Independence Day Parade

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Annual Independence Day Parade                             

For over 25 years, the City of Tumwater has hosted its Annual Independence Day Parade. The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. on July 4. Individuals and organizations interested in participating in the parade are welcome to contact Tumwater Parks & Recreation at (360) 754-4160 to be added to the mailing list to receive a 2017 parade entry packet when it becomes available.

2017 Parade Entry Packet - available in spring 2017 

Parade Dignitary and Candidate Guidelines pdf-icon-sm

Tumwater Parks and Recreation is also actively seeking vehicles (and their owners) to escort dignitaries in the parade. If you have a convertible and are interested in participating in the parade as an escort driver, please download the 2017 Escort Vehicle application below when it is available or call for more information.

2017 Escort Vehicle Application - available in spring 2017

Timeline: The Independence Day Parade is held annually on July 4.

  • 10:30 a.m.: No vehicle access allowed along the parade route.
  • 10:45 a.m.: Pre-parade activities begin
  • 11:00 a.m.: Parade begins

 Parade Route:

  • Parade starts at the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Lee Street. 
  • Moves south on Capitol Boulevard to Israel Road.
  • Turns west (right) onto Israel Road and continues past City Hall, ending up at Linderson Way / Israel Road Intersection.

Parade Route Map pdf-icon-sm

Road Closures/ Restricted Vehicle Access:

  • From approximately 10:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., vehicular access to and from property along the parade route will be restricted due to street closures.

  • Beginning at approximately 8:30 a.m. on July 4, Linderson Way and West Lee Street will be restricted to emergency access. If you need access to these streets after 8:30 a.m. and prior to 12:30 p.m., please make advance arrangements for your vehicle. Parking your vehicle at an alternate location may be preferred.

If you have questions regarding the parade, staging areas, or street access, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department: (360) 754-4160.

2016 Parade Award Winners:

Grand Marshal's Award: Marine Corps League
Dale O. Johnson Founder's Award: Zonta of Olympia
Music in Motion Grand Sweepstakes Award: Black Hills High School Cheer
Music in Motion Sweepstakes Award: Tumwater High School Cheer
Parade Theme Award: Healing Hearts Ranch
Veteran's Award: Marine Corps League
Floats Grand Sweepstakes Award: Capital Lakefair
Floats Sweepstakes Award: Tumwater Hill Elementary Marimba Bands
Most Impressive Animal - Grand Sweepstakes Award: Healing Hearts Ranch
Most Impressive Animal - Sweepstakes Award: WSU-Thurston County 4-H
Huggable Loveable Pet Award: Healing Hearts Ranch
Comic Award: Thurston County Fair
Bands - Grand Sweepstakes Award: Tumwater Hill Elementary Marimba Bands
Bands - Sweepstakes Award: Tenino Sound Train
Community Award: Intercity Transit
Community Youth Award: Girl Scouts of Western Washington
March/Dance/Drill Grand Sweepstakes Award: Tumwater High School Cheer
March/Dance/Drill Sweepstakes Award: Black Hills High School Cheer
Mounted Drill Grand Sweepstakes Award: American Made Drill Team
Mounted Drill Sweepstakes Award: North Thurston Equestrian Team
Mounted Drill Scooper Grand Sweepstakes Award: Healing Hearts Ranch
Mounted Drill Scooper Sweepstakes Award: American Made Drill Team
Junior Mounted Drill Grand Sweepstakes Award: Tumwater High School Equestrian Team
Trucks/Equipment Grand Sweepstakes Award: Supporters of Bernie Sanders
Trucks/Equipment Sweepstakes Award: Kiwanis Club of Tumwater
Cars Grand Sweepstakes Award: Lyle Hegsted's Horseless Carriage
Emergency Response Unit Award: East Olympia Fire District 6
Classic Cars - 1st Place: 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass
Classic Cars - 2nd Place: 1978 Gremlin (Gary DeTray)

Check out the City's Facebook page for photos of the parade and award winners. facebook

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