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National Independence Day Festival and Parade records

National Independence Day Festival and Parade records

Dates: 1981-1994

Collections include financial records, publicity materials, photographs, letters, programs, planning materials, certificates, awards, and related ephemera of the National Independence Day Festival and Parade.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.). -- 4 cartons (4 linear ft.)
  • Creator: National Independence Day Festival and Parade
  • Call Number: MSS 6874
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from The National Independence Day Festival and Parade records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 6874; National Independence Day Festival and Parade records; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6874, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Acquisition Information
Donated; 2009.
Subject Terms
National Independence Day Festival and Parade--History--Sources; Clubs and Societies; Parades--Washington (D.C.)--History--Sources; Social Life and Customs
Genre / Form
Financial records; Photographs; Printed ephemera; Programs; Souvenirs (Keepsakes)
Processing Information
Processed; Nicholas Walker, Student manuscript processor; 2009.
Appraisal Information
Ethnic and minority history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.IV, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
National Independence Day Festival and Parade records
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Nicholas Walker, student manuscript processor, John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-03-19T14:51-0600
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Biographical Info:

Administrative History

Charles W. Ferguson founded the National Independence Day Festival and Parade and served as its executive director. Mr. Ferguson registered the NIDFP as a non-profit organization, and received financial support for the celebration from industrial heads in the Washington D.C. area. After receiving permission from the National Park Service to hold the parade along Constitution Avenue, the first National Independence Day Parade was held July 4, 1981. The parade consisted of various entities: high school marching bands, military bands, theatrical and other musical groups, foreign performing groups, national and international honoraries, and even Miss America and Miss Universe. Jerry D. Harvey, of Bountiful, Utah, served as the initial International Director of the parade from 1981 to 1983. His duties consisted of finding national and international performing groups for the NIDFP. After 1983, this position was passed on to Kenneth C. Madsen. Sandra Meadows was an important facet of the organization, annually arranging the airline travel for most of the participating groups, VIP guests, and other parade committee members. The parade committee of the NIDFP was comprised of parade judges, secretaries, clerks, technical support, travel agents, tour guides, etc. The last NIDFP parade was held on July 4, 1993. The organization could not meet the financial demands required to continue its activities. Fears of terrorism stemming from the Persian Gulf War and Desert Storm led to bands and other performing groups dropping out of the parade and festival, decline in tourism and airline travel, and the ultimate termination of the NIDFP and its participation in 4th of July festivities. Another factor leading to the organization's demise was the increase of fees imposed by the National Park Service to hold the parade.

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John Murphy
Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts