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The 72nd Appleton Flag Day Parade Returns on June 10

Appleton Flag Day Parade Generic LogoThe Appleton Parade Committee is now accepting applications for the 72nd Appleton Flag Day Parade. The biggest and best Flag Day Parade in the country is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2023.

“The Flag Day Parade is a celebration of the spirit of America,” said Corey Otis, Appleton Parade Committee Chairperson. “It’s an opportunity for us to come together as a community and honor the freedoms, democracy, and unity that fortify our nation, while also showcasing the Fox Valley’s unwavering patriotism and love for the red, white, and blue.”

The theme of the 72nd Appleton Flag Day Parade is “A Salute to American Courage and Valor.” The Parade Grand Marshal, as always, is the United States Flag. Every year, the Flag Day Parade honors a branch of the military, and this year’s event will spotlight the United States Coast Guard.

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 draws more than 50,000 spectators and participants from throughout the state and nation to Appleton.

Organizations interested in participating in the 72nd Appleton Flag Day Parade must complete and submit an official application before April 15, 2023. Groups can access the applications online via the City of Appleton website (www.appleton.org/visitors/appleton-parades) or the Appleton Flag Day Parade Facebook page.

The parade begins at 2:00 p.m. at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and N. Oneida Street. The route travels west down W. Wisconsin Avenue to N. State Street, south on N. State Street to W. College Avenue. At W. College Avenue the parade travels east and ends at Drew Street. The event is organized by the Appleton Parade Committee, a group of dedicated community volunteers. Follow the Appleton Flag Day Parade on Facebook for updates on this year’s event. The Appleton Flag Day Parade logo is attached for your use.

ADDITIONAL NOTE: The 2023 Appleton Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 29. The Appleton Memorial Day Parade pays tribute to servicemen and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in defense of the United States. The “Moment of Remembrance” ceremony will take place immediately following the Parade in Appleton’s historic Riverside Cemetery, 714 North Owaissa Street. Organizations interested in participating in the 2023 Appleton Memorial Day Parade must complete and submit an official application before April 15, 2023. Groups can access the applications online via the City of Appleton website (www.appleton.org/visitors/appleton-parades) or the Appleton Memorial Day Parade Facebook page.