2024 Independence Day Parade Applications Now Being Accepted

April 02, 2024

Press Contact: Dan Bell, Communications and Community Relations Director

Phone Number: (909) 395-2400

Date: April 2, 2024



City of Ontario

Recreation & Community Services Department



Join the Ontario Recreation & Community Services Department in celebrating Independence Day by becoming a participant in this year’s Independence Day Parade on Thursday, July 4.

This year’s theme is Hip, Hip, Hooray … It’s Independence Day! Show us how you celebrate the holiday. Do you throw a barbeque, or pool party, go to the beach, visit the mountains, or celebrate a birthday? Don’t forget to use the colors Red, White, and Blue! Bring the celebration to the parade route for all of us to enjoy together!

Parade Applications are now OPEN! Parade categories include Vehicles, Large Vehicles, Floats, Military Groups, Walking Groups, and Marching Bands. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2024.

Entries have the opportunity to win the following awards:

  • Sweepstakes Award: Awarded to the Best Overall Entry
  • All-States Award: Awarded to the Best Theme Entry
  • Community Service Award: Awarded to the Best Service Club Entry
  • Youth Expression Award: Awarded to the Best Youth Group Entry
  • Chaffey Heritage Award: Awarded to the Best Historical Entry
  • Judge’s Choice Award: Awarded to the Best Non-Category Entry
  • Red, White, & Blue Award: Awarded to the Most Patriotic Military Vehicle Entry
  • Showmanship Award: Awarded to the Overall Best Performance

Additional award categories include Best Marching Band, Best Walking Group, Best Military Marching Group, Best Vehicle, Best Historical and/or Novelty Vehicle, or Special Merit.

All award winners will be recognized at the July Recreation & Parks Commission Meeting held on Monday, July 22, 2024, in the City Council Chambers (303 E. B Street).

For more information, please visit OntarioCA.gov/Independence Day or contact the Recreation & Community Services Department at (909) 395-2020.

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About the City of Ontario

The City of Ontario is enhancing the quality-of-life by creating urban lifestyle districts that create sustainable places to live, work and play. Located just east of Los Angeles and Orange counties, the City of Ontario is ideally situated as a gateway to Southern California. With major freeways, rail transportation and an International Airport, Ontario invites the rest of the world to be a part of a culturally diverse community with rich history that is well positioned for quality development and economic sustainability for its residents. Complementing its business and residential core, Ontario offers premium entertainment venues such as the Ontario Convention Center, Toyota Arena, and Ontario Mills. To learn more about the City of Ontario, visit OntarioCA.gov or call (909) 395-2000.

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