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America's Got Heroes

Take a few moments and imagine what the world would be like if there were no heroes. Our lives would be so much poorer. It's doubtful the United States would even exist. Our history has had heroes since Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Robert Morris and others signed the Declaration of Independence. Every soldier who fought in the Revolutionary War was a hero including George Washington and those 12,000 men who stayed in Valley Forge during the bitter winter of 1778. And down through the past 200 years, our nation has had many heroes; some well known, but many just ordinary citizens.

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America's Got Heroes Parade of Heroes

The 3rd annual Parade of Heroes adds to the already well-established day of family-friendly-fun festivities celebrating our nation's birth. The Parade of Heroes is Saturday, July 4th, 2015 – beginning in front of the State College Municipal Building at 2:00pm. The parade route will travel through downtown State College, across the PSU campus and end at the PSU Law School Building. Please check back for updates on the parade start time.

The Parade of Heroes is the platform utilized to publicly thank and recognize the heroes of Central Pennsylvania. The heroes selected to participate in the parade will receive a commemorative plaque and be transported individually in vehicles through the parade route with their name's and town's highlighted on banners alongside the vehicle. Nominees not selected to be in the parade will receive honorable mentions and a certificate thanking them for their service to their community and country.

Freedom Bell Ringing - Let Freedom Ring!

This year the start of the Parade of Heroes will coincide with the ringing of bells. Across the nation, community churches are being encouraged to ring their bells on July 4th to help remind people that this is a day to commemorate and remember the blessings we enjoy here in America. Although the origin of this tradition is difficult to establish, it may go back to the ringing of church bells in Boston to alert people to the British advance, or to the inscription on the Liberty Bell. The inscription is from Leviticus 25:10 and reads, "Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." Along this line, on July 4th, we are asking the State College area churches to ring their bells at 2:00 PM. We hope you will join us and let freedom ring this holiday. Thank you.


2014 Parade Lineup

Order in ParadeParticipant Name
1State College Police Department
2Pinky Motorcycles
3Boalsburg Fire Company
4Pittsburgh Superstars Allstar Cheerleaders
5Scouts (Boys, Girls, Cubs, Brownies, 5. Explorers)
6Balloon 1 - Patriotic Stars & Stripes
7Balloon 2 - Patriotic Stars & Stripes
8Balloon 3 - Patriotic Ornament
9Balloon 4 - Patriotic Ornament
10Marathon for Medicine
11Hero #1 - Marathon for Medicine
12Dialed Up Sports BMX Bikers
14Pyro Crew
15Centre LifeLink EMS
16Centre County Library & Historical Museum
17Centre County Veterans Affairs
18National Guard
21Hero #2 - Abigail Boyer
22Balloon 5 - Miss Liberty
23Penn State Haz Mat Vehicle
24State College Roller Derby
25Bob the Bike Guy
26Centre County Grange Fair Queen
27Centre Hall Fire Company
28Undine Fire Company
29CATA Bus
30Youth Service Bureau
32Boalsburg Yacht Club
34Hero #3 - Michael Herr
35Balloon 6 - Uncle Sam
36148th PA Volunteer Infantry
37Army Jeep/Antique
38Keystone Military Vehicles Owners Group
39Keystone Military Vehicles Owners Group
40Keystone Military Vehicles Owners Group
41Keystone Military Vehicles Owners Group
42Keystone Military Vehicles Owners Group
43Dan Traux (Army Jeep)
44Bald Eagle Power Squadron
45Lunar Lion
46Miss Central Pennsylvania Scholarship Pageant
47Vamos! Lion Chariot
48Hero #4 - Shirley Karduck
49Hero #5 - Gene and Donna Weller
50Balloon 7 - Patriotic Birthday Cake
51Balloon 8 - Firecracker
52Nittany Dreamers
53Centre Concrete
54Howard Fire Company
55Logan Fire Company
56Millheim Fire Company
57PA Cinderella Scholarship Organization
58Hero #6 - Ellie Ritzman
59Balloon 9 - Patriotic Party Bird
60Forever Broadcasting
61Miss Bellefonte
62Wildcat Allstars
63Balloon 10 - The American Eagle
64Port Matilda Fire Company
65Mile's Township Fire Company
66March 1 Slalom Team
67Hero #7 - Steve, Donna, and Stacy Newburg
68Emily & Matt (Bride & Groom)
69Restless Winds Carriage
70High Horse Farm
71Keystone Dressage and Combines
67Hero #8 - Alpha Fire Company
70Penn State University Police
70Volunteer Clean Up Crew
72Street Sweeper

Live Streaming

This year 4thFest will have a camera recording from the parade, and streaming live here on! We recommend enjoying the community and parade in person, but for those who cannot travel to State College, and to support our heroes serving stateside and overseas, we will live stream the parade via wireless service provided by Wireless Made Simple. The live stream begins approximately 2:00pm on Saturday, July 4th.


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