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Free Ann Arbor Jaycees Fourth of July Parade

The Ann Arbor Jaycees hosts the 26th annual Fourth of July parade on July 4, 2016 — Monday morning — in downtown Ann Arbor. The parade features floats, walking groups, music and more.   The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the corner of State and William streets. The approximately mile-long route goes north to Liberty, west to Main, then south one block back to William before ending at William and Thompson. The parade line-up starts at 8 a.m., and judging in the children’s bike decorating contest will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Children who want to ride in the parade are encouraged to decorate their bikes with the patriotic theme “Parade of Stars.” A panel of judges will determine the winners. Judging will be done by age group (less than 5 years, 5 to 8 years, and 9 to 12 years.)

The Ann Arbor Jaycees Fourth of July Parade will be held at 10am on Saturday, July 4th. This year’s parade theme is “A Monumental Occasion.” The parade starts on State St at William, proceeds north on State to Liberty, heads west on Liberty to Main, south on Main St to William St, and east on William to end at Thompson.

In 1993, the City of Ann Arbor approached the Jaycees and asked them to take over the planning of the Annual 4th of July Parade, which was just in its third year. The Jaycees accepted the challenge and managed to pull it off with only a few months of organizing. The staging area was at that time located off S. University and E. University. In 1994, the staging area was moved to the Maynard/Thompson area, where it remains today. The parade route encircles the streets of State, Liberty, Main and William. 2012 was the 22nd year of the parade.

July 4 2016


26th Annual 4th of July Parade

“A Monumental Occasion!”

Monday, July 4, 2016 @ 10AM
Downtown Ann Arbor
(State, Liberty, Main, and William St)
Weather Delay Information: Please check this page the day of the Parade for any weather-related information. You may also call 734-531-9626 to hear a recorded message or to speak with someone.

Parade Route Map: The route is approximately 1 mile long and begins at the intersection of State Street and William Street.

Participant Information

Deadline for entries: Wednesday, June 22. Entries beyond this date will not be accepted.

Commercial and political entries are required to pay a $50 entry fee to participate. Participants can either mail a check to the Ann Arbor Jaycees Foundation, 4th of July Parade, P.O. Box 1866, Ann Arbor, MI 48106 or pay via PayPal at

Please contact the Fourth of July Parade Committee at with any questions.

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