. Christie Clinic
  • 71. WEFT 90.1
  • 72. Farney For Auditor
  • 73. St. Joe Marching Band
  • 74. Cub Scout Pack 114, Boy Scout Troop 104, Girl Scout Troop 2222
  • 75. Wishes on Wheels
  • 76. Slowride, Inc.
  • 77. Classy Combinations Bellydance Troupe
  • 78. Carroll Fire Department
  • 79. Urbana Sister Cities Committee
  • 80. CCFC Eagle Float
  • 81. Sylvan Learning Center
  • 82. Menold Construction and Restoration
  • 83. Champaign County Democratic Central Committee
  • 84. Savoy Fire department
  • 85. Patriotic Train Float
  • 86. Illini Radio Group
  • 87. Illini Radio Group
  • 88. Chris’ Water Gardens
  • 89. Rantoul Marching Eagles Band
  • 90. CU Elks Lodge 2497
  • 91. AMBUCS
  • 92. Eastern Prairie Fire Department
  • 93. Champaign County Fair Association
  • 94. Skip Thompson--Candy Foster and the Shades of Blue
  • 95. AWARE
  • 96. Champaign County Bikes
  • 97. Daily Bread Soup Kitchen
  • 98. Fagan Scooters
  • 99. Rattle The Stars
  • 100. Cub Scout Pack 12
  • 101. Champaign Theatre Company
  • 102. Miss East Central
  • 103. Marine Corps League Richard Pittman Det. 1231
  • 104. Central Illinois Pink Heals
  • 105. Mark Shelden for Recorder of Deeds
  • 106. Betty Gauze Realtor
  • 107. Feldkamp Towing
  • 108. Feldkamp Towing
  • 109. Parkland Mustang
  • 110. Parkland Sport trailer
  • 111. Police Escort

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.

7/6/16 (Wed) - 1, 4, 7 and 9:00 p.m.
7/7/16 (Thu) - 2, 4, and 9:00 p.m.
7/9/16 (Sat) - 7 a.m., Noon and 6:30 p.m.
7/10/16 (Sun) - 8 a.m. and Noon

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

Review Lineup

2016 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.
#XX- XX
Theme Trophy
The Theme Trophy is awarded to the entry that best represents this year's theme and communicates the message of freedom.
First: #XX - XX
Second: #XX - XX
Antique Class
The Antique Class trophy is awarded by the judges to an antique vehicle unit in the parade .
#XX - XX
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: #XX - XX
Second: #XX - XX

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.