There are plenty of options for traditional style 4th of July parades in every community.
I discovered a Fourth of July parade, unlike anything we’ve ever been to in the Northside community of Cincinnati.
The Northside Fourth of July Parade in Cincinnati is genuinely a unique parade that celebrates creativity.
When did the Northside Fourth of July Parade start?
The parade dates back to 1854 when an orphanage went through a relocation move on July 4th, 1854.
On that day, women and children rode on Central Parkway in canal boats while men from various organizations marched alongside the new location.
The annual parade, along with a festival, helped fund the orphanage. The only pause in the Annual celebration was for 6 years during the 1960s, with a return in 1970.
What’s the Northside Fourth of July Parade like?
The atmosphere at the parade is quirky, lighthearted, and FUN!
The people-watching is fascinating with an “anything goes” attitude.
There is always something interesting to see in the street or along the parade route.
Even the dogs have flair!
Be on the lookout for the men’s “drill team” and the ladies who dance with lawn chairs who are some of the annual favorites.
You can join the Northside Fourth of July Parade
The best part of the parade is that you can join in on the fun at the end by joining the dance party.
Where is the Northside 4th of July Parade Route?
The parade route starts at the northern boundary of Northside and ends south on Hamilton Ave. to Hoffner Park.
What time does the Northside 4th of July Parade start?
The parade starts at noon and I recommend getting there early to find a good spot in the shade. You’ll also want to get there early to find a good parking spot on the street nearby.
I would also recommend bringing a bottle of water with you if the forecast calls for a warm sunny day.
You can learn more about the Northside 4th of July from their website.