Red, White and Blue Broken Glass Jello

Today we are going on a Field Trip to the 64th Annual Flag Day Parade which will be held on June 14th in Appleton WI. The parade will be a tribute to the US Marines and will honor the many faces of Freedom. Celebrate America with bands, floats, and other displays at the nations oldest Flag Day Parade! Bring these festive Red, White and Blue Broken Glass Jello squares to your Flag Day party or any party that has a red, white and blue theme.

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Flag Day Parade

Honoring Flag Day since 1950, Appleton’s parade is recognized as the nations oldest Flag Day Parade. It has evolved into a huge event drawing upwards of 60,000 spectators from all over. They come to honor the flag and to thank veterans for their service. To see boy and girl scouts marching, bands playing patriotic music, floats displaying flag themes and to spend time with family and friends.

Rain or Shine

The Flag Day Parade has between 100 to 150 units, which makes it one of the longest Flag Day Parades too, lasting about 2 1/2 hours. The Appleton Flag Day Parade has achieved the honor of being recognized as the oldest Flag Day Parade in the Nation. Every year on Flag Day, rain or shine, the parade takes place. Oddly enough, I don’t ever remember it raining during the flag day parade…and I’ve been to quite a few in my lifetime.


Family Traditions

I remember going to the Flag Day Parade when I was growing up. Every year I went to the parade with my mom, grandma, my younger sister and brother. My older sisters were usually marching in the parade, members of the Appleton West High School Marching Band. Aggie insisted that we all play a musical instrument, whether we were good at it or not. Personally, I think she enjoyed cheering, clapping and yelling out her kids name as they marched on by.

Early Saturday Morning

Early Saturday morning, around 8 am, on the day of the parade, me, my brother and sister would grab our lawn chairs and blankets and walk the 5 blocks to State Street where we would “set up” our spot. We would then walk back home and wait for the time to come, to walk back to our “parade spot” with our cooler full of lemonade and beer, (the beer was for Aggie and Grandma) our bags of potato chips, popcorn and candy, we would wait, impatiently, for the parade to begin.

Wait for the Parade to Begin

We sat and waved our little hand held flags. After what seemed like forever, we could hear the sound of the drums in the distance, see the line of flags waving, as the parade came down the street. We listened for the sirens from the firetrucks. The loud boom, that made babies cry and old people cover their ears. You could literally feel the fun and excitement in the air..After all, today was the Flag Day Parade!

64 years Strong

If you were lucky enough to live on the parade route, which hasn’t changed much since the parade first started 64 years ago, you held Flag Day parties and backyard barbecue’s. Many families have their family reunions on Flag Day. Over the years, I have been invited to many a Flag Day Party on State Street. It’s the only day of the year, that you can (legally) consume alcoholic beverages on the streets of Appleton, WI. When I worked at the Mole Hole located in the Avenue Mall, we would take turns taking the escalator down to the main floor to stand outside and watch the parade go by.

Tradition Continues

My daughter has marched in the Flag Day Parade, a member herself of the Appleton West High School Marching Band and Captain of the Flag/Color Guard. I followed in my Aggie’s footsteps and I too cheered, clapped and yelled out her name when she marched on by:) Now, I take my grandchildren to the Flag Day parade…and the tradition continues….

red, white and blue
red, white and blue
red, white and blue

Make these fun squares

To make these festive squares, we used red (strawberry) jell-o and blue (berry blue) jell-o in this recipe. These festive looking, great tasting jell-o treats will disappeared fast! They are a little putzy to make but are well worth it! You can change the flavors of jell-o, therefore changing the colors
to suit any occasion or party your having. I can’t wait for football season, so I can make these festive treats in Green and Gold!

Delicious and Festive in Any Color!!

You could make these fun treats in your favorite school colors too. Great idea for graduation parties or any school function. The color combination possibilities are endless. They will be a huge hit in any color. Try red and green for Christmas, orange and purple for Halloween and even yellow and purple for Easter. Wedding colors for showers and  you could even use these cute squares for baby showers or gender reveal party.

red, white and blue
red, white and blue
red, white and blue

Red White and Blue Broken Glass Jello

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  • 5 1/2 cups boiling water, divided
  • 2 3 oz packages strawberry flavored jello gelatin
  • 2 3 oz packages berry blue flavored jello gelatin
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • Broken Glass Jello
  • 5 1/2 cups boiling water, divided
  • 1 3 oz packages strawberry flavored jello gelatin
  • 1 3 oz packages lime flavored jello gelatin
  • 1 3 oz packages orange flavored jello gelatin
  • 1 3 oz packages lemon flavored jello gelatin or any flavor combination of your choice
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 14 oz cans sweetened condensed milk


  • Add 1 cup boiling water to each fruit flavor gelatin. Mix well, pour into separate small shallow food storage containers sprayed with cooking spray. Refrigerate 2 or more hours or until firm.
  • Sprinkle unflavored gelatin over cold water. Let stand 1 minute. Stir in remaining boiling water. Add sweetened condensed milk; mix well. Cool slightly.
  • Cut flavored gelatin into cubes. Randomly place cubes in a 13 x 9 inch dish sprayed with cooking spray. Pour milk mixture over gelatin cubes. Skim off bubbles if desired for smoother look. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.
  • Cut into squares.
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red, white and blue

Looking for more Red, White and Blue Recipes???  Try these…Red, White and Blue ParfitsRed, White and Blue Cupcakes and Red, White and Blue Salad.