Only three German-American communities annually celebrate
the contributions of Freiherr Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben in
support of the thirteen colonies that eventually became the United
States of America - New
York, Philadelphia, and Chicago.
It was Benjamin Franklin of Philadelphia who recommended von Steuben's services to General Washington during the American Revolutionary War. At Valley Forge, outside of Philadelphia, von Steuben trained the Revolutionary Army using the Manual of Arms he developed. Although modified over the years, von Steuben's Manual of Arms still closely resembles the drill manual currently used by the United States Army. It has been argued that without von Steuben's services, the United States of America would not have gained their independence.
The 44th German - American Steuben Parade of Philadelphia is scheduled for Saturday, 27 September 2014. Click on the logo below for additional information.
The 57th German - American Steuben Parade of New York is scheduled for Saturday, 20 September 2014. Click on the logo below for additional information.