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Historic Midtown

Springfield's largest nationally registered historic district. Bringing good neighbors together through events while inviting all of Springfield Missouri to Midtown.

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Springfield’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July Parade and Celebration

Springfield's only July 4th Parade! 
Within the Midtown Historic District: Springfield’s largest nationally registered historic district.

Date: Saturday, July 4, 2015

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Rain or Shine

 Springfield's 25th Annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July Parade and Celebration is quickly approaching.

This year’s theme will be “Your Grandparents' Fourth of July”.

The parade begins at 10:00am, on Benton Ave in the Drury parking lot just north of Central High, turns right on Calhoun (by Drury Historic Presidents Home), left on Washington Ave. and right on East Locust to Washington Park.

Parade entries include: The Shrine Brass Band, Central High School Kilties, Greater Ozarks Bluegrass Society band, antique cars, Victorian Ladies Marching Drill Team, floats, kids and more! 

Events at Historic Washington Park continue after the parade from 11 am until 1pm with live music from the Greater Ozarks Bluegrass Society band and The Norman Jackson Band, games, awards, free ice cream, compliments Hiland Dairy and cold drinks compliments Pepsi-Cola.  Trophies will be awarded for the following categories: Best Overall; Best Theme Interpretation; Best Children’s Float; Best Children’s marching Unit; Best Adult Float; and Best Adult Marching Unit.

This year our “Grand Marshall’s” are Springfield police officer Aaron Pearson and Central High choral director, Alberta Smith.  Officer Pearson was seriously injured in January and despite grave predictions from doctors is making a miraculous recovery.  A huge outpouring of public support has helped raise money for Pearson’s recovery.  He will be joined by his wife Amanda.  Alberta Smith, “Smitty” is a long time Midtown resident and MSU Alumni. In her 20 years as choral director at Central High School, Smitty has taken her CHS kids to great heights, including many national and state awards.  She was Springfield Teacher of The Year in 2012-2013.

Parade slots are still available at $10 per entry and $50 for political entries.
Children are invited to march or ride their bicycles in the parade at no charge!

Norman Jackson grew up on the south side of in Chicago, singing in the church where his father was minister, hearing blues, R&B and rock, meeting Sam Cooke and B.B. King, and immersing himself in the city’s rich blues scene. Jackson said he was ordained as a minister at age 22 and began singing and traveling widely in gospel groups. He moved to Springfield around 1990 and joined Don Shipps’ Titanic Blues Band.

Sponsored by The Midtown Neighborhood Association. 
Washington Park is in the 1600 block of north Summit and along with Lafayette Park, is one of Springfield’s oldest two parks; both established in 1869.
For more info or a parade application please contact us at:

For more info or an application please contact us at: midtown.sgf@gmail.com




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