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Dates:Tuesday, July 4, 2023
Ages:Toddlers, Kids

sudbury 4th of july parade rain or shine photoOn July 4th, at 1:00 PM, come out and enjoy Sudbury's Annual 4th of July Parade celebrating our Country's Independence.

All are welcome to come and watch one of the areas best parades! (With a zip code like 01776, Sudbury's patriotic spirit is one to be reckoned with...).

The parade will last approximately 1.5 hours and highlights include: firetrucks; antique vehicles; fyfe and drum units; bands; commercial, community, and neighborhood floats; agricultural displays; local politicians; and local Scouts.

At least 16 different bands will be part of the parade. Featured marchers will include the Sudbury Companies of Militia & Minute, a group devoted to interpreting the Colonial Period of American history. Horses bring up the rear, leading the Wayside Inn Coach. Sudbury natives Bruce Marshall (Bruce Marshall group) and Alan Goodrich (Alan and the Alligators) will perform during the parade.

Step off time is 1:00 p.m. on July 4th. Parade starts at Union Avenue and runs East along Rte 20 to Concord Road North, ending at Town Center. Parade participants gather before the parade at Chiswick Park. The parade begins at that point, proceeding for down Union Avenue to Route 20, heading east on Route 20 to Concord Road North all the way to Sudbury Town Center.

The parade route is approximately 2 miles long. Union Avenue will be closed to the public (parade participants only) at 11:30 and Rte 20 and Concord Road will close shortly before the start of the parade.

Kids should bring a bag to collect candy, and parents should make sure kids stay behind the white lines, not running into the road.

Start Time: 1 p.m. on July 4 – Rain or shine!
Start Location: Corner of Union Ave and Route 20.
End Time: Roughly 2:30 p.m. Depending on where you sit on the route the parade will take about an hour to pass.
End Location: Sudbury Town Hall.

Spectators are allowed to stand or sit anywhere along the parade route. What is so great about this parade is there really are no bad seats! Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, water bottles and sunscreen!

Road Closings and Detours
Just prior to the parade beginning, at approximately 12:45 PM, the following roads will be closed as well; Boston Post Road (RTE 20) from Nobscot Road to Landham Road, Concord Road from Boston Post Road to Plympton Road, and RTE 27 from Water Row to Peakham Road.

Anyone travelling through the area between 12:45PM and 4:00PM should expect extensive delays and/or seek an alternate route. The finish time may vary depending on the length of the parade. The roads will remain closed until participants have safely traversed the parade route. We apologize for any inconvenience, but hopefully forewarning motorists will provide them with the opportunity to plan accordingly.

Road Races
Registration for the Road Races begins at 7:30 AM at Featherland Park, Concord Road. Runners may also pre-register before race day. There will be two races: a 1.5-mile kids race (ages 9-13), with a start time of 8:30 AM, and a 3.75-mile race for runners 14 and older, starting at 9:00 AM. Click here for details.

Open House at the Hosmer House
The Hosmer House will be open from 1o a.m. to 4 p.m. The House exhibits the artwork of local artists. The artwork of Florence Hosmer will be displayed throughout the house. Homemade pies baked by The Sudbury Villagers and Friends of the Historical Commission will be available for purchase. Also, unique items including cozy Sudbury throws, colonial dolls, magnets, cup plates, and ornaments will be on sale. Admission is free.

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Boston Post Road, Concord Road, Sudbury, MA, 01776 map

Start Time: 1:00 PM on July 4, 2023 – Rain or shine!

End Time: Roughly 2:30 PM. Depending on where you sit on the route the parade will take about an hour to pass.

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2-starSudbury July 4th Parade
We have enjoyed watching the parade for many years from the vantage point of the corner of Union and Route 20. It was very upsetting this year to watch how unresponsible people were. While I know that the candy throwing is a big hit with the kids, it was out of hand at this year's parade. The kids paid no attention to the marchers or floats in their rush to get candy. Sometimes interferring with the flow of the parade. We watched the crowd of the Sudbury Plaza side of Route 20 creep closer and closer into Route 20, narrowing the path for the parade. There were two Sudbury policemen on duty on that side and they did very little to keep the crowd back. Several times walking participants of particular floats had to ask the crowds to step back. With so many little children running into the center of the road to get the candy, we were surprised that no one was hurt. The suggestion for the future parades would be to put up the saw horses or some type of barrier closer to the curb on the plaza side of Rt 20 and also the blocked off portion of Rt 20 to keep the crowds behind them.


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