Summer Parades in the Champaign-Urbana Area

Parades at festivals, parades on the Fourth of July, parades with candy, parades with bands — there is so much to love about Champaign-Urbana area parades during the summer

True confessions: WE LOVE PARADES.

We love parades so much, we decided to write an article about our favorite parades in Champaign-Urbana. We do this with the caveat that EVERY PARADE IS A GREAT PARADE.

summer parades around Champaign-Urbana

Thanks to the U of I Meat Sales Room for presenting this list. 

High parade season in Champaign-Urbana and surrounding communities typically takes place between June through September, and then a dip up until the Christmas parades start up again in November.

This article will focus on summer parades, in other words, parades between Memorial Day and Labor Day. We will do another article about fall parades and winter-holiday parades later this year.

Here’s a list of three of our favorites, listed in chronological order. Below that is a listing of all summer parades on our calendar (and we keep adding more, so check in again.)

Some of these details are still pending a number of variables related to COVID-19 so it’s worth checking back  to make sure everything is “on” with your big parade plans.

Tolono Fun Days Parade
DATE: June 26, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Tolono (about 15 minutes south of Champaign, if you’re not familiar. Take Route 45 South.)
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Tolono Fun Days parade is the first of the Fourth of July parades. We love it because it always involves a lot of kids on floats, tons of fire trucks, and loads of candy. It’s authentic to its community, and that’s always the hallmark of a great parade.

Seymour 4th of July Parade 
DATE: July 4, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Seymour (about 10 minutes south of Mahomet. Take I-72 west toward Monticello and get off at the Mahomet exit and head south, not north toward Mahomet.)
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: If you’re looking for a nostalgic small-town parade near Champaign-Urbana the morning of July 4, this one is a winning option. Tons of tractors and fire engines in this parade, along with local marching bands and more.

Labor Day Parade (aka The Candy Parade) not yet confirmed for 2021
TIME OF YEAR: Labor Day. No really, this is actually ON Labor Day. Typically in the morning.
WHERE: Urbana
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: This is called the Candy Parade for a reason: because your child will get tons of candy. Typically this parade gets really hot weather, so much so that people enjoy the floats with the kid supersoakers.

All Area Parades Coming Up This Summer

Friday, June 25, 2021

Tolono Fun Days

West Side Park, Time: All Day
Friday night includes a golf cart parade and outdoor, fun family movie night!

Golf Cart Parade

Downtown Tolono, Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tolono Fun Days are kicking off with a Lighted Golf Cart Parade starting at 8:00 PM with lineup starting at 7:30 over at the Village Hall. Golf Cart registration forms should be available in the Village of Tolono Office by next week! Follow along with all Tolono Fun Days updates…read more…

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Gifford Community Celebration including FIREWORKS

Werner Roessler Park, Time: 7:00 am – 9:30 pm
Downtown Gifford – Celebration features a parade, food trucks, yard games and fireworks!

Tolono Fun Days

West Side Park, Time: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Tolono Fun Days kicks off Saturday with a parade and ends with Fireworks in West Side Park!

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Rantoul Freedom Celebration- Parade

Parade ends at Wabash Park, Time: 9:30 am – 11:00 am
The Rantoul Freedom Celebration Parade kicks off at 9:30am.

Savoy Independence Day Parade

, Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday July 3rd 10:00AM Arbours Berkshire Valley/Wilshire Liberty on the Lake Arbour Meadows Prairie Fields Prairie Meadows Lake Falls Fieldstone

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Sibley Area 4th of July

Lake Park, Time: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Parade at 11:30am, fishing derby, and more. The day wraps up with fireworks over Lake Sibley.

Seymour 4th of July Parade

Seymour, Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Held the morning of the Fourth of July at 10 a.m., the Seymour parade is a Fourth of July tradition and just a short drive from Champaign-Urbana.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Mahomet Auto Fest Cruise

Downtown Mahomet, Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Join in for the 12th Annual Mahomet Auto Fest 9AM | Downtown Mahomet | $15 Entrance Fee Enjoy a showcasing of over 275 classic vehicles in historic downtown Mahomet. With food trucks, live music, raffles and awards, it’s sure be a memorable day for the whole family. TROPHIES AND CLASSES Put…read more…

Monday, September 6, 2021

Champaign County Labor Day Parade & Picnic – NOT YET CONFIRMED

Lincoln Square to Prairie Park, Urbana, Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The information below is old from 2019. We have not yet confirmed if the Champaign County Labor Day Parade will be happening in 2021. Please check back later this summer to check on its status.  The AFL-CIO of Champaign County is once again sponsoring the annual Labor Day Parade and…read more…

Friday, September 10, 2021

Arcola Broom Corn Festival

Downtown Arcola, Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free admission and entertainment; food and crafts for sale. Visitors can see broom activities, arts/crafts, free entertainment, great food, and more.

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