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 2nd 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 Thursday, July 4th, 2013 – 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.



Parade Lineup

Order in ParadeParticipant Name
1LEAD CAR - State College Police Department
2Boalsburg Fire Company
3American Legion Riders
4Centre Line Riders
5Girls Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania - Service Unit #415
6Helium Balloon - Stars and Stripes (Sponsored by Kissinger, Bigatel, & Brower)
7Hero #1 - Paul Mazza (in memorium)
8Hero #2 - Polly Norton
9Jazzercise
10Centre County Grange Fair Queen
11Penn State Haz Mat Vehicle
12Hero #3 - Hope Guthoff
13Hero #4 - Pat Elliott
14VAMOS! Lion Chariot
15Bob the Bike Guy
16Helium Balloon - Patriotic Stars (Sponsored by Tire Town)
17Centre Concrete
18Centre County Veterans Affairs
19ARMY National Guard
20ARMY Jeep - Antique
21-27Keystone Military Vehicle Owners Group
28U.S. Marine Corps
29PYRO Crew
30Howard Fire Company
31Susan Bardo - Candidate for District Judge
32Forever Broadcasting
33Hero #5 - Terri Rudy Pontzer
34Nittany Mountain Biking Association
35Hero #6 - Donald R. Hazel Jr.
36Citizen's Hook & Ladder Fire Company #1
37Otto's Pub and Brewery
38Little Caesars Pizza
39Centre Area Transportation Authority
40Centre County Library & Historical Museum
41Bald Eagle Power Squadron
42Port Matilda Fire Company #15
43Snow Shoe Volunteer Fire Company #6
44Miles Township Fire Company #19
45Hero #7 - Donald Watkins
46Hero #8 - Dustin Neumann
47Nittany All Star Cheerleading & Dance
48Miss Central Pennsylvania Scholarship Pageant
49Pennsylvania Cinderella Scholarship Pageant
50State College Area Roller Derby
51Hero #9 - Bonnie Dyke
52Centre Communities Chapter American Red Cross
53Hero #10 - Charlie Poust
54Walker Twp. Volunteer Fire Department
55Nittany Dreamers Baton Corp
56Hero #11 - Lisa Wandel
57Women's Adventure Club of Centre County
58Hero #12 - SPC John Buchan
59MEDIUM GIANT - Helium Parade Balloon - Uncle Sam (Sponsored by HRI, Inc.)
60MEDIUM GIANT - Helium Parade Balloon - Miss Liberty Belle (Sponsored by RESTEK, Inc.)
61Miss Bellefonte
62Bellefonte Area High School Marching Band
63Hero #13 - Sgt. Vincent Reynolds
64Hero #14 - Sgt. Adam Hartswick
65Helium Balloon - BASEBALL (Sponsored by 4thFest)
66Helium Balloon - FOOTBALL (Sponsored by 4thFest)
67MEGA-GIANT Helium Balloon - FOOTBALL HERO (Sponsored by 4thFest)
68Keystone Dressage & Combines
69High Horse Farm
70Restless Winds Carriage
71Alpha Fire Company #5
72TAIL CAR - Penn State Univeristy Police


Parade Participation

Is your organization or group interested in participating in the parade? Download the 2013 Parade Registration Form (PDF).

2014 Parade Map

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America's Got Heroes Sponsorships

"America's Got Heroes" Parade ($5,000) (limited to 1)

Includes company-provided banner at start of the parade, logo on CDT AGH promotions, name or logo (bold) on sponsor thank you ad, logo on 4thFest website AGH section, promotion at Silver Media package level, opportunity to distribute promotional material to parade participants before the parade, transport in car with signage provided, Fifty (50) VIP Viewing Passes, Fifteen (15) VIP Parking Passes.

"America's Got Heroes" Recognition ($2,500) (limited to 1)

Includes company-provided banner on recognition stage, logo on CDT AGH promotion, name or logo (bold) on sponsor thank you ad, logo on 4thFest website AGH section, promotion at Bronze Media package level, involvement with presentation of awards to heroes, Twenty (20) VIP Viewing Passes, Eight (8) VIP Parking Passes.

"America's Got Heroes" Bracelets ($1,500) (limited to 2)

Includes company name on 2,500 "America's Got Heroes" bracelets, name (bold) on sponsor thank you ad, logo on 4thFest website section, fifteen (15) VIP Viewing Passes, six (6) VIP Parking Passes.

Transportation for Heroes ($500) (maximum of 20)

Includes 2 signs provided by 4thFest (with your name or logo, AGH logo, hero name), your name on sponsor thank you ad, name on 4thFest website AGH section, ten (10) VIP Viewing Passes, four (4) VIP Parking Passes.

Parade of Heroes Map

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Video & Photo Galleries


Video courtesy of WHVL TV

AGH Parade of Heroes

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