Parade

4thFest Parade
About the 4thFest Parade
The 2016 4thFest parade begins at 10:00 am on Monday, July 4. The 4thFest parade is the area's largest Independence Day parade.  The annual parade features marching bands, floats, and loads of excitement!

Contact Us

  1. Minda Hamann
    4thFest Parade Committee Chair
    Email

    2016 4thFest Parade
    Monday, July 4 at 10:00 am

Parade Route

Check out the two-mile 4thFest parade route, which begins at the intersection of 9th Street and 22nd Avenue.

Where to Watch


  • Seating along the route is first come, first served. For safety, always stay behind the curb when watching the parade.
  • Seating is not available from the corner of 9th Street and 22nd Avenue north to the GEICO/McGregor's driveway; parade entries use this section of 22nd Avenue to line up to enter the parade.

Parade Lineup


Theme


The 2016 parade theme celebrates Aisle of Lights, Coralville's annual tradition of lighting luminarias in December.
 

Parade Marshals


The 2016 Parade Marshals are Dave and Roxanne Bahnsen. Since the early 1990s, the Bahnsens have lit up the yard on Valley View Drive with plastic Santa decorations during Coralville's annual Aisle of Lights. The display is locally known as "The Santa House."

Be in the Parade

  1. Entrant Information
  2. Parade Applications
Entrant Parking
  • Park in the Hy-Vee parking lot or a nearby lot; only parade vehicle entries may be in the staging area at GEICO/McGregor’s.
Lineup
  • Be in place by 9:00 am in the GEICO/McGregor’s Parking Lot, 2213 2nd Street. The parade starts promptly at 10:00 am.
  • Know your number in line. Entry numbers are posted around the staging area. Volunteers will be at the entrances.
  • Review the packet sent to registered entrants one week prior to the parade. Download the Parade Entrant Lineup Info Packet (PDF)
During the Parade
  • Put your cell phone away. Cell phone use (including talking, texting, or taking photos/video) is prohibited when driving a vehicle, riding an animal, or cycling in the parade.
  • Watch for children. Be careful when driving the route; kids will want to enter the road.  
  • Keep the pace. Stay directly behind the entry in front of you and leave at least two car lengths
  • Do not stop the parade. Performances must be quick and simple.
  • Walk to the crowd at the curb to hand things out. Do not throw candy into the street. 
  • Never encourage spectators to approach your entry or to enter the street. 
  • Keep it safe. No open flames. All floats must be secure.
  • Do not squirt water at spectators.
  • Bring water to stay hydrated; the parade route is over two miles long.