• Location: Downtown Appleton
  • 10 W. College Ave.
  • Appleton, Wisconsin 54911
  • Phone: 920.954.9112

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70th Appleton Flag Day Parade

After a one-year hiatus, the 70th Flag Day Parade will return to Appleton on June 12, 2021. “It’s on,” said Corey Otis, Appleton Parade Committee Chairperson. “We’re proud to announce that the Flag Day Parade will be back, bigger and better than ever this year.”

Fox Cities residents have honored “Old Glory” on the second Saturday in June since 1950, making the Appleton Flag Day Parade the nation’s oldest. The celebration annually attracts more than 50,000 spectators and participants from throughout the state and nation to Appleton. The event was cancelled last year due to concerns over the coronavirus, but this spring’s falling case numbers and rising vaccination percentages paved the way for the event’s comeback on June 12. The Committee strongly encourages spectators and participants to follow the updated CDC guidelines: if you’re fully vaccinated, you don’t need a mask.

“It’s been a tough year for everyone, and we’re proud of how our community has pulled together and persevered,” Otis said. “We can’t wait to celebrate with our friends and family again.” 

Other notable entries in the 70th Appleton Flag Day Parade include:

The 2d Marine Division Band - “The Division’s Own” - from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

  • A dozen more musical units, including the 484th Army Band from Milwaukee/Chicago, the Americanos Alumni Association, Unity the Band, Copper Box, and the Appleton City Band. 
  • All three Appleton public high school marching bands, including Appleton North, led by James Thaldorf, who is retiring after more than a quarter-century as the Lightning Band Director.
  • Veterans organizations, five branches of the military, patriotic floats, marching units, antique vehicles, and horses
  • Surprise special guests at the end of the parade and much, much more!

Before and after the parade:

  • The 2d Marine Division Band will perform open-to-the-public, free concerts on the following dates:
  • Friday, June 11th at 12:00 NOON in Houdini Plaza (corner of College Ave. & Appleton St., in downtown Appleton).  Following the thirty-minute concert, the band’s Brass Band ensemble will rove and play in various locations throughout downtown Appleton.
  • Friday, June 11th at 6:00 PM on the outdoor patio at Waverly Beach Bar & Grille (N8770 Fire Lane 1, in Menasha).
  • Saturday, June 12th at 5:00 PM at the Appleton American Legion Post 38 (3220 W. College Ave., in Appleton).

Come early and support the businesses on the parade route.

Pierce Manufacturing and WHBY radio will hand out free flags to spectators just before the parade begins.

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