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July 4th Red, White & Blue Parade (Arlington)

Everyone loves a parade! Wear your Red, White & Blue and join us in downtown Arlington for the annual Arlington 4th of July Parade which starts at 9 AM. We've done this for several years and it's great fun for kids and adults. Dogs on leashes welcome too! Bring your stadium chair, cold water, a hat, camera, and sunscreen. Rolling coolers are good too. Come early if you want to sit with us, shaded sidewalk fills up FAST!

PARADE INFO
It's a BIG small-town parade! The parade is an annual event (48th year) and consists of about 150 entries. The number of spectators over the years has ranged up to 70,000. Parade entries include local marching bands to exotic automobiles, military color guards to clowns, and dignitaries to unique presentations. Of course, the parade has a distinguished assortment of floats. Some floats are professionally built, but many are the proud results of individual ingenuity by local organizations and businesses.

FIND US
We will be on the EAST side of Center Street, facing the back of the Levitt Pavilion Stage so we can get some shade. It's the 200 block of Center, between Abram and South. This is near the Compass Bank ATM driveway.
8:15-ish - Use chairs/coolers on Center St to hold our spot 
9:00-ish - Watch parade with great friends (parade starts at 9, our spot is about halfway through parade route)
1:30-ish - Optional Lunch at Freebirds World Burrito @300 East Abram St (cold drinks and great A/C, avoid the parade traffic). Freebirds is walking distance from the parade. www.Freebirds.com.

PARADE ROUTE
Check out the parade route online.

DRIVING & PARKING
Several roads will be closed for the parade. Also, several are one-way, SO PLAN AHEAD for getting there on time and finding the group! Try parking at the church just South of Levitt or in the lots on the North side of Abram so you're close to the parade and Freebirds (next to Twisted Root)! It's is on Abram, two blocks East of the parade.

WEATHER
Event is outdoors and therefore weather-dependant of course! It's JULY so that could mean RAIN or extreme HEAT issues. BTW, they've never cancelled the parade due to weather - but we might not be up to it as a Meetup if it's too extreme.

WEB
Parade website:
www.Arlington4th.org

PREVIOUS PARADE PIX
Check us out at the 2012 Parade, 2011 Parade2010 Parade, 2008 Parade, and 2007 Parade. (Yeah, we missed the 2009 parade.)

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  • Ada

    I actually rode in the water trailer behind the Lamar band, refilling water bottles and waving at the crowds along the way - hard work, I know! I was trying to look out for you guys but forgot where y'all where going to be. It was a lot of fun, and wasn't the weather just perfect?!

    1 · July 4, 2013

    • Dawn

      we looked for you but didnt see you in the trailer! hope ya'll had fun!

      July 6, 2013

  • Alex C.

    I sat in the street next to the drive way. We (and my nephew) were on the second row of people. Great spot. Saw people I knew in the parade.

    1 · July 5, 2013

    • Dawn

      Hey Alex, thanks for checking in. Nice to meet you and your nephew!

      July 6, 2013

  • Donna

    Fun..Fun..Fun .Parade!

    July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great spot! Great fun! Thank you!

    July 4, 2013

  • John S.

    I liked the parade, it was really nice :-)

    July 4, 2013

  • brenda s

    I wanna see you all tonight, waiting for hubby to get home. I was a double shift last night so go up late

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am in the driveway if the drive through anyone else here?

    July 4, 2013

    • John S.

      Hey Dawn, sorry I got here late :-( walking up n down W. Abram ST. / S. Center - S. Oak / haven't found no one yet / call me @[masked] / looking foreword 2 finding U guys :-)

      July 4, 2013

    • Dawn

      Sorry John, didn't see ur msg til now. We ate at Compass driveway as planned.

      July 4, 2013

  • terry

    Couldn't sleep. :(. Too tired. Have fun.

    July 4, 2013

  • Brian

    I might see you at Freebirds, tho.

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Freebirds is double stamps tomorrow!

    July 3, 2013

  • Dawn

    I'll have my ORANGE chair and my RED MEETUP BAG and will be seated somewhere in the SHADE near the Compass ATM Driveway as posted in the event description. See you Thursday morning!

    July 3, 2013

  • Kathy C.

    Is it ok to bring my child?

    July 1, 2013

    • Dawn

      yes, definitely a family-friendly event!

      July 3, 2013

  • Kathy C.

    I've never seen a 4th of July parade, looking forward to it. Also looking forward to meeting new friends.

    July 2, 2013

  • John S.

    Just got in last night :-) Got my new apartment today :-) I'd luv 2 see a parade :-)

    July 2, 2013

  • Ada

    I will be there but will be helping out with my son's high school band. Lamar High School will be the first band in the line-up this year so make sure you cheer extra loud for them! Go Vikings!

    1 · July 1, 2013

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