4thFest Parade

About the 4thFest Parade

The 2021 4thFest parade begins at 12:00 pm on 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

    4thFest Parade

    July 4 at 12:00 pm
    Rain or shine

Public Health Is a Priority

We are working to ensure that 4thFest 2021 is a safe outdoor celebration that aligns with health guidelines. With ample space to spread out, increasing COVID-19 vaccinations in our community, and careful planning, we are excited to provide a way for our community to safely come together in person. Additional details about guidelines will be released closer to events.

Your responsibilities: If you attend 4thFest, follow public health guidelines for mask wearing, keeping a distance between households, washing hands, and adhering to any other current precautions. If you are not feeling well or have had contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks, please stay home.

Parade Route

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

The parade route begins and ends at the LIFEchurch parking lot, travels east on 9th Street and 8th Street, south on 14th Avenue, east on 7th Street, south on 12th Avenue, west on 5th Street, north on 20th Avenue, and west on 8th Street.  

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 LIFEchurch driveway (parade entries line up in this section of 22nd Avenue).

Parade Lineup

  • The parade features entries from Coralville and surrounding communities. The lineup will be available in late June or early July. 

Be in the Parade

  1. Parade Applications
  2. Entrant Information
  3. Animals in the Parade
How to Apply
Minda Hamann
c/o Coralville 4thFest Parade Committee
401 10th Ave.
Coralville, IA 52241
  • Paper forms are available at Coralville City Hall, 1512 7th Street.
  • Parade applications will also be emailed to the previous year's entrants
Deadline Is June 15, 2021
  • Completed applications for all entrants must be received by June 15.
  • Parade slots are filled on a first come, first served basis.
Registered Entrants
  • Like Coralville 4thFest on Facebook for parade tips and information.
  • Registered entrants will be contacted with additional information one week prior to the parade.
  • All entrants must be in the parking area, 2213 2nd Street, prior to 11:00 am.
Parade Awards
Awards will be given in the following categories:
  • Best interpretation of theme
  • Best walking group
  • Most patriotic float
  • Grand Marshal's award


4thFest 2021 celebrates the historic Iowa River Power Building at 1st Avenue and 5th Street along the Iowa River. Tie your parade entry into this theme, or use a theme of your own. Be creative!

A copy of the 2021 theme logo for use with parade floats is available by request. Request logo

If You Have Noise Sensitivity

  • What: An area is designated a "limited noise section" of the route.
  • Where: 5th Street from the fire station west until the end of S.T. Morrison Park.
  • About: To assist those with hearing and sensory needs, entrants should not use sirens or horns in this section of the parade. The area will be marked with signs.
  • Note: While parade organizers make every effort to communicate this information to parade applicants, we can not guarantee any section of the parade will be entirely noise free.

Rain or Shine

The parade is scheduled to be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather that has the potential to impact the public’s safety outdoors, parade organizers and City officials will determine if a delay is necessary.  Both people watching the parade and those in the parade should plan accordingly and exercise their own judgement when deciding to attend or participate.