Published Jul 3, 2019 at 2:31 PM | Updated at 2:46 PM EDT on Jul 3, 2019
Colorful floats and lively musical performances are on the agenda for Wawa Welcome America's Fourth of July extravaganza.
This year's Salute to America Independence Day Parade will include more floats than usual and some that will strike a personal chord with a lot of people, said Todd Marcocci, who helped organize the parade.
"We've taken a lot of unique directions on some of the designs, but there's lot of entertainment on every single float," Marcocci said.
The parade will have a bit of everything for everyone and include more than 4,000 participants as it winds its way from Independence Hall on through Independence Mall. It will showcase the history and "fabric" of America and military contributions while keeping spectators entertained through marching bands and other performances, Marcocci said.
One of the highlights will be a float commemorating the Stonewall riots, considered the catalyst for the LGBTQ rights movement.
The float was also on display at Sunday's WorldPride parade in New York, which coincided with the 50th anniversary of the uprising. It includes ribbons on which Philadelphians wrote personal messages. One reads, "Protect trans women" and "Sending love and strength."
People will also be able to spot some familiar faces as talent from both NBC10 and Telemundo 62 ride atop the "Fiesta" float.
Another highlight will be a 200-foot-long, 18-foot-wide "Canvas of America," which stiches together every flag from the UN member nations, as well those from US territories.
The idea for the canvas, which will be carried by 40 people, revolves around the words of the Constitution.
"I believe very strongly in what the Constitution says: that all men are created equal," Marcocci said. "I think it's very important for us to recognize that this country is made up of people from everywhere."
Take a look below for a sneak preview of what you can expect, and don't forget to catch the parade Thursday at 11 a.m.