Independence Day Parade

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Annual Independence Day Parade         

2019 Parade Award Winners:

Dale O. Johnson Founder's Award: New Beginnings Bible Fellowship
Parade Theme Award: Tumwater High School Cheer
Community Award: Town of Bucoda: Boo-Coda Spook-tacular
Community Youth Award: Black Hills High School Wolves Football
Music in Motion Award: Black Hills High School Cheer Team
Veteran's Award: Willy's Jeep
Floats Grand Sweepstakes Award: Capital Lakefair
Floats Sweepstakes Award: Black Hills High School Wolves Football
March/Dance/Drill Grand Sweepstakes Award: Black Hills High School Cheer Team
March/Dance/Drill Sweepstakes Award: Fusion Competitive Cheerleading
Most Impressive Animal - Grand Sweepstakes Award: Thurston County Fair
Most Impressive Animal - Sweepstakes Award: Dan Maher Mini Horse & Cart
Huggable Loveable Pet Award: Thurston County Fair
Comic Award: Town of Bucoda: Boo-Coda Spook-tacular
Bands - Grand Sweepstakes Award: Elma High School Marching Band
Mounted Drill Grand Sweepstakes Award: American Made Drill Team
Mounted Drill Sweepstakes Award: Tumwater High School Equestrian Team
Mounted Drill Scooper Award: Thurston County Fair
Junior Mounted Drill Grand Sweepstakes Award: Midnight Riders 4-H Club
Trucks/Equipment Grand Sweepstakes Award: East Olympia Fire District 6
Trucks/Equipment Sweepstakes Award: Tumwater Fire Department 
Cars Grand Sweepstakes Award: Olympia Model "A" Club
Emergency Response Unit Award: Tumwater Police Dept K-9 Unit
Classic Cars - 1st Place: 1955 Chevy Bel-Aire
Classic Cars - 2nd Place: 1972 Chevy C-10 Pick-up

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 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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