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 9:00A. 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. Come early if you want to sit with us, shaded sidewalk fills up FAST!
It's a BIG small-town parade! The parade is an annual event (46th year) and consists of generally 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.
When/Where to find us:
We will be on the West side of Center Street, backing up to the Levitt Pavilion Stage. This is across Center from where we've been in previous years. That's in the shade of the Levitt Pavilion Stage, not on the side where we watch concerts. It's the 200 block of Center, between Abram and South btw.
8:00ish - Drop off chairs/coolers on Center St (to hold our spot)
8:20ish - Coffee Haus for ice coffee and pastries (or other yummy choices)
9:00ish - Watch parade with great friends (our spot is about halfway through parade route)
1:30ish - Lunch at Fuzzy's Tacos (cold beer and great A/C, avoid the parade traffic)
All of these are walking distance from each other! Look at the parade route (http://www.arlington4th.com/route_map.htm)online.
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, Coffee Haus, and Fuzzy's! Coffee Haus is on Mesquite between Abram and South, Fuzzy's Taco is on Abram, four blocks East of the parade.
Event is outdoors and therefore weather-dependant of course!
Coffee Haus has closed and a NEW coffee shop has opened at the same location called Harmony House. Same coffee spot as previous years!
Check us out at the 2010 Parade (http://www.meetup.com/AroundArlington/events/13917237/), 2008 Parade (http://www.meetup.com/AroundArlington/events/7734587/), and 2007 Parade (http://www.meetup.com/AroundArlington/events/5727156/).