Pasco's Grand Old 4th of July Celebration

July 4, 10:00am start


PARADE ROUTE

The 2024 Grand Old 4th parade route map is shown below.  The route will flow clockwise starting at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Sylvester Street. The parade will proceed south on 3rd Ave to Clark Street, turn right on Clark and proceed west to 14th Ave. It will then proceed north on 14th Avenue to Sylvester Street and then east on Sylvester, and will end at the corner of 4th Avenue and Sylvester Street. Those residents who live on the interior of the route will be able to enter and exit at the intersection of N. 5th Ave. and Sylvester St, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SIT IN OR BLOCK THIS INTERSECTION IN ANY WAY.

Parade Route Map

KIDS STREET DANCE

Kids Stree DanceThe Kids Street Dance features a local DJ playing all your favorite music, and students from the Dance Connection leading the fun and excitement. This FREE, family-friendly event is open to kids of all ages and abilities.  The street dance takes place at Memorial Park (on 14th Avenue) in front of the Memorial Aquatic Center from 9:15 am to approximately 10:15 am.  


SPECTATOR ETIQUETTE

Pasco's Grand Old 4th of July Parade is one of our community's longest standing traditions.  We hope to have a larger crowd this year than in years past.  With that in mind, here are some parade etiquette tips to help make the parade, in honor of the creation of our great nation, a fun and enjoyable experience for all.

Observing the US Flag

As the US flag passes your position on the parade route, please observe the following parade etiquette rules:

  • Make sure you are standing.
  • If you are wearing a hat, remove it.
  • Cover your heart with your right hand (military members should give a military salute).
  • Temporarily stop conversations as the flag passes.

There may be many US flags in the parade.  You do not need to salute them all.  If an honor guard is carrying the US flag, or the US flag is presented in a group of flags, stand and salute.

Viewing Space

Many people arrive early to stake out a good place from which to view the parade.  While this is totally acceptable, please remember the spots along the parade route are usually public.  You do not have an absolute right to the space because you set out a chair to occupy an area of sidewalk. Most other spectators will honor the space-saver you set out, but some may not. Just remember, it is not your space until you arrive. So, if you show up and find someone is occupying the spot, take your chair and move on. The first person to arrive is entitled to stay there.

Respecting Other's Property

Remember not to block driveways or store entrances of establishments open for business. Be considerate when finding a parking space. Observe all parking laws and rules. Do not park in a private lot unless you pay or have permission. Do not bother people in private residences who live along the parade route. Stay off their property unless you have permission to be there. Do not ask to use their toilet, or other amenities. 

Be a Good Neighbor

If you are near the front of the crowd, remember those standing behind you.  If possible, do what you can to stay out of their line of vision. Don’t obstruct their view by holding your phone over your head to film the parade.

Be mindful of your neighbors, especially children or the elderly. If you can accommodate, let small children in front so they can see the parade. If you collect trinkets or candy, be generous and share with youngsters behind you that were not lucky enough to get a good spot.

Be friendly and make polite conversation with those next to you in the crowd.

Language

Remember, there are likely families with young children watching the parade, so watch your language.  Do not curse or otherwise behave obnoxiously. 

Litter

Do not litter.  Either take out everything you brought with you OR place in a public trash receptacle.

Pets

If the route will be very crowded, leave your pets at home. If your pet does not do well with crowds or attention from strangers, leave your pet at home.  If it is appropriate to bring a pet, make sure they are always on a lease and under control. Please clean up after your pet if needed.

Stay out of the Street

For the safety of yourself and the people participating in the parade, do not run out into the street during the parade.  Do not run across the street directly in front of the parade procession. 

Alcohol

No alcohol or other illicit substances are allowed.