The Parade

Grand Marshal: David Leake
Theme:Flight in Space

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.

Be sure to review our parade rules.

2019 Parade Line-Up

  • 1 - Exchange Club of Champaign
  • 2 - Collections
  • 3 - Champaign American Legion Post 24 Color Guard
  • 4 - Vehicle of the Color Guard
  • 5 - Grand Marshall - David Leake
  • 6 - Gold Star Families
  • 7 - Urbana Band
  • 8 - Platinum - News-Gazette Media
  • 9 - Champaign County Freedom Celebration President
  • 10 - City of Champaign Mayor - Deb Frank Feinen
  • 11 - City of Champaign City Council
  • 12 - Village of Savoy President - Joan Dykstra
  • 13 - Village of Savoy Trustees
  • 14 - Savoy Fire Department
  • 15 - City of Urbana Mayor - Diane Marlin
  • 16 - World Finance Corporation
  • 17 - Col. Charles E. McGee
  • 18 - Silver Sponsors- Neil Armstrong Astronaut Float
  • 19 - Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society
  • 20 - Blu Modify Dance Studio
  • 21 - RPC Early Childhood Education Program (a Head Start Program)
  • 21- A - Life is for Everyone
  • 22 - Wings of Wonder Avian Rescue
  • 23 - Dragon Claw Academy of Kung Fu
  • 24 - Urbana Park District's Youth Summer Theatre
  • 25 - Champaign Park District
  • 26 - Rector Construction
  • 27 - Urbana Masonic Lodge #157
  • 28 - Urbana Girls Summer Softball
  • 29 - Champaign County Bikes
  • 30 - Knights of Columbus
  • 31 - Chinese-American Association of Central Illinois
  • 32 - Champaign County ACLU
  • 33 - Champaign County Fair Queen & Little Miss
  • 34 - RE/MAX Choice - SellingHomes24-7 Team
  • 35 - Reynold's Towing
  • 36 - National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
  • 37 - HMD Academy of Taekwondo
  • 38 - Champaign Fire Department
  • 39 - Girl Scouts of Central Illinois SA4
  • 40 - Patriotic Chevelle
  • 41 - Champaign Public Library
  • 42 - Darlene Kloeppel, Champaign County Executive
  • 43 - Champaign Urbana Autism Network
  • 44 - 1966 John Deere 110 Custom Dually
  • 45 - Sami Anderson for Circuit Judge
  • 46 - Platinum - Busey
  • 47 - Guys Who Clean LLC
  • 48 - Illini Shrine Club
  • 49 - Hi-Lo Wheelers Shriners
  • 50 - ANSAR AG Corps
  • 51 -Champaign-Urbana Moms Demand Action
  • 52 - Ramona Sullivan for Circuit Judge
  • 53 - Urbana Fire Department
  • 54 - Blue Ridge Band
  • 55 - Fisher Fair Queen Pageant - 2018 Queens
  • 56 - The Salvation Army
  • 57 - News-Gazette Media - WDWS-WHMS-WKIO
  • 58 - CU FAIR
  • 59 - Heartland Pathways
  • 60 - Cassel Home Comfort
  • 61 - Wishes on Wheels
  • 62 - CU MTD
  • 63 - Scouts BSA Troop 104, Pack 114, and Girl Scout Troop 2229, Urbana, IL
  • 64 - First Student
  • 65 - Friends of Judge Jason Bohm
  • 66 - Corvette Club/Daughters of the American Revolution
  • 67 - Gold Sponsors
  • 68 - The Villas of Holly Brook
  • 68-A - Champaign County History Museum
  • 69 - Urbana Sister Cities Program
  • 70 - Champaign-Urbana Kiwanis Tom Jones Challenger League
  • 71 - Illinois Miss Amazing
  • 72 - Champaign County Circuit Clerk Katie Blakeman
  • 73 - Tatman's Towing
  • 74 - Champaign County Republican Party
  • 75 - Active Senior Republicans
  • 76 - St. Joe Band
  • 77 - Living Alteratives Pregnancy Resource Center
  • 78 - Tutor Doctor Champaign
  • 79 - WEFT Radio
  • 80 - Edge-Scott Fire Department
  • 81 - Individual/Just for Fun! 1946 Allis Chalmers tractor
  • 82 - Scott Bennett for Senate
  • 83 - Mark Shelden for County Recorder
  • 84 - American Legion Riders
  • 85 - Richard L. Pittman Detachment 1231
  • 86 - CU Democrats
  • 87 - University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic
  • 88 - Classy Combinations Dance Ensemble
  • 89 - Slowride Petal Tours, Inc
  • 90 - Rattle the Stars
  • 91 - Cold Stone Creamery
  • 91-A - Stevie Jay Broadcasting
  • 92 - Eastern Prairie Fire Protection District
  • 93 - Champaign Police Dept. Explorer Post 258
  • 94 - AWARE
  • 95 - Skip Thompson
  • 96 - Carroll Fire Department
  • 97 - Jeff Geisler - Associate Judge Macon County
  • 98 VFW Post 5520 Champaign
  • 99 Prairie Material

Parade Information

Parade staging information: please refer to parade staging 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.

Sat 7/6 - 6:30pm

Sat 7/8 - 10:00pm

Sat 7/10 - 7:00pm

Sat 7/11 - 9:00pm

Sat 7/12 - 3:00pm

Additional entrants will be placed at the end of the lineup.

Review Lineup

2019 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.
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Theme Trophy
The Theme Trophy is awarded to the entry that best represents this year's theme and communicates the message of freedom.
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Second: #TBA
Antique Class
The Antique Class trophy is awarded by the judges to an antique vehicle unit in the parade .
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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.
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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.