July 4th Parade
Welcome to the
Temple Terrace Area
Republican Club page
for the 4th of July parade info.
In 2023, the Tampa area 4th of July parade in Temple Terrace was Tuesday, July 4th, starting at 1pm.
If you like parades, YOU'LL LOVE PARTICIPATING in the parade
Only MEMBERS of the Temple Terrace Republican Club can "walk" in the annual parade, so plan to attend a meeting, get to know us, and join in the fun.
1975 is generally remembered as the first Temple Terrace 4th of July parade, in advance of the Bi-Centennial the next year. The event has run almost continuously ever since with a few missing years, [ie: pandemic] but not too many. The Tampa 4th of July parade is spotty over the years in it’s organization, so often the Temple Terrace even is the “best one” to attend. Tampa’s 1st 4th of July parade is debated, as some small groups did events, as far back as prior to Henry B Plant bringing the railroad into what we call Tampa in 1884. We assume, because of who he was, as a civic leader, some commemorative event probably occurred.
Early colonists celebrated “Independence Day” during the summer of 1776 by putting on mock funerals for King George III of England, symbolizing the death of the British rule in America.
Did you know there is a “debate” about Independence Day? John Adams, one of the guys who signed the declaration, always contended that the “real day” was July 2nd.
The 4th of July was celebrated annually throughout the 1790s and 1800s, and in 1870, Congress declared the day a federal holiday. It wasn’t until 1941 that the date became a paid federal holiday for federal employees. The banks and post office hopped on the “day-off” bandwagon and now so do many business, except car dealers, furniture stores and retailers who see a sales opportunity. LOL
Do you know WHY the city is named Temple Terrace?