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July 4 Parade & Picnic Info

Palisades 57th Parade & Picnic 2023
Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Thank you for your interest in the 57th annual Palisades Parade and Picnic—the best small town parade in DC!


Line-up begins on Whitehaven Pkwy at 10:00am in the order in which the groups appear. Whitehaven Pkwy is in-between Our Lady of Victory school and the fire station. If you don’t mind being in the back of the parade, feel free to line up closer to 11:00am. Please enter Whitehaven Pkwy via Foxhall Rd to avoid traffic jams and to ensure you are facing the right direction for the parade route.

The parade starts moving at 11:00am sharp! You DO NOT need to register for the parade. All you need to do is show up and get in line. It’s that easy!

If your group would like to bring a vehicle, make sure you bring only ONE. Too many cars make for a BORING parade. We encourage walking. Get creative. Make a float! Make it fun and interesting!! Play music! You are permitted to throw candy or little toys as long as you throw them on to the median strip or the sidewalk. We do NOT want candy landing in the street. BRING WATER—it is always hot.

The parade goes from Whitehaven Pkwy down MacArthur, takes a left on Edmunds, a left on Sherier and ends at the Palisades Rec Center.


Following the parade, there is a free picnic for all at the Palisades Rec Center featuring hot dogs, drinks, live music, and moon bounces. Come one, come all!!


This is a PCA event paid for with funds raised by selling t-shirts and from generous donations from Palisades businesses. There are multiple options for volunteering.

  • Selling T-shirts: If you would like to join many of your neighbors who volunteer to sell t-shirts in June, please email Maria Garcia at
  • Picnic Set Up and Clean Up: On July 4 itself, we need people to set up at the Rec Center at 8:30am and help clean up at 2:00pm.
  • Parade Marshals: During the parade, we need individuals who stand on a specified block and help keep the parade flowing and the kids out of the street.

We need all the help we can get! 

If you have further questions or would like to volunteer, call Anne Ourand at 202.363.7441 or email

Thank you and we’ll see you July 4!