America's Best July 4th Parades

By Lauren Viera - 2013-07-04T09:11:58Z

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye

The best part about Independence Day parades? Small-town celebrations often rival big-city productions. A few of our favorites from both camps follow…

Washington, D.C.

As you might expect from a 4th of July parade through the nation’s capital, it’s all here—marching bands, military units, floats, political celebrities, and loads of colonial re-enactors hamming it up. The National Independence Day Parade route begins at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, and heads west past the Smithsonian (which has hosted the Folklife Festival on parade day) to conclude at 17th Street.

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