Announcing 2023 Greek Independence Day Celebrations

2023 Flag Raising, Philadelphia City Hall
2023 Eleftheria Medal and Dignitaries Dinner
Philadelphia Greek Independence Parade
Greek Presidential Guard

The Federation of Hellenic American Societies of Philadelphia and the Greater Delaware Valley announces its 2023 Greek Independence Celebrations.

Friday, March 31, 2023, at 2:00 pm, the weekend celebrations will begin with the flag-raising ceremony at the North Apron of City Hall, Philadelphia, PA. The City of Philadelphia will present the Proclamation to commemorate the 202″ Anniversary of Greek Independence. The elite military unit of Greece, the “Evzones” (Presidential Guards), whose duties include guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Presidential Mansion, will be here. Their unique marching cadence and uniforms will bring a powerful display to the ceremony and during the Parade on the historic Parkway. The grandeur of the Evzones commands a great sense of pride for Greeks and guests.

We are proud to announce the 2023 Eleftheria Medal Recipient, Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic to the United States of America, Her Excellency Alexandra Papadopoulou. The Eleftheria Medal will be presented to Her Excellency on Saturday, April 1, 2023, at the Eleftheria Medal and Dignitaries Dinner beginning at 5:00 pm at the Adelphia, 1750 Clements Bridge Road, Deptford, NJ.

It is with a great sense of pride to announce the 2023 Grand Marshal of the Greek Independence Parade, Ambassador of the United States to the Hellenic Republic, His Excellency George J. Tsunis. The Federation of Hellenic American Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley will present the 202nd Anniversary of Greek Independence with its Annual Greek Independence Day Parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Sunday, April 2, 2023. The formation will start at 1:00 PM at 22″4 Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and the official start of the parade will be 2:00 PM. It will end at the reviewing stand at 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Participation for this historic event includes local, national, and international organizations. This includes His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, representatives from the Republic of Hellas (Greece) and the Republic of Cyprus government and military, national, statewide, and local governments, folk dance troupes, local Greek Orthodox churches, cultural and educational organizations.

Following the parade procession that will conclude at 18″ and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a Post Parade reception (free admission) will be held at the Sheraton Liberty Ballroom, 201 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA, where local traditional Greek folk dance groups will perform, music and light fare will be provided. This event will officially close the parade commemorating the historic day.