4th of July Events/Information
4th of July parade
Cascade’s July 4th Celebration Offers Fun for all Ages
The bike parade will kick off the celebration beginning at 10 a.m. Remember to keep your eyes on the sky, though, because at 10:15 a.m., attendees will experience the flyby of an L-39 Albatros Jet, flown by The Hopper Flight Group along 28th Street from east to west.
Following this unique and exciting event, the famous parade – including vehicles, floats, fire trucks and the march – will begin at 10:30 a.m. The parade route will start at Cascade Road and Burton and end at 28th and Thornhills.
Family fun will then kick off at 11:30 a.m. with games, carnival rides and music. Be sure to check out the ginormous book sale hosted by the Friends of the Cascade Library, happening all day long.
Please note roads will be closed for these events from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m. Roads affected include Cascade Road (from Burton Street to Thornapple River Drive), 28th Street (from Cascade to Thornhills) and all of Old 28th Street.
Finally, join us at dusk for the grand finale of fireworks, which will be shot off from Ada Christian School.
• Bike parade staging location: Cascade Fellowship Christian Reformed Church (6655 Cascade Road)
• Vehicles, floats, parade march staging location: Thornapple Covenant Church (6595 Cascade Road)
If you are participating in the bike parade and are 14 years old or younger, you must wear a bike helmet, per Cascade Township Ordinance.
July 4 Parade Float Contest
It’s time for families, neighborhoods, churches and businesses to get creative!
Cascade will once again hold its float contest, challenging community members to come up with a unique and fun float to entertain attendees at the July 4th Celebration. The contest will be sponsored by Pat Vredevoogd Combs of Coldwell Banker AJS Schmidt Reality.
This year, the float contest will have two categories:
1. Family and neighborhood floats
2. Churches, businesses and other organizations
Winners in each category will win a trophy and get to put the “Winner” banner on their float during the parade. No sign ups are necessary. Those who wish to participate should arrive at the parade staging area (Thornapple Covenant Church, 6595 Cascade Road SE) at 8:30 a.m. on July 4.
Please note participants may only have one vehicle/float per entity, organization or neighborhood. Additionally, candy throwing from vehicles/floats will not be allowed. Anything handed out must be done by walkers.
To successfully host the July 4th Celebration, the help of staff from the Township and the Kent County Sheriff Department, as well as from community volunteers, is critical. Cascade Township would like to invite individuals, groups, businesses and other organizations to volunteer to help during the celebration.
If you are able to help your community for a few hours on this day, please contact Fire Chief Adam Magers at 949.1320 or email@example.com by June 22. Please be sure to indicate which volunteer opportunity you can assist with.
7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Direct traffic in various parking areas prior to the library book sale
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Walk alongside the parade route to keep the parade moving and alleviate large gaps; ensure safety of all participating in the parade
PARADE CLEAN UP
12 - 1:30 p.m.
Clean up trash along parade route
STREET FAIR ROAMERS
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Work in zones on the grounds to keep areas clean
EVENT BREAK DOWN
3:30 - 5 p.m.
Help take down tables, chairs and clean up at end of event
If you plan to set off fireworks, please be aware of any veterans living near you who may be sensitive to the noise. We encourage you to reach out to neighbors if you plan to light fireworks so they can be aware of your plans. Many pets also react negatively to firework displays. Finally, please be conscious of creating fire hazards for your neighbors and of the Township noise ordinance.
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