Memorial Day marks a day to honor those who gave their lives for our country. This year’s parade theme is “Honoring All Branches of our Military: Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and the Coast Guard”. The parade is followed by a Remembrance Observance and Community Day at Waterworks Park featuring great food, live music, and free entertainment and games for kids.
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Where & When
- Where: The parade begins at Augustus Lutheran Church on Seventh Avenue in Trappe, proceeds down Main St. to First Avenue at the Trappe Shopping Center, then right on First Avenue to the entrance to Waterworks Park.
- When: Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th
- Time: Parade begins at 10:00 am.
- Time: Remembrance Service and Community Day begins shortly after the parade ends at Waterworks Park, around 11:30 am.
About the Annual Memorial Day Event
There will be new floats decorated by residents and groups along with perennial favorites. The parade will be about a mile long and will be comprised of over 50 groups and individuals representing our veterans, military, non-profit groups, service clubs, Boy and Girl Scouts, marching bands, decorated floats, dancers, antique vehicles and special brigades.
Each year about 500 individuals take part in the parade and over 3,000 adults and children come out to watch along the parade route and attend the events at the park.
A number of armed forces groups will be represented along with Blue Star Mothers, who have a son or daughter currently serving.
Children and families will enjoy giveaways from the parade participants and also at the parade’s end at Waterworks Park.
Those watching the parade should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to shady spots along Main Street in Trappe from Seventh Avenue down to First Avenue. Plenty of great viewing spots are available!
At the end of the parade, viewers should fall into the parade behind the EMS vehicle and walk to Waterworks Park for a short Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony hosted by the Trappe VFW, which will include a ceremonial flag raising, and the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Community Day follows with Moon Bounce, Slide, and Two-Lane Obstacle Course inflatables; face painters; and GrandPop Bubbles with his giant bubbles for families and kids. Live music provided by Rick Pultorak, singing upbeat 60s – 80’s songs.
Community Day will feature the following food vendors:
- Rotary Club
Hamburgers, popcorn, pretzels and more
- Capt’n Chucky’s
Many seafood selections
- Imperial’s Catering
BBQ pulled pork sandwiches and grilled vegetable wraps
- Bonjung Restaurant
Korean BBQ rice, noodles, pot-stickers and salad
- Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
Ice cream and water ice
Brought to You By
The non-profit Collegeville Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) and community volunteers bring this parade to the community every year. To help us continue making events like this possible Join, Volunteer or Donate today.
- VFW Post 7155 Honor Guard
- Boy Scout Troop 7155
- Cub Scout Pack 531
- Horse-drawn Caisson
- Cub Scout Pack 87 carrying pictures of our local heroes killed in the line of duty:
- Army Sgt. John T. Bubeck
- Staff Sgt. Marc J. Small
- David R. Bernstein
- Richard Willis Minnich Jr.
- PFC Robert Lee Vaughn, Jr.
- Roy A. Gebhard
- Douglas Issac Moyer
- Army Capt. Nathan R. Raudenbush
- Richard Edwin Powell
- Gerald L. Hartzel
- Leslie James Stewart, and
- Lawrence Edward Bach
- Vietnam Vet Chester M. Hullinger, Jr. driven by Mary Hullinger in a decorated Ford Explorer with Airman 1st Class Leon Reynolds E-5.
- Blue Star Mother Nina Owens, parent of Marine Sgt. Lonzo A. Owens
- USMC HMMWV owned and driven by Tom Garvin
- Perkiomen Valley High School Vikings Marching Band
- PVHS Varsity Cheerleaders
- 1930 Model A Ford owned and driven by the Haring-Heidel Family
- Boy Scout Troop 113
- 1930 Ford Roadster driven and owned by Carol Allen
- 1935 Ford Four door Sedan owned and driven by Phil Christ
- Parade Marshalls Mayors Aidsand Wright–Riggins, Matthew Wismer, and Betty Wright-Riggins driven in a black Vis a Vis Carriage with horses owned by Matthew Wismer, Northern Star Farm.
- PA Senator Katie Muth representing the 44th District driven by a 2019 Red Corvette owned and driven by Barry Shefsky
- Pa State Representative Joe Webster representing the 150th District in a 1929 Shay Model A Roadster owned and driven by Beth and Mark Howard
- State Representative Joe Ciresi representing the 146th District in a 1909 White GA owned and driven by Shawn Achtel
- Collegeville Councilman Gary Hoffman in a 1932 Ford owned and driven by Steven Kurcik
- Music Depot Drumline
- Antique Truck owned and operated by Fred Chendorain
- 1957 Ford Thunderbird owned and driven by Bruce Saylor
- 1948 Chevrolet Sedan owned and operated by Al Schneider
- Cub Scout Pack 119 –Katrin Blamey
- The Valley Forge Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and Children of the American Revolution, Valley Forge Society Riding in an 1987 Corvette Convertible owned and driven by Ron Rahmer.
- 1936 Ford Cabriolet owned and operated by Ken Valeri
- Miss Pennsylvania East Coast USA 2017/18 Stephanie Frazier and National Optional Supreme East Coast USA 2016/17 Shealyn Frazier driven in a 1929 Model A Ford Phaeton owned and driven by Tom Hudecki
- 1931 Ford Sedan owned and operated by Dave Falls
- Patriot’s Float by the Young Family
- St. Luke’s UCC with a Historic Jeep
- 1930 Ford Sedan owned and operated by Gene and Nancy Yeager
- 1929 Ford Roadster owned by Gary Volpe
- 1930 Ford Pickup Truck owned by Gary Volpe
- Collegeville Lion’s Club Decorated Car and Mascot
- Graterford Bible Fellowship Church
- 1928 Ford Roadster owned and driven by Doug Emerson
- 1931 Ford four- door Sedan owned and driven by Perry Rogers
- 1931 Ford Tudor Sedan owned and driven by David Falls
- Dancing on Eire School of Irish Dance
- 1964 Ford Mustang owned and operated by Cliff Wilson
- The Children’s Schoolhouse of Collegeville
- Community Club of Collegeville members riding in a vintage Mustang Convertible owned and operated by Earl Maclevain
- West Mont United Soccer Club
- 1930 Ford Coupe owned and driven by Dini Vigliano
- 1931 Ford Open Cab Pick-up owned and driven by Howard and Martha Kriebel
- 1969 custom VW Beetle owned and driven by Vic Machese
- 1931 Ford Coupe owned and driven by Al Schneider
- 1930 Four-door Sedan owned by Dave and Sue Wood
- 1956 Thunderbird owned and driven by Fred Coyne
- Historic Beaver Tractors owned Carmen Valerio
- Trucks and Emergency Vehicles driven by members of the Collegeville Fire Co.
- Trappe Fire Co. & EMT Ambulance