Jaycees' July 4th parade offers patriotic fun for adults and kids alike
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com file
Here’s an Ann Arbor tradition that shouldn't be missed: The Ann Arbor Jaycees hosts the 23rd annual Fourth of July parade Thursday morning in downtown Ann Arbor. The parade features floats, walking groups, music and more.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the corner of State and William streets. The approximately mile-long route goes north to Liberty, west to Main, then south one block back to William before ending at William and Thompson. The parade line-up starts at 8 a.m., and judging in the children’s bike decorating contest will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Children who want to ride in the parade are encouraged to decorate their bikes with the patriotic theme “Parade of Stars.” A panel of judges will determine the winners. Judging will be done by age group (less than 5 years, 5 to 8 years, and 9 to 12 years.)
The parade’s Grand Marshal is Mike Bottom, head coach of the University of Michigan men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs. Don’t forget to wear red, white and blue.
The Ann Arbor Jaycees sponsor the annual Fourth of July parade on Thursday starting at 10 a.m. downtown (State, Liberty, Main, and William streets). For a map of the parade route and more information on the entrants in the parade visit www.a2jaycees.org/parade or call 734-531-9626.