Parade Information

This year's parade theme is “Main Street USA”

In the early morning hours, on the Fourth of July, way ahead of the actual parade start time of 10:00am, the streets of downtown Clarkston will be lined with many families sitting in lawn chairs or on blankets eagerly waiting to celebrate our country’s Independence Day and to watch this year’s celebration parade, as it winds through the streets of our wonderful community.

The Parade Committee welcomes and encourages participants to decorate a float or provide interactive entries that follow the theme of the parade, including the consideration that the parade is primarily for children and their families. Fun and safety are our top priorities. This year, we expect to see over 100 entries for an exciting parade that will last approximately 90 minutes, including a military flyover. Participants are intentionally staggered by Type of Entry to create a variety stream for the spectators.

If you have any questions regarding the parade, please email the committee at or call us at: 248-514-1729.

To download a parade application click here: Parade Application

Hope to see you in the parade!

Bike Parade

Kids decorate your bike for the 4th of July and come ride in the parade. A bike “wrangler area” will be set up in the northwest area of St. Daniel Catholic Church parking lot. Kids and bikes do not have to preregister but be in the parking lot by 9:00 a.m. the morning of the parade. Remember parents, no parking on the St. Daniel Catholic Church parking lot.

Parade Route

The 2018 Clarkston July 4 Parade will begin on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. from the St. Daniel Catholic Church parking lot onto Valley Park Drive. The parade continues east across Holcomb Road onto Miller Rd. The parade then turns south onto M-15/Main Street and proceeds south through downtown Clarkston.

Two announcers will be stage commentating on the parade during the route. The North Stage is located in the north residential section of Main Street, where the parade will stop for the singing of the national anthem. The parade then continues down on M-15/Main Street to the South Stage location, in the retail/commercial section of town, in front of The Fed Restaurant, where the national anthem will be sung again, along with a 21 gun salute.

The parade then continues on south on Main Street, making an eastbound left turn onto Church Street and proceeds east on Church Street, where the parade ends at Renaissance High School parking lot.

Small vehicles or walking parade entrants exit through the Renaissance High School parking lot, while larger parade vehicles should proceed east to Cherrylawn Ave, then turn right (southbound) to reach Waldon Road. 

Parking is available at the Clarkston Elementary and Clarkston Junior High School on July 4. Parade participants are encouraged to park in those areas and walk to St. Daniel Catholic Church if they are on a float or in a walking group. Vehicles will thus be at the end of the parade and waiting for them at the end of the parade. There is NO parking on the grounds of St. Daniel Catholic Church for parade participants.

If parade vehicles wish to return to the St. Daniel Catholic Church, they will need to drive back using an alternate route, as the parade route will be closed until noon.

There is NO PARKING for parade participants on the grounds of St. Daniel Catholic Church. Cars can be parked in the surrounding neighborhood or at Calvary Lutheran Church on Bluegrass Drive.



Parade Applications
Due June 27th

Please call or email the Parade Committee if you missed the application deadline


Parade Lineup posted on


7:00am - Parade Line-up begins at St. Daniel Church Parking Lot


9:00am - Floats are judged


10:00am - Parade Starts