Going to the Parade
Whether you want to watch the parade with your family, volunteer to assist, or be in the parade itself, you’re invited to participate.
O’Fallon’s Independence Day parade is one of the largest and most colorful in the area. The parade draws a crowd of thousands proudly dressed in red, white and blue, and cheering for the patriotic parade entries vying for cash prizes and trophies.
O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade officially kicks off the City’s Independence Day celebration at 9:30 a.m. on July 4th. The parade route starts at the corner of Main and Third Streets, continuing north on Main Street to Tom Ginnever Avenue , where it turns east, ending at T.R. Hughes Boulevard near the entrance to the festival grounds. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to avoid traffic closures and find a spot along the route.
When is the parade being held?
What happen if it rains?
What is the route of the parade?
How early do I need to arrive to get a good view?
Who hosts the parade?
Is the parade going to be on TV?
Can I bring my dog to the parade?
Are there going to be fireworks at the parade?
How do I get involved?
Participating in the Parade
Download the Parade Application, including Rules & Guidelines, to get started.
June 17 – Mandatory parade lineup meeting in the Multi-Purpose Room of City Hall at 6:30 p.m. Only one person from each entry is required to attend, though it is helpful for the float driver to attend as well.
July 4 – Check in begins at 7 a.m. Must be in place by 8:30 a.m. Mayor's Choice Judging 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. Parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m.
Road Closures on July 4
7 a.m. – Civic Park Dr. from Woodlawn Ave. to Main St., includes access to City Hall from Main St.
8 a.m. – Main St. from Elm St. to Tom Ginnever Ave., all access to Main St. (May vary by traffic flow and set up)
8:30 a.m. – Tom Ginnever Ave. from Main St. to T.R. Hughes Blvd., all access to Tom Ginnever Ave. (May vary by traffic flow and set up)
How to Build A Parade Float
The links below will help your group get started building an award-winning parade float.
- City of O'Fallon's Float Building Guide (PDF)
- Victory Corps' Parade Float Planning
- Valley Decorating: How to build a parade float!
- Valley Decorating: Parade float ideas
Supplies and Ideas
Where can I get a parade application?
What is the deadline for submitting an application?
Are there published rules for parade entries?
Can I still get in the parade this year if I missed the deadline?
When and where are parade meetings held?
Where will my entry be in the parade?
I am a participant in the parade. Can I park my car in the parade lineup area?
Where can I drop off people who will be participating in the parade?
Can my dog walk in the parade with my entry?
No, unless the dog is a service animal. The pavement gets very hot during the 2.1-mile parade route and may burn the pads of a dog's feet.