The Parade

Grand Marshal: Tom Ramage
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

0 Exchange Club
0 Collections
1 Police Escort
2 Post 24 Color Guard
3 Gold Star Families
4 St. Joseph – Ogden Marching Band
5 Owens Funeral Home
6 Frasca International-Grand Marshal
7 Mayor of Champaign
8 CCFC President
9 CCFC Past Presidents
10 Marine Corps League
11 Urbana Fire
12 Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 630
13 B Co 634
14 Hicks Gas
15 Chief Bauer
16 Security Finance
17 U of I Wildlife Medical
18 Knights of Columbus
19 Kiwanis Tom Jones Challenger League
20 Champaign Urbana Noon Kiwanis Club
21 Presence Ambulance
22 Cornerstone Baptist Church
23 Busey Balloon Abby Cadabby-Platinum Sponsor
24 High Low Shrine Club
25 Centennial Marching Band
26 Daily Bread
27 Urbana Summer Softball
28 L.I.F.E
29 Chris' Water Garden
30 Champaign Fire
31 CCFC Silver Sponsor Military Float
32 C-U MTD
33 Wings of Wonder
34 Jefferson Middle School Archery Club
35 Reynolds Towing
36 Wishes on Wheels
37 Champaign County ACLU
38 Dreamscape Cinema
39 House Arrest
40 Carroll Fire
41 HMD Academy
42 National Kidney Foundation
43 Stephens Family YMCA
44 Farney For Auditor
45 Friends of Katie Blakeman
46 Savoy Fire
47 Blue Ridge Marching Knights
48 Cassel Home Comfort
49 News Gazette Ballon Big Bird-Platinum Sponsor
50 News Gazette
51 News Talk 1400
52 Corvette Club of IL
53 Daughters of the American Revolution
54 CCFC Gold Sponsor Star Float
55 Eastern Prairie Fire
56 Georgetown Ridge Farm Band
57 Champaign County Clerk
58 Classy Combination
59 Champaign County Fair
60 Ansar Shrine AG Corps
61 Champaign County Democrats
62 Champaign Park District
63 Matthew's Lawn Care
64 Matthew's Lawn Care
65 CCFC Illinois Lottery Platinum Sponsor Eagle Float
66 Urbana Sister Cities
67 Champaign County Historical Museum
68 Rantoul Marching Band
69 Edge-Scott Fire
70 Rainbow International
71 Carle Ambulance
72 Fisher Fair Queen
73 Champaign County Bikes
74 W.O.T. Demolition Derby
75 Rodney for Congress
76 Urbana Park District Theatre
77 George Vargas for State Attorney
78 Cub Scout Pack 12
79 Prairie Green Party & Aware
80 Progressive Coalition
81 Betty Gauze
82 Illini Radio Group – Wixy 100.3
83 Illini Radio Group – Mix 94.5
84 Illini Radio Group – Wixy Classic 99.1
85 Illini Radio Group – Rewind 92.5
86 Peoria Charter
87 Heartland Pathways
88 Police Escort.

Parade Information

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

2015 Parade Map - 2016 coming soon!

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 (Mon) - 7:00 pm
7/9/15 (Thu) - 9:00 am
7/10/16 (Fri) - 9:00 am
7/12/16 (Sun) - 9:00 am

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.
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.