4th of July Parade

Parade Event Cover Photo (2)

Independence Day in Idaho Falls would not be complete without the Independence Day Parade. Organized and executed by the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, the 4th of July Parade kicks off at 9:00 a.m. Historically, more than 100 floats have participated in the parade. The 2017 4th of July Parade will be held on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

The 2017 Parade Theme: Guardians of Freedom

Registration 

2017 Registration for the 4th of July Parade will open on Saturday, April 1 and close on Thursday, June 1.

REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED.

We need volunteers!

Volunteers are needed to help guide and direct floats the morning of the parade. If you are interested in helping with the parade, please email: programs@idahofallschamber.com, or call (208) 523-1010.

Mandatory Parade Meeting for all entries and volunteers

Tuesday, June 13 at 5 p.m. at Catered Your Way, 2161 E 17th St, Idaho Falls

Costs: 

$50/ Parade Entry 

$50 Fee to Distribute Candy 

$50 Fee to Distribute Flyers/Swag 

Starting April 1, click the button below to register, or download the Parade Registration Form. The form should be delivered to Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, 425 N Capital, Idaho Falls

Parade Route and Parking

The parade route will remain the same this year. It will proceed west on 4th Street from Holmes Avenue, turn south on Boulevard and end at the intersection of Rogers Street and South Boulevard. (See map link above for details.) Drivers are urged to use caution in this area because of the high volume of pedestrians.

  • To better facilitate floats entering the parade staging area and lining up for the parade, please avoid using Holmes Avenue between 1st Street and 9th Street between 6 – 9 a.m.
  • All parking and traffic along the parade route will be restricted.
  • “No parking” will be implemented along the parade route starting at 4 a.m. on July 4. Any vehicle parked on the parade route at 5 a.m. on July 4 will be towed at the owner’s expense.
  • All vehicles parked on 3rd and 4th Streets (east of Holmes Avenue) and vehicles parked on John Adams Parkway (between Holmes and Tiger Avenue) need to be moved off the roadway by July 3 at 2 p.m.
  • All vehicles parked in the School District 91 office parking lot and Civic Auditorium parking lot along John Adams need to move from the area by July 3 at 2 p.m.
  • All motor vehicle traffic will be detoured around the parade route starting at 8 a.m. on July 4. The intersection at 17th Street and Boulevard will be interrupted twice on the 4th – once for the FireKracker 5K Fun Run and again for the parade.

2017 Parade Grand Marshals

In 1967 the Post Register ran a story about the objectives for the Independence Day Parade in Idaho Falls that year. It reads, “The objectives are promoting love and respect for the flag, and that the man in uniform is not the enemy of peace, but the guardian of freedom.” Fifty years later the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce has chosen the theme “Guardians of Freedom” to recognize all of the guardians of freedom in our community, including all of our veterans. The Chamber has selected two to represent all who have served their country to protect our treasured freedoms.

William Keith
Harry Peterlin

Command Sergeant Major William Keith (Retired) served in the United States Army from February 1970 to August 1992, including a year in Vietnam and a year in South Korea. Originally from Virginia, he and his wife moved to Idaho Falls in 2002. Sergeant Major Keith says his feelings about Independence Day can be summarized by a quote from Patrick Henry: “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” He will be joined in the parade by his wife of 47 years, Alda.

Sergeant Matt H. “Harry” Peterlin (Retired) served in the United States Marines November 1947 to November 1951. He spent two years in Japan in the occupation forces. Sergeant Peterlin feels very strongly about celebrating Independence Day. “This is a great nation, and it’s a great flag we’re flying,” Peterlin says. He will be joined in the parade by his wife of 64 years, Myla. They moved to Idaho Falls in 1955 and have been here ever since.