Independence Day Parade

The annual Independence Day Parade is a key component in the full day of family-friendly fun celebrating our nation’s birth. Taking place on July 4 and starting in front of the State College Municipal Building, the parade route travels through downtown State College, across the PSU campus, and ends at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Independence Day Parade celebrates our community and its people, including emergency services, community groups, the arts, and more. It’s also used as a platform to thank and recognize the heroes of Central Pennsylvania. The heroes selected to participate in the parade each receive a commemorative plaque and are transported along the parade route with their name and town highlighted on banners. Nominees not selected to be in the parade receive honorable mentions and a certificate thanking them for their service to their community and country.

Thanks to our 2019 Parade Sponsor:


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Freedom Bell Ringing

The start of the Independence Day Parade coincides with the ringing of bells. Across the nation, community churches are being encouraged to ring their bells on July 4th to help remind people that this is a day to commemorate and remember the blessings we enjoy here in America. Although the origin of this tradition is difficult to establish, it may go back to the ringing of church bells in Boston to alert people to the British advance, or to the inscription on the Liberty Bell. The inscription is from Leviticus 25:10 and reads, “Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” Along this line, on July 4th, we are asking the State College area churches to ring their bells at 2:00 PM. We hope you join us in letting freedom ring this holiday!