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The 68th Annual Appleton Flag Day Parade will be held on June 9, 2018, and will be a tribute to the U.S. Army.• Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018
• Time: 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
This year’s parade will feature a theme “Stars & Stripes Forever” to celebrate our community, family traditions and respect for Old Glory. The Parade will feature military units and military marching bands from throughout the nation — and will include about 100 total units. Participants include veterans' organizations, scout troops, patriotic floats, decorated vehicles, walking units, along with multiple marching bands.
This year's Flag Day Parade will
use the traditional staging area
and route. For details and a map,
see the Route page.
Parade Grand Marshal
Each year the City of Appleton Flag Day Parade’s Grand Marshal is the American Flag. "Old Glory" rides in the Parade's lead vehicle to kickoff the oldest Flag Day Parade in the nation.
In 1949 the Appleton Elks Club made the decision to honor the U.S. Flag with a community parade. The Elks, many of whom were WWII veterans, wanted each citizen to be proud to live in the United States of America and to appreciate their freedom. That same year, an Act of Congress signed by President Truman officially recognized June 14th as National Flag Day. The first Flag Day Parade in Appleton was held in 1950.
Escorting the U.S. Flag
This year's Escort to the U.S. Flag in the Parade Grand Marshal Jeep will be posted here with a photo and biography when the selection has been made.
Honorary Parade Marshal
This year's Honorary Parade Marshal will be posted here with a photo and biography when the selection has been made.
Featured groups will be highlighted here when the selections have been made.
Confirmations by military groups may be delayed or changed by the possibility of their units being assigned to developing situations.
Before The Parade Begins...
The Parade will be preceded by a patriotic concert at Houdini Plaza at 121 W. College Ave. in Downtown Appleton. Concert starts at Noon on Saturday. A photo and description of the performers will appear here when the selections are finalized.
Free U.S. flags
U.S. flags will be handed out along the Parade route about one hour before the Parade begins. This project is a cooperative effort of the following organizations.
Afterwards attend the Post Parade Party
The Parade will be followed by the annual Post Flag Day Parade Party starts at 5 p.m.. Concert starts at Noon on Saturday. It is held at American Legion Post No. 38, 3220 W. College Avenue, Appleton. Food and refreshments will be offered. Free and open to the public. Photos and descriptions of the performers will be posted here when the selections are finalized.
Photos of the Appleton Flag Day Parade are courtesy of Bill Siebers and Jeff Lindsay