Come Early for the Independence Day Celebration: Parking at Falls Park Affected by Parade Route
Celebrate our nation on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at the Independence Day Celebration at Falls Park. This event will feature a free lunch for the first 5,000 attendees, live music and entertainment, as well as a 5K fun run/walk and a parade down Phillips Avenue.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. near 13th Street and Phillips Avenue and travel down Phillips Avenue past Falls Park. Before the parade begins, attendees can access Falls Park from the east by Weber Avenue or the west by Phillips Avenue. Phillips Avenue will close at 9:40 a.m. Between 10:15 and 11 a.m., parking lots at Falls Park will not be accessible, as the parade route will force the closure of Falls Park Drive at Weber Avenue. Attendees are encouraged to arrive at Falls Park before 10 a.m.
Several blocks of Main Avenue, 11th Street, and 13th Street will close at 8 a.m. on Wednesday for parade staging. Phillips Avenue will close starting at 9:40 a.m., and all east/west streets from 13th Street to Falls Park also will be closed at Phillips Avenue during this time frame. Streets will reopen as soon as the parade is finished around 11 a.m. Those traveling through downtown on July 4 should use 14th Street.
Due to construction, there are limited viewing areas between Second and Sixth Streets along the parade route on Phillips Avenue.
ADA parking will be available at the Parks and Recreation Office at the corner of Sixth Street and Phillips Avenue. People movers will be available on the west side of Falls Park along Phillips Avenue for those needing assistance.
For more information about all of the day’s festivities, including maps of the parade route and available parking, go to www.siouxfalls.org/july4.