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Posted on: May 23, 2023

Guadalupe Valley Young Marines to Lead July 4th Parade

Guadalupe Valley Young Marines Parade Marshal

SEGUIN, Texas – The countdown is on for celebrating Independence Day in Seguin! 

Mayor Donna Dodgen is happy to announce that the Guadalupe Valley Young Marines have been chosen to lead this year’s parade as grand marshals.  

“Since 2009, the Guadalupe Valley Young Marines have been a very visible and active unit in both the Seguin and Guadalupe County communities,” said Mayor Dodgen. “Under the leadership of Unit Commander Dina Dillon, this patriotic group of exceptional young people makes a positive impact on the community in many ways. The unit is often seen presenting flags, lending a hand to a community service project, placing flags on graves of veterans, and perhaps most importantly, spreading awareness about drug education and encouraging a drug-free lifestyle,” she continued.

“In selecting our parade marshal, I always want to highlight those who have our future - and this group is an amazing example,” said Dodgen.

Earlier this year, Guadalupe Valley Young Marines was awarded “Division 4 Unit of the Year,” the top honor for all divisions in a nine-state area for the unit’s community service, program achievement and dedication to the mission.

In 2022, the unit received the prestigious national award, the Fulcrum Shield, awarded by the Department of Defense for their Red Ribbon Week efforts (drug prevention and resistance) in the community.

Schedule of events

The fun begins on Saturday, July 1st with Freedom Fiesta hosted by local radio station, KWED 1580.  The celebration is from 6 pm to 11 pm in downtown Central Park and includes a live performance by the Jumpstart variety band, great food, cold beer and time to connect with the whole community. 

Join us for the final concert Sunday, July 2 in the 2023 Central Park Concert Series. The San Antonio Symphonic Band will play a medley of patriotic tunes in Central Park. The concert begins at 7 pm. Bring your lawn chairs and beverages of choice.  

On Saturday, July 3, catch the best views of the fireworks near Max Starcke Golf Course and the surrounding area. Fireworks will blast off starting at 9:30 pm. 

On Saturday July 4, the day begins with a flag raising ceremony at 9 am in Central Park. Music, speakers, pomp and circumstance will remind attendees of the significance of the day.

Crowds of flag-waving people will line Austin Street for the annual parade. The floats roll at 10 am. Past crowd estimates have exceeded 10,000. There will be more than 100 parade entries including floats from local businesses, elected officials, churches, schools, military representatives, and more.

The City of Seguin asks parade attendees to not block parade route sidewalks with chairs and other items until the morning of the event. To allow for the best parade viewing experience, drivers are asked to not park along the parade route, which includes Austin Street from East College to Nelda Street.

If you plan to save a spot to watch the parade, we ask that you don't put chairs or other place-holders on any sidewalks or streets. Items blocking sidewalks prior to the morning of the parade could be removed by city staff.

To submit a parade entry or for more information about the 4th of July events, please call the Seguin Main Street Program at (830) 401-5000 or online at


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