There are only three German-American communities that annually celebrate
the contributions of Freiherr Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben - 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, which closely resembles the current drill manual used by the United States Army. It's been argued that without von Steuben's services, the United States of America would likely not have gained their independence.
The 43rd German - American Steuben Parade of Philadelphia is scheduled for Saturday, 28 September 2013. Click on the logo below for additional information.
The 56th German - American Steuben Parade of New York is scheduled for Saturday, 21 September 2013. Click on the logo below for additional information.