Parade

4thFest Parade

About the 4thFest Parade

The 2022 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 
    Email


    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 corner of 22nd Avenue and 9th Street. It 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 on 22nd Avenue (parade entries line up on 22nd Avenue).

Parade Lineup


  • The parade features entries from Coralville and surrounding communities. The lineup will be available in late June or early July. 

Be in the Parade

  1. Parade Applications
  2. Entrant Information
  3. Animals in the Parade
How to Apply
Minda Hamann
c/o Coralville 4thFest Parade Committee
401 10th Ave.
Coralville, IA 52241
mhamann@westbankstrong.com
  • Paper forms are available at Coralville City Hall, 1512 7th Street.
  • Parade applications will also be emailed to the previous year's entrants
Deadline Is June 1, 2022
  • 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.
  • On the day of the parade, all entrants must be in the parking area prior to 9:00 am. Location and details provided one week prior to the parade.
Parade Awards
Awards will be given in the following categories:
  • Best interpretation of theme
  • Best walking group
  • Most patriotic float
  • Grand Marshal's award

Theme


4thFest 2022 celebrates the historic "Coralville Strip" on Highway 6. Tie your parade entry into this theme, or use a theme of your own. Be creative!

About the theme: Sometime after 1950, the stretch of U.S. Highway 6 through Coralville became known as "The Strip." It developed into a major thoroughfare for travelers as automobile travel and tourism increased, and became well-populated with motels, restaurants, service stations, and businesses. "The Strip" had a considerable impact on Coralville's growth, and remains an important part of Coralville today.

About the logo: With mid-century style graphics, the logo is a nod to the early years of The Strip. The sign mimics the sign of the Carousel Inn and Restaurant -- which was previously another local landmark, Loghry's Drive-In and Cafe -- at the corner of 1st Avenue and Highway 6. The Strip was known for the mixture of business signs that popped up along Highway 6 against a backdrop of utility poles along the roadway.

A copy of the 2022 theme logo for use with parade floats is available by request. Request logo

*Standard logo usage guidelines apply: the logo may be proportionately enlarged or reduced in size, but cannot be distorted, compressed, or stretched. Do not alter or modify without authorization from the City of Coralville.
The Coralville Strip on Highway 6. Coralville, IA. Celebrating 149 years of history in 2022

If You Have Noise Sensitivity


  • What: An area is designated a "limited noise section" of the route.
  • 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.