The Edina 4th of July Parade
The Edina 4th of July Parade is a wonderful community celebration that gives Edina residents the opportunity to come together to celebrate the summer holiday in a fun and family-friendly way. For many Edina families, the Parade is a summer highlight and a treasured opportunity to create long-lasting memories with family and friends.
ECF is grateful to US Bank and Lunds & Byerlys for their continued generosity in supporting the Parade as Presenting Sponsors.
This year's Parade was co-chaired by John Swon and Tom Gump. John Swon has served as chair since 2013 and "retired" after this year's event. Tom Gump is the most recent past president of the Edina Morningside Rotary Club and is an ECF Board member. Tom is actively recruiting volunteers for the 2018 Parade committee. If you are looking for a way to get involved in the Edina community, consider joining Tom on his committee.
The 2017 Parade theme was Honoring Education in Edina. Retiring Superintendent Ric Dressen and Edina High School Principal Bruce Locklear served as co-Grand Marshals for the celebration.
It is no secret that the Edina Parade is a great time because it traditionally draws over 25,000 people, with many families claiming their spot in the early morning by laying down blankets and lawn chairs. The almost 30 paid entertainment acts create a big draw and would not be possible without the support from the local Edina business community.
The entertainers are joined by community and civic groups, sports associations, political organizations, and sponsors. If you are part of an organization that would like to participate in the 2018 parade, visit the Edina Parade website. Registration for the parade usually opens in April and closes at the end of May.
ECF is tremendously proud of its role and work keeping the Edina 4th of July Parade tradition alive in Edina. As ECF celebrates 40 years of bringing people together to serve, strengthen, and celebrate Edina, we look forward to continuing to organize the Parade for the enjoyment of the Edina community.
For more information on the Edina Parade or if you are interested in serving on the parade committee, please email Karen Contag at email@example.com.
Thank you all of our 2017 Parade Sponsors!