More than 50,000 expected to attend Las Vegas’ Biggest Independence Day Parade
The entire Las Vegas valley is invited to celebrate Independence Day at the 28th Annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade, Southern Nevada’s largest and most colorful Fourth of July parade. Joining the parade are Vegas Golden Knights goaltender, Logan Thompson, and defenseman, Zach Whitecloud, who will ride the Knights’ team float, one of more than 70 entries that includes 25 giant inflatable parade balloons, veteran and military organizations, patriotic and pop culture-themed floats, plus performing groups.
The Las Vegas Raiders also join the parade this year, represented by a 30-foot custom Raiders-branded giant inflatable balloon in the shape of a football. The Las Vegas Aces and Las Vegas Aviators also will be represented in the parade, which is planned to be grander than ever.
New to the parade this year are floats, “The Magic of Encanto” and “America’s Top Gun,” which will join several popular and returning patriotic-themed entries, including “A Salute to the Military,” honoring the service men and women from Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases; “America Sings!” featuring the Desert Angels gospel choir; “America Standing Tall” featuring a 15-foot Miss Stars and Stripes towering high above the crowd; “A Very Vegas Birthday” with a special appearance by Elvis; and “Dancing in the Streets” by the Contemporary West Dance Theatre ARTSWORK Pro.
Other popular performing groups include Danza Del Carrizo Native American performing group, Palo Verde High School Marching Band, Nevada Latino Arts and Culture Association; and the Swing It! Girls. Veterans and military organizations will be represented by the Marine Corps League, American Legion, Forgotten Not Gone, and the Southern Nevada Military Vehicle Association.
Returning to the parade this year are fan favorites, “The Fourth Awakens,” featuring the Neon City Garrison Star Wars costuming club; “Mario Karts on Parade,” featuring Mario and Luigi; and “Frozen Fun,” featuring Elsa and Anna.
More than 2,500 people are expected to participate in the parade and more than 500 volunteers from dozens of local schools and community groups will assist with parade operations. Over 20,000 cubic feet of helium will be used for the more than 25 giant inflatables. Attendance along the parade route is expected to top 50,000 people.
The parade is organized by The Summerlin Council, the nonprofit arm of the Summerlin Community Association dedicated to the social, educational, and recreational enrichment of residents.
The parade is free and open to the public. Parade-goers may reserve personal viewing areas curbside with blankets, chairs, etc. Those spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis and may be set up along the parade route sidewalks no earlier than 7 a.m. on July 3. Personal property set up to save spaces prior to July 3 at 7 a.m. will be collected and donated. All persons and their property must remain on the curb. Everyone is encouraged to arrive early, bring water and wear sunscreen.
Title Sponsor is The Howard Hughes Corporation/Summerlin. Major sponsors include Station Casinos; Summerlin Hospital and Medical Center; Las Vegas Raiders; City National Bank; Centralized Security Services, Tri Pointe Homes; Pure Plumbing & Air; Miracle Flights; One Hour A/C and Heating; Palmer Electric; Par 3 Landscape and Maintenance; BrightView Landscape Services; and Downtown Summerlin.
WHEN: Monday, July 4, 2022, 9 – 11 a.m / Escort division commences at 8:30 a.m.
WHERE: The parade begins at the corner of Hillpointe Rd. and Hills Center Dr. in The Trails village of Summerlin. Participants travel south toward Village Center Circle, then west on Trailwood Drive. The parade ends near the corner of Trailwood Drive and Spring Gate Lane.