June 2 Update. As of today, parade organizers are actively working with the City of Fredericksburg to hold a parade on the Fourth of July as we have done for decades. For 2020, we plan to adapt to the current reality and hold a “reverse parade” at Lady Bird Johnson Park. A reverse parade will be one where the “floats” will be stationary and the spectators will drive through.
Though a bit unorthodox, this concept should allow us to remain within COVID-19 guidelines as well as provide a celebration of our nation’s independence. Regrettably, as we have had to alter our original format, there will not be a patriotic program this year. Organizers will need final Fredericksburg City Council approval at their June 15 meeting for us to move forward with this plan. Please check back on June 16 for an update.
Originally started in 1991 by a group of community minded friends, this small-town patriotic parade has grown over the years to be one that is loved by many. The parade begins promptly at 10 A.M. on Thursday, July 4th, and heads east on Main Street to the Nimitz Museum. It then makes a U-turn and goes west on Main all the way to Bowie Street. Bring your lawn chairs for a great seat or use the tailgate of your pick-up to enjoy.
Come out and join us for this great Fourth of July tradition. Every entry is decorated with red, white and blue. Then stay and enjoy a free patriotic program on the Marktplatz (Market Square) at about 11:30 following the parade.