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July 4th Parade

July 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Bigfork July 4th Parade Image

Due to the closure of the single lane bridge in Bigfork, this year’s parade will look a bit different. 

We ask for your help in ensuring this is a safe and successful event!

If you are attending please take advantage of the free shuttle from Highway 35 and 82.  Do not park on Bridge Street and attempt to walk downtown.  There is no pedestrian traffic allowed on the bridge.

If you are entering a float, please make sure you understand the changes to line up this year.



Bigfork knows how to throw a party. And when it is our country’s birthday, Bigfork really knows how to celebrate. This year we are proud to announce our Grand Marshal:  Gretchen Gates of Eva Gates Preservers.  In honor of their 75th anniversary the theme for this year’s parade is “Preserving” Bigfork Traditions.

Centerpiece of the celebration is the annual parade through Bigfork which begins at noon. Bring your whole family to view our great parade to celebrate the birth of our country. The 4th of July Parade in Bigfork is a Flathead Valley favorite. There will be food trucks and live music by the Fetveit Brothers in the downtown parking lot starting at 10am and continuing after the parade so head down early.

Parking for the parade will be in the field at the intersection of Highway 35 and 82. From this parking area only, free shuttle service is available to downtown from 8am-5pm. For everyone to have a clear view of the parade, there will be no cars allowed in downtown Bigfork after 8 am on the 4th.

Floats must pre-register. If you are planning on entering a loat in the parade, you must pre-register and make sure you understand the float line up procedure. There is a fee for all entries to help cover the costs associated with the parade. Floats will be judged on Entertainment Value, Originality, Craftsmanship, and Interpretation of the Theme, along with a classic car category.

Each year, parade organizers pay extra care to the energy and messages from participants both in and watching the parade. We are asking that all individuals attending the parade in any capacity remember this is a community event – welcoming to all and strictly non-partisan.  Please keep this in mind if you are planning to attend or participate in the parade. Any person or float that is deemed by parade organizers as offensive or political will be removed from the event.  We are proud of where we live in and excited to invite the Flathead Valley to this non-partisan celebration of America’s birthday. Political candidates are allowed to participate with respectful campaign signage only (name, seat, party) and may not hand out printed information.

The parade begins at noon with members of the military.  They will pause in front of the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts to present colors while the National Anthem is sung.

Parade Rules:

  • The parade organizers will remove any person and or float that is deemed to be political or offensive. This is a non-partisan community event.
  • Items may not be thrown into the crowd. Walkers with your float may hand out items or they may be gently tossed toward the feet of spectators.
  • No confetti cannons or throwing confetti. Confetti leaves lasting litter throughout our village.  If any person on your float is seen breaking this rule, you will be required to pay for clean-up.
  • Parade line up starts at 9 am sharp and closes exactly at 11 am.
  • Lineup is first come/first in line
  • There is no place holding
  • Animals and livestock are welcome to join the parade after the rest of the floats and before the Flathead Lake Lodge firetruck – who is last. If you will have animals, please contact us so we can help find a safe, shady place for them.  Please have walkers to clean up after them
  • Judging will take place in the parade line up. To be judged, your float must be completed by 11:00 am.
  • Floats that have not pre-registered or that arrive after 11am will not be allowed in the parade.

Judging Criteria:

  • Originality: This category judges the overall creativity and originality in the float design and concept.
  • Craftsmanship: This category judges the quality and complexity of the float’s workmanship.
  • Entertainment Value: This category judges the float’s “wow factor.” Judges will consider the elements such as color, sound, and motion. Costumes of participants riding, walking or dancing with the float will also be considered.
  • Interpretation of the Theme: This category judges the float’s interpretation of the parade theme.

Contact Person: Rebekah King –

Want to Volunteer:

Please volunteer to make make this year’s parade event better. If you would like to assist, but do not see something you can commit to, please email and we will find a place for you.



July 4
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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