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 parade entry packet or download the current year packet below.

2018 Parade Entry Packet PDF file

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.

2018 Escort Vehicle Application PDF file

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.

2017 Parade Award Winners:

Grand Marshal's Award: Healing Hearts Ranch
Dale O. Johnson Founder's Award: Scribbles and Giggles Learning Center
Community Award: Olympia Toy Run
Community Youth Award: WSU Thurston County 4-H
Music in Motion Grand Sweepstakes Award: Tumwater High School Cheer
Music in Motion Sweepstakes Award: Capital Lakefair
Veteran's Award: Capitol Battalion Naval Sea Cadets
Floats Grand Sweepstakes Award: Capital Lakefair
Floats Sweepstakes Award: Huntting's Pumpkin Patch
March/Dance/Drill Grand Sweepstakes Award: Tumwater High School Cheer
March/Dance/Drill Sweepstakes Award: South Bay Dance Company
Most Impressive Animal - Grand Sweepstakes Award: WSU Thurston County 4-H
Most Impressive Animal - Sweepstakes Award: Scribbles and Giggles Learning Center
Huggable Loveable Pet Award: Hanson Hill Goldendoodles
Comic Award: L-Bow the Clown
Bands - Grand Sweepstakes Award: Tenino Sound Train
Bands - Sweepstakes Award: New Beginnings Bible Fellowship
Mounted Drill Grand Sweepstakes Award: American Made Drill Team
Mounted Drill Sweepstakes Award: Tumwater High School 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: Midnight Riders 4-H Club
Trucks/Equipment Grand Sweepstakes Award: Sharp Engine Company #1
Trucks/Equipment Sweepstakes Award: Rutledge Corn Maze
Cars Grand Sweepstakes Award: Cap Caputo's 1932 Dusenberg Replica
Emergency Response Unit Award: Tumwater Fire Engine #51
Classic Cars - 1st Place: 1967 Ford Econoline Pick-up (Don and Mickee Lawrence)
Classic Cars - 2nd Place: 1941 Ford Super Delux (Jay Wallace)

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

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