The Parade

Grand Marshal: Retired SGT. Garrett Anderson U.S. Army/ IL National Guard
Theme:SALUTE TO VETERANS

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.

2018 Parade Line-Up

  • 1. Exchange Club
  • 2. Collections
  • 3. American Legion Post 24 Color Guard
  • 4. Vehicle with the Color Guard
  • 5. Grand Marshal Car - Garrett Anderson
  • 6. Gold Star Families Supporting Our Troops
  • 7. St. Joseph Marching Band
  • 8. Gold Sponsors Float - Thank You Veterans
  • 9. CCFC President - Margaret Givens
  • 10. City of Urbana Mayor - Diane Marlin
  • 11. City of Champaign Mayor - Deb Frank Feinen
  • 12. City of Champaign Council
  • 13. Village of Savoy President - Joan Dykstra
  • 14. Village of Savoy Trustees - Dee Shonkwiler, A. J. Ruggieri, and Heather Mangian
  • 15. Savoy Fire Department
  • 16. Don Moyer Boys and Girl Club
  • 17. CCFC Platinum Sponsor Busey Bank Proud Eagle Balloon
  • 18. Freedom Roofing and Construction Inc.
  • 19. Traci Nally for County Board
  • 20. Gordy Hulten for County Executive
  • 21. Champaign County Republican Party
  • 22. Champaign County Active Senior Republicans
  • 23. Miss Illinois - Grace Katchatourian
  • 24. Champaign Fire Department
  • 25. Society for Hooved Animal Rescue and Emergency
  • 26. Life is For Everyone
  • 27. Dragon Claw Academy of Kung Fu
  • 28. Champaign Mass Transit District
  • 29. National Kidney Foundation
  • 30. HMD Academy of Taekwondo
  • 31. Georgetown Ridge Farm Marching Band
  • 32. Mattex Heating, Cooling and Plumbing
  • 33. Boy Scout Troop 104/Pack 114 and Girl Scout Troop 2229
  • 34. Friends of Randy Rosenbaum
  • 35. Stevens Family YMCA
  • 36. Illini Shrine Club
  • 37. AG Corps/High Rollers
  • 38. Champaign Park District
  • 39. Edge Scott Fire Department
  • 40. Robert L. Pittman Float
  • 41. Pro-Life of Central and Southern Illinois
  • 42. Champaign Urbana Astronomical Society
  • 43. Alliance Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution
  • 44. Corvette Club of Illinois
  • 45. Feldkamp's Towing Service, Inc.
  • 46. CU Kiwanis Tom Jones Challenger League
  • 47. Knights of Columbus #891
  • 48. News-Gazette WDWS-WHMS-WKIO
  • 49. REMAX Choice - The Selling Homes 24-7 Team
  • 50. Mattis Avenue Free Methodist Church
  • 51. Chinese American Association of Central Illinois
  • 52. Chris' Water Gardens
  • 53. DREAAM House
  • 54. CCFC Platinum Sponsor News-Gazette-Kermit the Frog Balloon
  • 55. Blue Ridge Marching Knights
  • 56. Champaign County Clerk's Office
  • 57. Champaign Urbana Moms Demand Action
  • 58. Champaign Urbana Theatre Company
  • 59. Wildlife Medical Clinic
  • 60. Urbana Girls' Summer Softball
  • 61. Champaign Public Library
  • 62. CCFC Silver Sponsor - Salute to Veterans Float
  • 63. Talecris Plasma Resources
  • 64. Champaign County Fair Queen and Little Miss
  • 65. Antique Vehicle with Kimberly Bassett
  • 66. Matt Grandone for County Clerk
  • 67. Urbana Marching Tigers Band
  • 68. City of Urbana
  • 69. Champaign Police Explorer Post 258
  • 70. John Farney for County Treasurer
  • 71. Champaign County Head Start
  • 72. Miss Amazing
  • 73. The Matt Difanis Team @REMAX Realty Association
  • 74. Urbana Fire Department
  • 75. CCFC Wind Beneath My Wings Eagle
  • 76. Illini Radio Group
  • 77. Wings of Wonder Avian Rescue
  • 78. Urbana Park District
  • 79. Heartland Pathways
  • 80. ACLU of Champaign County
  • 81. Culver's
  • 82. Eastern Prairie Fire Department
  • 83. Champaign County Bikes
  • 84. Skip Thompson and Candy Foster and the Shares of Blue
  • 85. Diane Michaels, Auditor
  • 86. 1970 Vehicle
  • 87. National Council of Negro Women
  • 88. Urbana Sister Cities Program
  • 89. Wishes on Wheels
  • 90. C-U Autism Network
  • 91. Rich Montgomery for County Board 6
  • 92. OSF PRO Ambulance
  • 93. Adventists in Action
  • 94. Allen Jones for Sheriff
  • 95. CCFC Stars and Stripes Eagle Float
  • 96. Rattle the Stars
  • 97. Urbana Little League
  • 98. First Student Bus
  • 99. Citizens to Elect Roger Webber
  • 100. Champaign County History Museum
  • 101. Champaign County Freemasons
  • 102. Illini Pub Cycle LLC
  • 103. Slot and Wing Hobbies
  • 104. Mark Shelden for County Recorder
  • 105. Reynold's Towing Service, Inc.
  • 106. WBCP Radio 1580 AM
  • 107. Urbana Masonic Lodge #157
  • 108. Slowride Pedal Tours Inc.
  • 109. Champaign County Democratic Central Committee
  • 110. Beckett for Circuit Judge
  • 111. Girl Scouts of Central Illinois SA4
  • 112. Tatman's Towing
  • 113. Shaffer Sanitary
  • 114. Shaffer Sanitary
  • 115. Subway
  • 116. Cassel Home Comfort
  • 117. Fagan Scooters
  • 118. Cork Family and Friends
  • 119. The Royal Academy
  • 120. Get Out and Go RV!
  • 121. Carroll Fire Department
  • 122. Mack's Auto Recycling
  • 123. Rantoul Township High School Marching Band

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.

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

2018 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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Second: #TBA

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.