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July 4th Celebration of Freedom and Independence Day Parade

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Celebration of Freedom and Independence Day Parade in Historic Philadelphia

The parade features dozens of floats, marching bands, antique cars and more than 5,000 marchers who begin at Independence Hall and wind through Philadelphia’s most historic streets. Credit: G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia


Monday, July 4, 2016
11a.m. – noon

Parade Route:
Parade starts at 5th and Chestnut Streets; turns right onto 9th Street towards Market Street; travels east on Market to Front Street; comes to an end at Front and Chestnut Streets.


Independence Day in Philadelphia kicks off with a series of inspirational events in Historic Philadelphia including Celebration of Freedom and the Independence Day Parade featuring thousands of participants from around the country.

The Philadelphia Independence Day Parade will feature more than ten floats with a wide range of entertainment, including include Miss America 2016 (Betty Cantrell) as well as a long list of historical, cultural, and musical elements. The parade is just one of a number of festivities in Historic Philadelphia on July 4th.

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Monday, July 4, 2016 in Philadelphia: Events and Fireworks

July 4th Festivities in Historic Philadelphia

Celebration of Freedom Ceremony

Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut Street
Pay tribute to the history of our great nation at Independence Hall with a patriotic and inspiring morning of music, featuring Philadelphia’s own Tony Award-winning Hamilton actor Leslie Odom Jr., and a reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Independence Day Parade

Time: 11 a.m.-noon.
Location: Parade starts at 6th and Chestnut Streets
Thounsands of participants will take to the streets of Historic Philadelphia for a patriotic and colorful parade featuring marching bands, floats, military members, and a special appearance from Miss America 2016. Marching through the nation’s most historic square mile, the parade will march down Chestnut Street to 9th Street, go right on 9th to Market Street,continue east on Market to Front Street before ending at Front and Chesnut Streets.

Guide to July 4th in Philadelphia

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Parade begins at 5th and Chestnut Streets
Ends at Front and Chestnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA

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