4th of July Parade & Celebration

Every July 4th, starting promptly at 10am and going until about 12-noon, the University Park neighborhood celebrates the 4th of July at Observatory Park.  Festivities include a parade featuring home-spun-decorated-non-motorized- floats, music provided by the VFW Band, a volunteer run booth with refreshments for purchase (all proceeds are donated), a UPCC booth where you can pay dues and sign up to volunteer and the ever-popular fire truck!  We hope to see you there!

What:  4th of July Parade and Celebration
When:  July 4  from  10 am – noon
Where:  E Warren Avenue between S Fillmore and S Milwaukee Streets

Schedule of Events (times are approximate)

  • 10:00am – National Anthem by the VFW Post Band
  • 10:10am – Little Tykes Parade (4 and under, bikes/trikes allowed)
  • 10:20am – Young Children’s Parade (ages 5-9, no bikes; non-motorized floats only)
  • 10:35am – Older Children’s Parade (ages 10 and up, no bikes; non-motorized floats only)

Parade Float Rules (Parade Float Rules will be strictly enforced. )

For children older than 4, no bikes, scooters, skateboards are allowed.  Only “floats”, either decorated or non-decorated.  The rules for floats are as follows:
  • Wagon-size frame recommended; you can use anything you have or make your own frame.
  • Decorate to your comfort level. Being green and using recycled items suggested.
  • Patriotic wear is encouraged!  Show your pride in the red, white and blue / stars and stripes!
  • It is not necessary to have a float to walk in the parade.
  • Kids/Families must be able to walk the parade route (one block back and forth).
  • ONLY children age 4 and under may ride bikes/striders/trikes, and only in the Little Tykes heat.
  • Well-behaved pets may walk with their owners (or ride on a float), but must be leashed or caged.
The NO BIKE rule for ages 5 and up will be strictly enforced.  Same for NO SKATEBOARDS, NO SCOOTERS and NO RIDING OF ANY KIND.  This is for the safety of all participants.

Can you help with this event? Email: events@upcc.us

Photos from the Past Parades: