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Seven Super Fourth of July Parade Float Ideas

The town is painted red, white and blue and the fireworks are ready to go. It’s the Fourth of July and all of America is ready to celebrate Independence Day. The cookouts will be delicious and the fireworks spectacular, but the other American staple on this patriotic holiday is the childhood favorite Fourth of July Parade.

Here are seven super Fourth of July Parade float ideas:

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Instead of hauling your float behind the truck, use the truck itself as your parade float. The Patriotic Truck Parade Kit is the easiest way to get started. It includes two 25-foot-long vinyl twists, four 15-inch X 10-foot long pieces of vinyl fringe, and an instruction set. Add some star balloons, American flags, and blare some “God Bless the USA” in the truck speakers and you’ve got yourself a simple, yet patriotic parade float!

Firecracker of a Float
The fireworks might be later in the evening, but get things started with a Firecracker Float during the parade! The Patriotic Float Kit can get you started with its floral sheeting, festooning and fringe. What really makes this float grand is the addition of the cardboard firecrackers. The set of three comes with one that is four-feet high, another that is three-feet high and the third is two-feet, six inches high. They will really make your parade float burst!

Luau for Liberty
Hawaii is just as much a part of the U.S. as any other state, so consider having a luau theme to celebrate Lady Liberty and all she stands for. Naturally, decorate your float in red, white and blue float materials. What will make your float special, however, is the addition of props used at a luau. Have your parade guests wear Americana Leis and add a few palm trees to your float.

Flashback Float for the Fourth
In 1976 America celebrated its bicentennial. Take parade guests on a trip to the 11hcgsnt65brwpast and create your float as if it were 1976. Deck out your float in red, white and blue tie-dye gossamer, blast some classic Southern rock and make sure those on the float are in their favorite bellbottoms as you stroll the streets as a 70’s time machine.

God Bless America Float
This float idea is especially great for church groups. Personalize a banner with the words “God Bless America” and the name of your organization or church. Add some “God Bless America” columns to the float and be sure to play some patriotic, Christian music.  Consider having different people on the float dress up as famous American Christians from the pioneer days when America first became independent.

Celebrate American Cities
Instead of celebrating America as a whole, celebrate one of America’s favorite cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, or Seattle. Make that American city come to life on your float! For a city like New York, take some of its iconic buildings and use as a background. Don’t forget the Statue of Liberty, and use lots of patriotic decorations like garland and stars.

Float for Diversity
One of the great things about America is its diversity. Celebrate the wide range of ethnicities by having a Fourth of July parade float that honors people of all backgrounds. Stick with red, white and blue decorations, but have people on the float dressed in traditional clothes of many different cultures like Asian, African, Mexican and Middle-Eastern.

Sparkling Red, White and Blue Event Ideas

There are lots of ways to bring sparkle to your patriotic events this season – often literally! Glitter, glass, foil and rhinestones are just some of the ways we can summon such a thing. Let’s explore.

Fabric Decorations. Many of our decorating fabrics have metallic or glitter versions in the patriotic colors you’re looking for. A sampling: iridescent sparkle, metallic eyelash, liquid metallic, and metallic gossamer fabrics.

Use these fabrics for stage and podium backdrops, ceiling and wall coverings, and table decorations. Generally speaking, we like monochromatic domination in background materials for patriotic parties, mostly because you don’t want to overpower or clash with themed decorations, but there are other reasons, too:

  • to make patriotic patterns really pop via contrast
  • to avoid in general a visual that’s overly busy
  • to let textures and/or light effects “do the talking”

  • There are many choices, so here’s how to narrow them down. If you simply must have red as your dominant color, for example, shop by color first to see the available materials. Other considerations include translucence vs. opacity, a preference for no-sew/no-fray fabrics, a need for flame retardant options, and of course cost.

    Having at least a couple of your requirements worked out in advance means you’ll be able to zoom in on the most likely candidates in no time. Be sure to read other planners’ reviews to find out more about the qualities of fabrics that are new to you.

    Large decorations. The patriotic balloon arch and columns pictured at the top of this post get an extra vertical boost from clusters of our big mylar star balloons reaching up. Meanwhile, versatile swirl chandeliers frame it prettily and push it into the foreground. This creates interest at every eye level. You can also achieve the height you need in large spaces with a glittered arch and sequined columns in a solid color, greeted from the ceiling by hanging star decorations such as our 52” star in patriotic pattern and groovy fringe.

    For props that are larger than life we like to use parade float decorations such as the firecracker props shown above at right – yes, even indoors! Decorate a large table just as you would a parade float, covering it with shiny floral sheeting, festooning, a patriotic banner and the firecracker props. We bet others will wish they’d thought of it.

    Table decorations. Your tables should certainly duplicate the colors and perhaps some of the materials of the other decorations. For example, several of the fabric options discussed earlier would make chic table coverings, as would the floral sheeting. And if you’ve used the star mylar balloons elsewhere you could incorporate them into table centerpieces.

    Sparkle can also equal glassware. Shining glass plus a do-it-yourself adornment of Americana would be perfect as table decorations and as favors. Raid the DIY store for cylinder vases you can transform to suggest firecrackers, or simply embellish votive holders with glitter ribbon or stick-on star rhinestones. A glue gun and your creativity will do the rest.

    Ten Trivia Questions and Answers to Ask At Your Memorial Day Party

    This Americana Lei makes for great Memorial Day Party favors!

    Everyone gets together for Memorial Day – It’s what we do! We grill out, we set up the barbeque, we roll out cold drinks, we often go to the lake if we can… It’s a fun holiday where we get time off work, and there is usually a parade and a commemoration service to honor our veterans.  This Memorial Day, before or after prom this weekend, quiz your friends on how much they know about the Memorial Day holiday:

    1. What do bumblebees and the Air Force have in common?

    Answer: The Air Force used aerodynamics discovered during research on bumblebees on their F-117 fighter.

    2. Just because you “remember the Alamo,” doesn’t mean you know what the word means in Spanish. What does Alamo mean in Spanish?

    Answer: cottonwood

    3. Where was the first “official” observance of Memorial Day?

    Answer: Waterloo, NY

    4. While the first official Memorial Day celebrations began sometime in the 1860s, when was Memorial Day an “official” U.S. holiday?

    Answer: 1971 – yep, it’s fairly recent!

    5. Which U.S. State is closest to Bermuda?

    Answer: North Carolina

    6. Of all the “Founding Fathers” who signed the Declaration of Independence, how many of them went on to become U.S. Presidents? (Bonus if you can name them!)

    Answer: Two – Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

    7. We know the famous line, but what was the actual first word spoken on the moon?

    Answer: Houston.

    “Houston. Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has Landed.” – Neil Armstrong’s first words back to base when his shuttle landed on the moon.

    8. On Memorial Day, is the flag raised to the top of the pole or kept at half staff?

    Answer: This is a trick question! The U.S. flag is supposed to be at half mast until  noon, and then raised to the top of the pole. Whoever gets this one right definitely deserves a prize.

    9. What time is the “National Moment of Remembrance” on Memorial Day?

    Answer: 3pm


    10. What state boasts the longest running Memorial Day Parade? And bonus points if you can name the town, too!

    Answer: Ironton, Ohio – it has been holding a Memorial Day parade every year since 1869.

    Now, when you start throwing out trivia questions left and right, it would be fun to sweeten the pot by offering an incentive to winning at trivia. However you decide to celebrate this Memorial Day, be sure to keep it fun while remembering the reasons behind the holiday.