Thousands Gather in Canonsburg for 4th of July Parade

Yes, Many Set Out Chairs to Save Spots

Joe DeStio
July 04, 2018 - 4:02 pm
Parade watchers lined up four and five deep in spots along Pike Street to watch Canonsburg's historic 4th of July parade.

Joe DeStio


CANONSBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – It’s become a tradition in Canonsburg, Washington County as several thousand people turned out for the 4th of July parade. Another tradition; residents put out folding chairs the night before to save a spot on the sidewalk to get a good view. And it works as people lined up five and six deep in some locations along Pike Street.

Lisa Ann Migyanko of McMurray, Pa sat in a parade vehicle dressed as Betsy Ross. She said she was proud to be working on the American flag, “to honor our veterans, honor out country.” She added, “It’s just a chance for everyone to get together and come together, celebrate what brings us together instead of what drives us apart.”

The idea of coming together as a community also appealed to Paula Key who is the Chaplain for American Legion Post 764 in Washington, PA. “Well, there’s a lot of division but if we all work together we can get it back together. A lot of prayer.”

The Canonsburg parade is one of the oldest in the country. The turnout was strong despite temperatures in the 90’s. A full day of activities followed the parade capped by fireworks at night.

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