The 4th of July parade has been a Wakefield signature event since the 1920s. It is considered a “right of passage” by many longtime Wakefield residents. The parade has been run by a variety of organizations including an early version of what became Chamber of Commerce and later by the West Side Social Club. In 1991 The Wakefield Independence Day Committee (WIDC) was created by a group of volunteers dedicated to continuing this annual town event. The WIDC ran the parade from 1991 until 2012. In 2012, the members of the WIDC retired and no one was left to run the parade. For two years, the loss of the parade was sorely felt by the town. This loss inspired another group of individuals to reorganize the Wakefield Independence Day Committee and re-launch the 4th of July parade on July 4, 2015.
In 2017, Wakefield will hold its 72nd 4th of July parade since 1922!
The WIDC is registered as a 501(c)(3) organization, and contributions made in support of the parade are tax deductible. Thank you for your support!
The WIDC is always looking for volunteers. Whether it is year round, on parade day, or somewhere in between. Please click HERE for more information on becoming a volunteer.