4th of July Family Parade and Picnic

Fun Run/Walk

FUN RUN/WALK BEGINS at 8 a.m.
Join us for the FREE 5K fun run/walk that begins at 8 a.m. at Falls Park on Monday, July 4, 2016. No pets please.
Register by 5 p.m. Monday, June 20 to receive a free t-shirt.
For those that pre-registered, T-shirt pickup will begin at 7:30 a.m. outside the Overlook Cafe. We will be accepting walk up entries near the Overlook Café Parking Lot.
Please park in the overflow lot north of Farmers Market.

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Parade

PARADE BEGINS AT 10 a.m.
All are welcome to join in the fun!Kids, decorate your bike, scooter or wagon in patriotic theme and help lead the parade.    

Online registration is available and closes 5 p.m. Monday, June 27. Limited number of entries accepted. We will be accepting walk up entries at the corner of 10th & Main. Staging will be 8:15-8:45 a.m. with the parade beginning promptly at 10 a.m.

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Picnic

PICNIC BEGINS at 11 a.m.

Lunch for the first 5,000 attendees begins serving at 11 a.m.

Live Music/Entertainment

MOGEN'S HEROES WILL PERFORM at 12 noon

"BARE BODKINS" SHAKESPEARE PRESENTATION at 1 p.m. in the Queen Bee Mill

Event Map

Family Parade & Picnic

Frequently Asked Questions

Mayor’s Parade & Picnic festivities take place each year on the July 4.

The picnic festivities are located at Falls Park in Sioux Falls, SD (Click here for map)—located at the intersection of East Falls Park Drive and North Second Avenue

 8 a.m.   5K Fun Run/Walk near the Overlook Cafe 
 10 a.m. Parade route along Phillips Avenue
 11 a.m. Lunch near the Horse Barn at Falls Park
 11 a.m.   Sioux Falls Municipal Band Performs near the Horse Barn at Falls Park
 11:30 a.m.  Short Program near the Horse Barn at Falls Park
 12 noon   Entertainment near the Bison Statue at Falls Park
 1 p.m.  Entertainment at the Queen Bee Mill

 

No, Fourth of July activities are FREE!!! Generous sponsorships as well as volunteers from the community allow the event to remain free to the public. 

There is no parking along the parade route during the road closures.  We suggest that you park your car at one of the downtown parking ramps and view the parade from a downtown location.

Overflow parking is also available at the intersection of East Falls Park Drive and North First Avenue.

ADA Parking is available at the Park Office at 6th & Phillips and at Falls Park Farmer’s Market.

Reminder to come early as road closures will begin along the parade route approximately 9:30 a.m.  We will leave Falls Park Drive open to assist in parking until 10 a.m.

There will be a limited number of people movers on a designate route along Phillips Avenue to the Park Office parking lot at 6th & Phillips.

The trolley route will reopen at the conclusion of the parade.  An alternate drop off location will be at the intersection of East Falls Park Drive and North Second Avenue until Falls Park is reopened at approximately 2 p.m. to normal traffic.

We highly recommend it! A special bike rack area will be located near the Horse Barn.

We ask that you refrain from riding a bike during the fun run/walk. This event draws several hundred people and can make it difficult to navigate the route on a bike.

The event is completely handicap accessible including wheelchair accessible port-a-pots and reserved ADA parking. “Seeing eye” and “support” dogs are welcome.

The picnic is in Falls Park so bring a small lawn chair or blanket, sunblock, and sunglasses!

*If you bring a stroller or wagon, we have a designated serving line. Watch for signs near the serving line.

No. The Fourth of July Parade and Picnic is a hot and crowded place; and is not a place for pets. 

Sign up online at register.siouxfallsparks.org. To receive a free t-shirt, the deadline to sign up is approximately two weeks prior to the event. Walk up registrations will be accepted, but a t-shirt is not guaranteed.

We ask that you refrain from riding a bike during the fun run/walk.  This event draws several hundred people and can make it difficult to navigate the route on a bike.  No pets please.

Yes. Fourth of July events would not be possible if not for the volunteers who donate their time. Sign up online. The deadline to sign up is approximately two weeks prior to the event. Thank you to all who volunteer their time and their holiday.

If you have any other questions about the Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade and Picnic events, please contact Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation office by emailing ParksandRec@siouxfalls.org or calling 605-367-8222.

Event Information

July 4th
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  7:30 Walk up Registration for Fun Run/Walk
 8:00 Fun Run/Walk Begins
10:00 Parade Begins
11:00 Lunch Is Served
11:00  Sioux Falls Municipal Band Performs
11:30 Short Program
Noon Mogen's Heroes Perform
  1:00  Shakespeare Sampler Performance