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! Register online now

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

  • Coming Soon!

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.