Marple Newtown 4th of July Parade goes on for miles – Delco Times


Almost every community in Delaware County celebrates the Fourth of July with a parade, but few could match the size and crowds of Marple Newtown’s Monday celebration.

The westbound section of West Chester Pike was closed as families lined the road to celebrate the nation’s 246th birthday.

A line of floats, bands, buggies, vintage cars, fire trucks and community organizations stretched 2 miles from the heart of Newtown Square in West Chester Pike to the grandstand near Malin Road in Broomall .

  • American Legion Post 805 Commander Gerald Nail waves during the July 4, 2022 parade in Marple Newtown. (PETE BANNAN – DAILY HOURS)

  • Riley Messick, 7, from Newtown is all decked out in...

    Riley Messick, 7, from Newtown is all decked out in Marple Newtown’s 4th of July 2022 parade. (PETE BANNAN – DAILY HOURS)

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    Marple Newtown 4th of July 2022 Parade Celebration. (PETE BANNAN – DAILY HOURS)

  • Many bikes participated in the Marple Newtown 2022...

    Many bikes took part in Marple Newtown’s 2022 4th of July Parade. (PETE BANNAN – DAILY HOURS)

  • Chase Jillard, 3, is Santa Claus in his fire truck at...

    Chase Jillard, 3, is Santa Claus in his fire truck float during the 4th of July 2022 parade in Marple Newtown. (PETE BANNAN – DAILY HOURS)

  • Drive the Broomall Fire Company Truck 53 in the Marple 2022...

    Riding Broomall Fire Company Truck 53 during the 4th of July 2022 Parade in Marple Newtown. (PETE BANNAN – DAILY HOURS)

  • John Polito drives his 1948 Ford in the 2022 Marple...

    John Polito drives his 1948 Ford during the 4th of July 2022 parade in Marple Newtown. (PETE BANNAN – DAILY HOURS)

  • Newtown Square's Janet Ward plugs her ears as...

    Newtown Square’s Janet Ward covers her ears as fire engines pass by during the 4th of July 2022 parade in Marple Newtown. (PETE BANNAN – DAILY HOURS)

  • Edith Scipione, 6, enjoys the Marple Newtown July 4, 2022...

    Edith Scipione, 6, enjoys Marple Newtown’s 4th of July 2022 parade. (PETE BANNAN – DAILY HOURS)

  • Media's Brian Hampson enjoys the 4th Marple Newtown 2022...

    Media’s Brian Hampson enjoys the Marple Newtown 4th of July 2022 parade with his son Preston, 2, on his shoulders. (PETE BANNAN – DAILY HOURS)

  • Newtown Police Officer Johnny Edelbute and his children Connor, 6, Olivia...

    Newtown Police Officer Johnny Edelbute and his children Connor, 6, Olivia 3 and Gavin 8 at the Marple Newtown 4th of July 2022 Parade. (PETE BANNAN – DAILY HOURS)

  • Amy Pflaumer enjoys the Marple Newtown July 4, 2022...

    Amy Pflaumer enjoys the 4th of July 2022 Parade in Marple Newtown. (PETE BANNAN – DAILY HOURS)

  • Delaware County Council President Dr. Monica Taylor participates in...

    Delaware County Council Speaker Dr. Monica Taylor participates in the July 4, 2022 parade in Marple Newtown. (PETE BANNAN – DAILY HOURS)

  • Melina DiMarco enjoys the Marple Newtown July 4, 2022...

    Melina DiMarco enjoying the 4th of July 2022 parade in Marple Newtown. (PETE BANNAN – DAILY HOURS)

  • Waiting for July 4, 2022 Marple Newtown...

    Waiting for the start of the 4th of July 2022 parade from Marple Newtown. (PETE BANNAN – DAILY HOURS)

  • 2022 Marple Newtown 4th of July parade Grand Marshall was...

    2022 Marple Newtown 4th of July Parade Grand Marshall was Bill Greco Jr. co-owner of Thunderbird Steakhouse, a third-generation business in town. (PETE BANNAN – DAILY HOURS)

  • New York's Marching Cobras and Danceline drumline take...

    New York’s Drumline Marching Cobras and Danceline participate in Marple Newtown’s 2022 4th of July Parade. (PETE BANNAN – DAILY HOURS)

  • Brothers Tom and Ken Kelly enjoy Marple Newtown 2022...

    Brothers Tom and Ken Kelly enjoy the Marple Newtown 4th of July 2022 parade in their 1966 American LaFrance fire truck. (PETE BANNAN – DAILY TIMES)

  • Marple Newtown's 4th of July 2022 parade included many...

    The 4th of July 2022 parade in Marple Newtown included many vintage cars. (PETE BANNAN – DAILY HOURS)

  • Whitney Keenan, 4, from West Chester is looking for the start of...

    Whitney Keenan, 4, from West Chester looks for the start of the 4th of July 2022 parade in Marple Newtown and maybe some candy thrown from the floats. (PETE BANNAN – DAILY HOURS)

  • Lt. Col. Andy Fischer Ret USAF participates in...

    Lt Col Andy Fischer Ret USAF takes part in the 4th of July 2022 Parade in Marple Newtown. (PETE BANNAN – DAILY HOURS)

  • Reese Armstrong, 8, of Drexel Hill is competing in the 2022...

    Reese Armstrong, 8, from Drexel Hill takes part in Marple Newtown’s 4th of July 2022 parade. (PETE BANNAN – DAILY HOURS)

The parade has become a Delaware County tradition since its inception in 1984 and now includes a fun 5k run before the event as well as a home decorating contest.

While most units started at St. Alban’s circle, bicycles, buggies, carts and hand-drawn chariots started after the long hill of St. Anastasia’s Church.

Attendees included Lauren Miller of Glenolden and her family. His daughter Elianna rode a float as part of the parade.

“I was into it, getting the kids involved is so much fun,” Miller said. “And we celebrate America.”

A number of exciting bands participated including the WhoaPhat Brass Band from South Philly, the Marching Cobras Drum and Dance Lines from New York and the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps from Pennington New Jersey. Of course, now the Delco parade would be complete without the Mummers and this year’s parade included Woodland String Band.

The Grand Marshall was William Greco Jr., co-owner with his brother Tom of Thunderbird Steakhouse, a third-generation Marple institution founded by his grandfather Salvatore and father William in 1956.

Greco thanked everyone for their support and said the parade was a fantastic part of the community.

“It shows you how important everyone is to each other,” he said. “Good relationships have been built here.”

The parade route also included a quiet zone for those sensitive to the high-pitched sirens of fire engines.

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