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Independence Day Parade Info & Registration

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NOTE:  Road Closure- Rt. 2 Old Stage Road to Johnson Farm, July 4, 9:30-11:30a

Registration Below for the Parade- before June 29

Parade Theme: "Growing Community"

Parade:  Tuesday, July 4 at 10:00am
  Want to be part of the wonderful parade.  Register your group, organization, or as an individual.  Registration for the parade is online again this year.  Register below. Its Free!

Grand Marshal:
  Chapin Kaynor is this year's Grand Marshal for the parade.
  Nominated by S.Showalter, chosen by the Recreation & Parks Committee. 

  Judging will take place at line-up prior to the parade.  After you check in you will be placed in a category for judging.  Ribbons will be handed out to winners prior to the beginning of the parade. 


Saturday, July 1
  Deb Beckett Memorial 5K Race/Walk- to register- Click here
    Walkers- 8:15a, Runners- 8:45a and New this year a Kids run/walk for ages 4-14- 8:00a
       5K Run/Walk sponsored by the Williston/Richmond Rotary

Monday, July 3
  Friends of the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library Book Sale    4:00-6:00p
    Williston Central School- for more information, contact the library at 878-4918

  Ice Cream Social                   6:30p               Village Green 
    Ice Cream Social sponsored by the Federated Church
  Town Band Concert              6:30p               Village Green

Tuesday, July 4
  Friends of the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library Book Sale    9:00a-1:00p
    Williston Central School- for more information, contact the library at 878-4918
  Independence Day Parade
    10:00a              Parade Route: Rt 2
    Williston Road- west from Johnson’s Farm to Old Stage Rd
  Activities on "The Green"    11:00a-1:00p    Village Green
    Activities sponsored by Crosspoint Church
  Stovepipe Corners Schoolhouse Open House     Village Green
    Historical Society- 9:00-10:00a & 11:30a-1:00p
  Fire Dept. Open House
         11:30a-1:30p      Williston Fire Dept.
    Stop by the firehouse for their Open House
  Evening Celebration              6:00-9:00p        Village Community Park
    Food Trucks/Booths, Activities, Entertainment & Fireworks
    Live Music- The Nortren Comfort band 
       Activities sponsored by Crosspoint Church
       Food Trucks sponsored by Adams Farm Market
  Fireworks                                9:20p                Village Community Park
    Rain date July 5

Information on Parade & Parade Rules below.

Parade Rules:
  • No throwing candy or objects from vehicles or floats or throwing anything into crowds.
  • Walkers may hand items to spectators along the parade route. The goal is to keep spectators Safe, by not causing them to enter the roadway to retrieve items or not to be hit with unexpected objects thrown into crowd.
  • Prohibited Items: water pistols/guns, super-soakers, water balloons and other devices that propel water from vehicles, floats, or walkers into the parade spectators.
  • Drivers of all vehicles/floats in the parade must have a valid driver’s license and be 21 years of age or older and drug and alcohol free.
  • Any entry that includes children must have adequate adult supervision. Adult supervision is required on all floats and open vehicles carrying children.
  • Participants must not sit on vehicles/equipment that are not intended for that purpose. Participants may not sit on vehicle hoods/trunks.
  • Emergency exit accessibility must be available on all floats/vehicles. All participants on floats/vehicle must have direct communication with driver of float or vehicle.
  • All floats/vehicles carrying people must be equipped with adequate restraining devices (seat belts or protective railings) capable of stopping anyone falling from the unit.
  • All parade participants must be wearing safety equipment for the means of transportation they are on. Example; bikes, scooters, skateboards, horses, etc. must have protective equipment on- to include helmet.
  • Playing music is only allowed on parade route during parade time. It is to be kept to a reasonable level for your participants to hear and act to. Sounds will not interfere with other floats or vehicles on parade route.
  • Blowing of vehicle horns is strictly prohibited on parade route. Sirens of emergency vehicles is permitted and are to be kept at a reasonable level and only used when not a disturbance to parade watchers or sensitive areas along parade route.
  • If your entry includes animals, you are responsible for providing water and picking up after your animals.
  • Alcohol, drugs, and smoking is not allowed to be consumed by parade participants- before or during the parade. Police on hand will be monitoring the parade as well as the crowd.
  • Commercial business entries may not simply ride through the parade route in their company vehicle. All entries must be decorated according to the parade theme and/or in an appropriate July 4th manner.
  • In the case of an emergency with parade participants or spectators, parade participants must move to the right of the parade route to allow clear, unhindered access for emergency vehicles
  • The Williston Recreation & Parks Dept. reserves the right to photograph and/or record the entire parade and use these images to promote or benefit the committee’s activities including use in electronic media.
  • Note: The Recreation & Parks Dept. reserves the right to remove entries NOT obeying the rules listed above.

Parade Information:
  • To participate in the parade you must register, please register below.
  • There is no fee to register, at checkout choose the Online Payment option, you will not be charged.
  • An email will be sent after you register with a confirmation of your entry.
  • Another email will be sent, prior to July 4, with instructions for line up.
  • Parade Route: Williston Road- Route 2, west bound from Johnson’s Farm to Old Stage Road.
  • Parade Staging and Lineup: Begins at Johnson’s Farm on route 2, Williston Road.
  • Day of Parade: All parade entries must be at the staging area prior to 9:30am. The road closes at 9:30am.
  • Parade Judging: Official Judging will be done at the line-up time beginning at 9:30am. Ribbons will be given out prior to the start of the parade. We ask that winners proudly display ribbon during the parade for all spectators to see. 1st place ribbons are awarded in the following categories; Best Individual/Neighborhood, Best Community Organization/Church, Best Business and Best of Parade.

Additional Forms and Files:
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