Going to the Parade
Whether you want to watch the parade with your family, volunteer to assist, or be in the parade itself, you’re invited to participate.
O’Fallon’s Independence Day parade is one of the largest and most colorful in the area. The parade draws a crowd of thousands proudly dressed in red, white and blue, and cheering for the patriotic parade entries vying for cash prizes and trophies.
O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade officially kicks off the City’s Independence Day celebration at 9:30 a.m. on July 4th. The parade route starts at the corner of Main Street and Civic Park Drive, continuing north on Main Street to Tom Ginnever Avenue, where it turns east, ending at T.R. Hughes Boulevard near the entrance to the festival grounds. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to avoid traffic closures and find a spot along the route.
When is the parade being held?
The parade will be July 4 at 9:30 a.m. Depending on where you view it from, the parade typically lasts 2 to 2½ hours.
What happen if it rains?
The parade is held rain or shine.
What is the route of the parade?
The 2.1-mile parade route begins at Main Street and Civic Park Drive, travels north on Main Street, turns east on Tom Ginnever Ave. and ends at T.R. Hughes Blvd.
How early do I need to arrive to get a good view?
Some spectators begin arriving around 7:30 – 8 a.m.
Who hosts the parade?
The parade is coordinated by the City of O'Fallon with great assistance from many volunteers.
Is the parade going to be on TV?
Yes, the parade is aired on the City's government access cable channel, O'FallonTV, which may be found on Charter Cable channel 991 and U-verse channel 99.
Can I bring my dog to the parade?
No. Due to the large crowds and extreme weather, pets are prohibited unless they are service animals.
Are there going to be fireworks at the parade?
No, but there will be a spectacular fireworks display on the Festival Grounds on July 3 at 10:15 p.m. and July 4 at 9:30 p.m.
How do I get involved?
Participating in the Parade
June 20 – Mandatory parade lineup meeting in the Multi-Purpose Room of City Hall at 6:30 p.m. Only one person from each entry is required to attend, though it is helpful for the float driver to attend as well.
July 4 – Check in begins at 7 a.m. Must be in place by 8:30 a.m. Mayor's Choice Judging 8:15–8:45 a.m. Parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m.
Road Closures on July 4
7 a.m. – Civic Park Dr. from Woodlawn Ave. to Main St., includes access to City Hall from Main St.
8:30 a.m. – Main St. from Elm St. to Tom Ginnever Ave., all access to Main St. (May vary by traffic flow and set up)
9 a.m. – Tom Ginnever Ave. from Main St. to T.R. Hughes Blvd., all access to Tom Ginnever Ave. (May vary by traffic flow and set up)
After the Parade – Due to construction on Wabash Street and East Terra Lane, parade participants will need to take a different route to return to City Hall: From Tom Ginnever Ave., turn right on Cool Spring Road, then left onto T.R. Hughes Boulevard. Follow T.R. Hughes over I-70. Turn right on Veterans Memorial Parkway, then right on Sonderen Street. Follow Sonderen over I-70 and into the back parking lot of City Hall.
How to Build A Parade Float
The links below will help your group get started building an award-winning parade float.
Supplies and Ideas
Where can I get a parade application?
When available, applications can be found online (at the top of this page) or in-person at the Parks and Recreation Department, Renaud Spirit Center or City Hall. Call 636-379-5614 to have an application mailed to you.
What is the deadline for submitting an application?
Sorry, the 2018 parade is no longer taking participants. Look for the 2019 Parade application in March/April 2019.
Are there published rules for parade entries?
Yes, rules for the parade are part of the application.
Can I still get in the parade this year if I missed the deadline?
Unfortunately, not for 2018. Please visit this website next Spring for a 2019 Parade application.
When and where are parade meetings held?
The mandatory parade lineup meeting will be held in the Multi-purpose Room of City Hall on June 20 at 6:30 p.m. Only one person from each entry is require to attend, though it is helpful for the float driver to attend as well.
Where will my entry be in the parade?
The parade lineup will be decided by the Parade Team, you will receive your lineup assignment at the mandatory meeting on June 20.
I am a participant in the parade. Can I park my car in the parade lineup area?
No. Depending on which section you are assigned to, you will receive a parking option. These will be discussed at the mandatory meeting on June 20 and disclosed in your information packet.
Where can I drop off people who will be participating in the parade?
This depends on your lineup location. Section 1 entries can drop off parade participants at the parking lot located near the railroad tracks at the intersection of Sonderen and Wabash streets. Section 2 through Section 4 participants may drop-off participants at the lot behind McGurks – located at Main and Elm streets.
Can my dog walk in the parade with my entry?
No, unless the dog is a service animal. The pavement gets very hot during the 2.1-mile parade route and may burn the pads of a dog's feet.
I have questions regarding my application, who do I contact?