Independence Day Parade

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2018 Parade Award Winners:

Grand Marshal's Award: Army of Columbia Fife & Drum
Dale O. Johnson Founder's Award: Old Brewhouse Foundation
Parade Theme Award: Healing Hearts Ranch & Heartstrides
Community Award: Thurston County Fair
Community Youth Award: Scribbles and Giggles Learning Center
Music in Motion Grand Sweepstakes Award: BHHS Cheer Team
Music in Motion Sweepstakes Award: South Bay Dance Company
Veteran's Award: Olympia Detachment Marine Corps League
Floats Grand Sweepstakes Award: Scribbles and Giggles Learning Center
Floats Sweepstakes Award: Old Brewhouse Foundation
March/Dance/Drill Grand Sweepstakes Award: Tumwater High School Cheer
March/Dance/Drill Sweepstakes Award: BHHS Cheer Team
Most Impressive Animal - Grand Sweepstakes Award: Grays Harbor Mounted Posse
Most Impressive Animal - Sweepstakes Award: Tumwater High School Equestrian Team
Huggable Loveable Pet Award: Dana Maher Mini Horse & Cart
Comic Award: Thurston County Fair
Bands - Grand Sweepstakes Award: Tenino Sound Train
Bands - Sweepstakes Award: Elma High School Marching Band
Mounted Drill Grand Sweepstakes Award: Tumwater High School Equestrian Team
Mounted Drill Sweepstakes Award: American Made Drill Team
Mounted Drill Scooper Grand Sweepstakes Award: Healing Hearts Ranch & Heartstrides
Mounted Drill Scooper Sweepstakes Award: Midnight Riders 4-H Club
Junior Mounted Drill Grand Sweepstakes Award: Midnight Riders 4-H Club
Trucks/Equipment Grand Sweepstakes Award: Sharp Engine Company #1
Trucks/Equipment Sweepstakes Award: Olympic Flight Museum
Cars Grand Sweepstakes Award: Corvettes de Olympia
Emergency Response Unit Award: South Bay Fire Department
Classic Cars - 1st Place: 1953 Ford F100
Classic Cars - 2nd Place: 1936 Ford 68

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 parade entry packet or download the current year packet below.

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.

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.

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

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