Grand Parade

Fire trucks in the July 4th grand parade in Seward, Nebraska

The 2017 July 4th Grand Parade begins at 4:00 p.m. and will celebrate the theme of “Deep Roots – High Hopes, Saluting Seward, Seward County and Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial!”

National Guardsman driving in the July 4th parade in Seward, Nebraska2017 Parade Information

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Thank You from the Fourth of July Parade Committee

Parade Chair
Tonia Nantkes, 402-641-8912,

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2016 Parade Awards

Parade Co-Chairs were Tonia and Jamie Nantkes. Parade Emcees were Clark Kolterman and Austin Taibemal.

Best of Show – Top Parade Award
UH-1 “Huey” Helicopter-Sponsored by Whisler Aviation of Seward

Chairman’s Award – Judge’s Favorite
St. Vincent De Paul Catholic School – “Firehawks”

Mayor’s Award-Best Entry Following the Theme (Tie)
Concordia University and Concordia University Alumni Association – Seward
“Go Higher Into the Wild Blue Yonder with Concordia University of Seward”
Seward Cross Makers – Seward, Nebraska

Merv and Mryna Zillig Memorial Award – Best Horse Unit
Seward County Sheriff’s Posse

Florence Keller Memorial Award – Best Business Entry
Bottle Rocket Brewery of Seward

Cecil Drew Memorial Award – Best Wagon Drawn Unit
The Kesserling’s “It’s a Journey Horse Training”

Dorothea Bek Memorial Award – Best Walking/Marching Unit
Madonna ProActive Chase Baton Twirlers – Featuring Twirler Steffany Lein – Lincoln
Madonna ProActive Chase Dance Program – Lincoln

Mel Bolte Best Musical Entry – Best Live Music
Seward High School Marching Bluejays and Flag Corps

Willa Koenig Memorial Award – Best Youth Entry
Staplehurst “Our Redeemer Lutheran School” Little Red Wagon”

Mary and Margaret Sweasey Memorial Award – Best Civic Entry
The Christmas Celebration/Parade Committee
Seward County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Partnership

Jim Orr Memorial Award – Best Patriotic Entry (Tie)
Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assemblies St. Thomas Aquinas from David City
Msgr Mandeville from York, Seward and Aurora
Jones National Bank and Trust of Seward and Milford “Giant American Flag”

Dessalee Rousselle Memorial Award – People’s Choice Award – Obvious Crowd Favorite
Kozy Kidyz Daycare of Seward

Judge’s Choice – Best of Show
“Yowie”-Named “Myron”-Australian Version of Big Foot
Sponsored by Yowie’s Lodge and Sports Bar of Lincoln Historic Haymarket

2015 Parade Awards

The annual Seward Fourth of July Celebration extends congratulations and offers parade awards to the participants in the annual parade.  The specially designed trophies were created for the Seward Celebration by local resident Tim Moravec. The parade awards are funded by grants for the GFWC Seward Woman’s Club, the GFWC Seward Junior Women’s Club and the VFW Post #4755 Auxiliary of Seward.  The awards are the results of the parade judging at the review stand and the winners were announced at the bandshell at 6:00 on July 4 by the parade chair Tonia Nantkes. The trophies are on display at the Seward Civic Center and can be claimed by the winners at the Seward Chamber of Commerce at 616 Bradford Avenue in Seward at the Civic Center.  There are 13 categories and there was one tie this year-so 14 trophies were presented. Parade Co-Chairs were Tonia and Jamie Nantkes, Emcee was Clark Kolterman and Parade Judges were Tim and Tarah Thurber of St. Louis, MO and Maya and Marco Galvan of Garden Grove, CA.

Best of Show-Top Parade Award
Pac N Save Pharmacy of Seward

Chairman’s Award-Judge’s Favorite
Seward Memorial Health Care-“Blast Off for Healthy Kids”

Mayor’s Award-Best Entry Following the Theme-Tie
St. John Lutheran Church Ministries-St. John School/St. John Child Development Center/Church
Crete Carriers

Merv and Mryna Zillig Memorial Award-Best Horse Unit
Seward County Sheriff’s Posse

Florence Keller Memorial Award-Best Business Entry
Seward Fast Mart-Rich and Kate Gokie

Cecil Drew Memorial Award-Best Wagon Drawn Unit
Seward Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade Committee

Dorothea Bek Memorial Award-Best Walking/Marching Unit
Seward High Marching Blue Jays Band-The Pride of Seward High

Mel Bolte Best Musical Entry-Best Live Music
Seward Municipal Band

Willa Koenig Memorial Award-Best Youth Entry
Kozy Kids Day Care-Seward

Mary and Margaret Sweasey Memorial Award-Best Civic Entry
St. Thomas Aquinas of David City-Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assemblies
and Msgr. Mandeville of Seward/York/ Aurora

Jim Orr Memorial Award-Best Patriotic Entry
Seward Cross Makers’ Military Salute

Dessalee Rousselle Memorial Award-People’s Choice Award-Obvious Crowd Favorite
Nebraska National Guard Museum and their hand carved “Fairbury National Guard Tank”

Judge’s Choice-Best of Show
The Homestead National Monument of America at Beatrice, NE

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