The Wakefield Independence Day Parade is the largest 4th of July parade in Massachusetts and one of the finest in New England. More than 100,000 spectators gather along the parade route which travels through this historic community just 10 miles north of Boston.
Participants include many of the top DCI drum and bugle corps along with high school marching bands, floats and antique vehicles. Many costumed characters also walk the parade route for the children to ooh and aah over.
The parade starts on North Avenue (near I-95N at Exit #39) and travels to Main Street in the center of Wakefield. The route is roughly 1.9 miles long. A fireworks display is featured near the parade route over Lake Quannapowitt several hours after the parade has ended.
The Wakefield Independence Day Parade makes a terrific centerpiece for bands wishing to tour the East Coast during early July. On the days before and after the Wakefield parade, groups can march in parades in several nearby communities or attend a drum and bugle corps show. A tour can also incorporate the many historic sites of the Boston area. Few regions offer so much history and educational opportunities in one area.
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