Dogwood Festival & Parade

May 13th to 16th, 2020
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Festival Details

Dates

Wed, May 13 - Sat, May 16, 2020 

Times

Monday - Friday, 6 PM to 10 PM

Saturday 12 PM to 10 PM

Location

Reeves Park, Phoenixville, PA 19460

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Parade Details​

Date

Sat, May 16, 2020

Time

1:00 PM

Location

Starts at Franklin Ave. & High St.

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Dogwood Festival

May 13 to 16th, 2020
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Today, the Phoenixville Jaycees Foundation continues the rich tradition of the Annual Dogwood Festival, Queen and Parade. With over 100,000 visitors taking part in the annual festival and 13,000 spectators viewing what has become the 2nd largest parade in Chester County.

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FOOD

Enjoy over 45 different food vendors, from funnel cakes to gourmet grilled cheese

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FUN

Kids and Adults will love our active midway filled with games, rides and vendors

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GIVING

The annual festival helps to directly and indirectly support close to 20 non-profits

 

Dogwood Festival History

Established 1943
 

Phoenixville's Annual Dogwood tradition dates back to May 1943, when Retired Army Major General Edward C. Shannon, dedicated a dogwood tree in Reeves Park, as a memorial to the men and woman of the Armed Forces, many of whom had died in active service during World War II.

The First parade welcomed an estimated 7,500 visitors joining Phoenixville’s Mayor, Arthur H. Tompkins, who served as the grand marshal and numerous distinguished guests including, General Shannon and Col. Henry Beeuwkes, who was the first commander of the newly opened Valley Forge General Hospital on the edge of town.

 

The very first Dogwood Queen was 1943 Phoenixville High School graduate Regina Glowacki, who was elected by her fellow students through the sale of War Bonds and War Stamps which netted a total of $8,154.85. 

 

During the parade, floats were very prominent among local organizations. The Rotary Club from Phoenixville had a horse-drawn float with a large Rotary wheel with the edges of the float surrounded by flags of the United Nations. The Junior Red Cross had blood donors riding along on a large float adorned by greens and a large “bottle” of blood with the words “That They May Live”. The Phoenixville High School Band, under the direction of Walter Sample, provided marching music for the soldiers marching from the Valley Forge General Hospital.

 

Today, the Phoenixville Jaycees Foundation continues the rich tradition of the Annual Dogwood Festival, Queen and Parade. With over 100,000 visitors taking part in the annual festival and 13,000 spectators viewing what has become the 2nd largest parade in Chester County.