In 2023, Orange Township brought back the Independence Day Parade. There historically has been a parade in Orange Township on July 4th. This parade was organized by civic organizations and local businesses. Following the Covid-19 pandemic, there was no one willing to help organize the parade so Orange Township stepped in and picked it up. The parade is a community celebration of American history and we are excited to continue the tradition. Join us on July 4, 2024 at 10:00a.m. to celebrate!
The parade will be on Thursday, July 4 and will start at 10:00 a.m. We recommend parade participants / marchers arrive by 9:00a.m.
That is difficult to predict and depends on the number of participants.
The parade will start at the round-about in front of Olentangy Orange Middle School on Orange Road, will progress east along Orange Road to the round-about at Walker Wood Blvd and Abbey Knoll Dr, then turn south along Walker Wood Blvd to Olentangy Orange High School entrance, then west through the High School drive. Spectators may sit on either side of the streets along the parade route.
Limited parking will be available for parade participants /marchers at the Olentangy Orange Middle School and Olentangy Orange High School.
Limited parking for parade spectators will be available at Olentangy Orange High School at overflow lot and at the softball fields. Olentangy Orange Middle School will be closed for spectators.
Parking will also be available along the street on nearby neighborhoods, at Walker Woods park, and at nearby churches.
If possible, please carpool, or walk or ride your bikes!
The parade will occur rain or shine.
No. The parade will be in morning, during daylight. The township is not sponsoring fireworks later in the day. Check your local listings for other local fireworks displays.
Participants in parade are not required to pass-out candy or SWAG / giveaways, although they may chose to do so. No items may be thrown to the spectators. All items must be handed to spectators to prevent injury.
No, a float is not required but strongly encouraged to make for a quality parade. We encourage walking groups to be in uniform and have short performances for dance, cheer, martial arts, etc.
We discourage participants from simply driving in an un-decorated car.
There are many easy, cheap, and creative ideas for floats available on internet searches, balloons are a quick and easy way to decorate a trailer or car.
While we have many volunteers, parades do have costs associated with them for clean-up, law enforcement / road closures, etc.
The township is asking participants to pay a registration fee of $100 to help offset costs of this community event, and to treat this as a marketing cost, as they will be advertising their businesses and hopefully getting more community interest in their company. Fees should be paid.
Registration is open to the general public. If you would like register a group to march in the parade, visit our registration here. To participate, you must accept the parade rules and waivers.
We encourage small businesses to join, school or church groups, or just a group of residents to get together with neighbors to create a float and make this a community event worth celebrating!
In the unlikely event we are inundated with hundreds or participant requests, priority will be given to businesses and residents of Orange Township and creative floats. We challenge you to test our limits!