PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Saturday night’s weather may not have cooperated, but organizers hope that Monday is a great day for the Salute To America Independence Day Parade. Eyewitness News got a preview of what it will look like.
From the details to the colors to the symbols, the floats set to grace Wawa Welcome America’s Salute To Independence Day Parade each tell a story.READ MORE: Mother Of 6 Stabbed To Death In West Philly Had Protective Order Against Fiance Charged In Her Murder
“It’ll just really make the float pop and then we make it shine,” Brenda Goldsmith said.
“It’s really like a moving entertainment show through visual representation of what America is,” Todd Marcocci said.
And like anything worth marveling, they took time, patience, and a vision.
Marcocci says he’s the visionary.
“Basically many months prior to, I kind give them a heads up, this is what I’m thinking creatively and then probably about two months ago I literally drew everything up, this is what I want,” Marcocci said.
Eyewitness News was there as crews put the finishing touches on the floats at The Convention Center.
On July 4, they’ll be rolled out along with 70 other different elements, including marching bands, drill teams, dancers, and more.READ MORE: Philabundance Distributing More Food Than Ever Amid Skyrocketing Prices Caused By Inflation
“I think July 4th is one of my favorite and of course the holiday parade is one of my favorites, so I wanted to come down and work on this one especially,” Goldsmith said.
As Goldsmith worked on the float inside, severe storms changed plans for those outdoors.
Organizers canceled the U.S. Army Bands concert and a firework display at Penn’s Landing Saturday due to severe weather.
“Today broke my heart that the fireworks were not happening tonight, but yes, Monday is looking fabulous,” Marcocci said.
Because rain or shine, there’s no better place to be on the Fourth of July than Philadelphia.
“Always, the birthplace, you can’t be anyplace better,” Goldsmith said. “So much to do, so much to enjoy and everything’s free.”
The parade starts at 11 a.m. Monday on East Market Street and ends on Broad and Arch Streets.MORE NEWS: Darren Arnold Sought For Allegedly Setting Fire To West Philly Home Where 150 Jugs Of Gasoline Were Found
CBS3’s Wakisha Bailey contributed to this report.