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Independence Day Activities

All Activities will take place on Saturday, July 4, 2016. 


Parking Information for the Parade

Parade Spectator Guidelines

In the interest of public safety and fairness, the Independence Day Activities Committee is requesting that parade spectators refrain from obstructing or attempting to reserve any public right of way area (e.g. sidewalks, curb areas, medians) by placing chairs, blankets, tape, rope, tents, or any other item along the parade route before 7:00 PM the night before the July 4th parade.  NO items may be placed on median strips until 7:00 AM on the morning of the parade.  In addition, the placement of large and over-sized items that could potentially obstruct the view of other parade spectators is strongly discouraged.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


Parade Route
Please check the Parade Route for information on where to see the parade.  The Parade begins at 10:00 AM, on July 4th, 2016.


Guidelines for Parade Entries
Participants in the parade are asked to abide by the Guidelines for Parade Entries.

Parade Application
Application deadline for 2016 Parade was March 4, 2016.  Please completely fill out, sign, and return your application prior to the deadline.  Parade Application


Parade Line Up
Parade participants can check with the person(s) that signed the Parade Application for directions/instructions on where to meet on the day of the Parade.  (Parade line up information will be sent to applicants on or before June 17, 2016.)                      


Independence Day Activities Committee
The Independence Day Activities Committee meets throughout the year to advise and make recommendations regarding Independence Day events.  This committee operates under the established Committee Guidelines

Ice Cream Social

The annual city-wide Ice Cream Social will take place on the Civic Plaza immediately following the parade. There will be a flag raising ceremony and other entertainment.


Family Fest

Family Fest is in full swing at Mitchell Park from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.  This annual pre-fireworks event features family-oriented games and activities, huge bouncing inflatables, free face painting, stilt walkers,  a variety of food, and entertainment.  Special features on the Children’s Stage include “Glen Gerard "Magic Productions” and “The Truly Remarkable Loon- A Comedy Juggling Show”.  “Our House” Band will be back with great entertainment on the Pavilion main stage.  Come on out to the park earlier and find parking, have a picnic, enjoy the activities and entertainment, and stay for the fireworks extravaganza.  THERE IS NO RAIN DATE FOR FAMILY FEST.


The annual fireworks display will begin at approximately 9:17 PM on July 4, 2016 at Mitchell Park.  Arriving early for the best parking opportunities is strongly encouraged.  The rain date is Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 at 9:17 PM.  Please call the Newsline for updates in the case of weather issues, (414) 297-9565 or check the city website under "News and Announcements".