American Independence Parade

2022 American Independence Parade

The Waukegan Park District’s American Independence Parade will return as an in-person experience on Sunday, July 3, 2022, starting at 1pm from Franklin Street and Sheridan Road, traveling north to Jack Benny Drive and Sheridan Road.

In honor of local first responders and frontline healthcare workers who have continued to serve the community during the pandemic, this year’s parade theme is “Hometown Heroes”.  The Grand Marshal will be Vista Health System, a local healthcare provider with a network that includes Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan.

Exchange Club of Waukegan
Homer Dahringer American Legion Post 28
Waukegan High School JROTC
Waukegan High School Bulldog Marching Band
Grand Marshal: Vista Health System
Waukegan Ambulance
Field House Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Center
Cubs Dixieland Band
Waukegan Parks Foundation
Mayor Ann B. Taylor
City Clerk Janet E. Kilkelly
Treasurer Dr. John R. Schwab
Alderman Dr. Sylvia Sims Bolton, 1st Ward
Alderman Patrick D. Seger, 2nd Ward
Alderman Gregory D. Moisio, 3rd Ward
Alderman Dr. Roudell Kirkwood, 4th Ward
Alderman Edith L. Newsome, 5th Ward,
Alderman Keith E. Turner, 6th Ward
Alderman Felix L. Rivera, 7th Ward
Alderman Dr. Lynn M. Florian, 8th Ward
Alderman Thomas J. Hayes, 9th Ward
Waukegan Public Works
South Shore Drill Team
Brad Schneider for Congress
Anthony Vega for Lake County Clerk
People for Reginald Mathews
Waukegan/Lake County Democrats
Elect John Joanne for Judge of the Lake County Circuit Court
Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office
Acrodazzle Entertainment: Stilt Walker
Waukegan CERT
Waukegan High School Cheerleading
City of Waukegan Pageant & Lake County Community Pageant
Special Recreation Services of Northern Lake County – Waukegan
Arts Park
Lake County Republicans
Waukegan Republican Organization
Fairytale Entertainment
AAUW Preschool
Waukegan Township
Beach Park Queens
Waukegan Police Department
Waukegan Public Library
Boys & Girls Club of Lake County
Waukegan Little Fort Lions Club
Illinois Central School Bus
Waukegan Knights of Columbus 1731
Chicago Dixie Marchers
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Lambda Nu Omega Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
American Place Casino
100 Men’s March – Group 1
100 Men’s March – Group 2
Angel’s Boxing Academy
Lions Math and Science Christian Academy
Jesse White Tumbling Team
North Chicago Queens
Family Chiropractic & Sports Rehab
Waukegan High School Girls Track & Field
Rotary Club of Waukegan
Waukegan Athletics
Youth Build Lake County
Waukegan Youth Football Association
Acrodazzle Entertainment: Juggler & Unicyclist
Community Outreach Waukegan
Elite Striders Drill Team and Drum Corp
Ultimate Cages
Waukegan Little Fort Lions Club
Country Financial
First Student Transportation
WWM Fitness
Zion Community Pageant
Ann Kiley Center
Balderdash Estate Sales
Marcus Theatres
DD Homes Network = Frances House Inc.
Opulent Trucking
Acrodazzle Entertainment: German Wheel
Waukegan Friends
North Shore Line Dancers
Equal Hope
Paul and Sons Road Side Rescue
Scoop Waukegan and Viejitos Car Club
Bring Out Talent Dance Corp
Team Pimentel at KWNSW
Waukegan Youth Baseball
Youth Conservation Corp
Faith in Place
Club Apaseo el Alto
Acrodazzle Entertainment: Stilt Bike
Dandelion Art Coalition
Together for Nature
First Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church
Heart of the City
Labor Solutions
Michigan City Soul Steppers Drill Team
Shawall Temple #165
Clean Power Lake County
Mano a Mano Family Resource Center
PW FC Soccer Club
Oak Street Health
Charros de Carrasco


Participation Options

Registration for the 2022 American Independence Parade is closed. For more information, contact Maria Owens at or (847) 360-4764.

Sponsorship Options

There are several sponsorship options. All paid requests for specific sponsorship options will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Sponsor recognition information and a mail-in donation slip are available here. For more about sponsorship options, contact Jen Dumas at or (847) 360-4705.

Presenting Partner