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Parade History

Mandan has celebrated Independence day since 1881 with a parade almost as long as it has been a city. The parade has become an annual tradition for many families and has grown to be the largest parade in North Dakota.

Mandan turns out “en masse” and Presents the Largest Turnout ever seen in Morton County. 
The regular day's program was carried out in the order published with not a skip or break. The band formed in front of Liberty Hall and marched to the school house, at which place the citizens on foot and on horseback were soon congregated and a large enthusiastic procession was formed, which took its way down First Avenue across to Main and up Main to the grounds. The order of the procession was, President of the day, followed by the band; next citizens on foot, followed by horsemen, then came a long line of carriages filled with enthusiastic celebrators. 
- July 5th, 1882 Daily Pioneer

Parade Schedule

For Spectators

  • 7:30 a.m. - Street Closures

  • 8:00 a.m. - Live Broadcast Begins on Main Street

  • 8:00 a.m. - 5K Road Race Begins

  • 9:00 a.m. - Street Festival on Main

  • 10:00 a.m. - Classic Car Parade begins on The Strip

  • 10:10 a.m. -  Parade begins on The Strip

  • 10:30 a.m. - Parade arrives at Main Street

  • 10:30 a.m. - Live broadcast begins on KX Networks

  • 11:05 a.m. - Parade arrives at Art in the Park

For Entrants

  • 7:30 a.m. - Street Closures

  • 8:00 a.m. - Red & White Staging Begins

  • 8:30 a.m. - Blue Staging Begins

  • 9:50a.m. - Classic Cars Depart Staging Area

  • 10:10 a.m. - Parade Departs Staging Area

  1. Date: July 4th, 2024

  2. Parade Start Time: 10:00 AM from Dacotah Centennial Park, arriving at Main St. at 10:30 AM

  3. Staging Information:

    1. Staging begins at 8:00 AM.

    2. All floats must be in the lineup by 9:45 AM.

    3. All floats must have their Parade Float number pre-printed, attached, and visible on the unit prior to entering the parade.

      1. Click Here for official Line-up.

      2. Click Here for Parade Number PDF

    4. Enter the staging area off Memorial Hwy at 32 Ave. A parade committee member will be present to check you in.

    5. Important Note: Parade participants are not allowed to ride the float to the staging area. Riders are only permitted on the float/unit once checked in at the parade staging area, during the parade, or on the way back to the staging area. No riders are allowed on a float/unit during transportation to or from the staging area.

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