4thFest Parade

About the 4thFest Parade

The 4thFest parade begins at 10:00 am on July 4. The 4thFest parade is the area's largest Independence Day parade.  The annual parade features marching bands, floats, and loads of excitement!

Contact Us

  1. Minda Hamann

    4thFest Parade Committee Chair

    4thFest Parade

    July 4 at 10:00 am
    Rain or shine

Parade Route

Check out the two-mile 4thFest parade route, which begins at the intersection of 9th Street and 22nd Avenue.

The parade route begins and ends at the McGregor’s parking lot, travels east on 9th Street and 8th Street, south on 14th Avenue, east on 7th Street, south on 12th Avenue, west on 5th Street, north on 20th Avenue, and west on 8th Street.  

Where to Watch

  • Seating along the route is first come, first served. For safety, always stay behind the curb when watching the parade.
  • Seating is not available from the corner of 9th Street and 22nd Avenue north to the GEICO/McGregor's/LIFEchurch driveway (parade entries line up in this section of 22nd Avenue).

Parade Lineup

  • The parade typically includes over 120 entries from Coralville and surrounding communities. The lineup will be available in late June. 2019 parade program (PDF)

If You Have Noise Sensitivity

  • What: An area is designated a "limited noise section" of the route (new for 2019).
  • Where: 5th Street from the fire station west until the end of S.T. Morrison Park.
  • About: To assist those with hearing and sensory needs, entrants should not use sirens or horns in this section of the parade. The area will be marked with signs.
  • Note: While parade organizers make every effort to communicate this information to parade applicants, we can not guarantee any section of the parade will be entirely noise free.

Rain or Shine

The parade is scheduled to be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather that has the potential to impact the public’s safety outdoors, parade organizers and City officials will determine if a delay is necessary.  Both people watching the parade and those in the parade should plan accordingly and exercise their own judgement when deciding to attend or participate.

Be in the Parade

  1. Parade Applications
  2. Entrant Information
  3. Animals in the Parade
Deadline Is June 1
  • Completed applications for all entrants must be received by June 1.
  • Parade slots are filled on a first come, first served basis.
Registered Entrants
  • Like Coralville 4thFest on Facebook for parade tips and information.
  • Registered entrants will be contacted with additional information one week prior to the parade.
  • All entrants must be in the parking area, 2213 2nd Street, prior to 9:00 am.
Parade Awards
Awards will be given in the following categories:
  • Best interpretation of theme
  • Best walking group
  • Most patriotic float
  • Grand Marshal's award


The 2020 parade theme will be announced in spring 2020.

A copy of the 2020 theme logo for use with parade floats is available by request. Request logo

Note: Standard logo usage guidelines apply. The logo may be proportionately enlarged or reduced in size, but must not be skewed, compressed, stretched, warped, or distorted in any way. The logo cannot be altered or modified without authorization from the City of Coralville. 

Parade Dignitaries

Grand Marshals

To be announced in spring 2020.

Parade Marshals

To be announced in spring 2020.