Perhaps tanks, flyovers, and speeches aren’t your preferred way of celebrating the Fourth of July. Fortunately, if you want to evade those activities on the National Mall this year, there’s a local alternative held dear by residents: the annual Palisades Parade in Northwest. Parade-goers may even get to dunk some D.C. politicians in a dunk tank at the event’s 53rd iteration.
The parade kicks off in the tranquil neighborhood at 11 a.m., at the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Whitehaven Parkway NW. (The line-up starts an hour earlier.) It then follows the boulevard for roughly a mile to Edmunds Place NW, before concluding at the Palisades Recreation Center, situated at 5200 Sherier Place NW. Free food, refreshments, and music will be provided at the finish point. Registration is not required to participate in the parade.
“If your group would like to bring a vehicle, make sure you bring only ONE!” says a recent announcement from the Palisades Citizens Association, the group that organizes the event.
“Too many cars make for a BORING parade. We encourage walking. Get creative. Make a float! Make it fun and interesting!! Play music! You are permitted to throw candy or little toys as long as you throw them on to the median strip or the sidewalk. We do NOT want candy landing in the street. Bring water; it’s always hot.”
City politicians, such as the mayor, members of the D.C. Council, and advisory neighborhood commissioners, regularly march in the parade along with their supporters—as do a variety of civic groups and performers. It’s a great way to see and appreciate a local slice of the District.
New this year at the picnic after the Palisades Citizens Association’s 53rd annual Fourth of July Parade: a dunk tank. Scheduled participants include @ChmnMendelson, @RobertWhite_DC, @tweetelissa, @VinceGrayWard7 and five ANC 3D commissioners, PCA says. https://t.co/uoLygjmnSm pic.twitter.com/DUfaFaoZs8— The DC Line (@dclinenews) July 2, 2019
Still figuring out your plans for the 4th of July? Walk with @MayorBowser in the Palisades 4th of July Parade.— Mayor's Office of Community Affairs (@DCMOCA) June 28, 2019
️ Thursday, July 4th
Whitehaven Parkway & MacArthur Boulevard ⬇️https://t.co/xoiGbtgsPS
I’m looking forward to the 53rd Annual 4th of July Palisades Parade and would love to have you join #TeamMendo along the parade route. To walk with us, call 202.724.8032 or email BMcDuffie@dccouncil.us pic.twitter.com/DFms0ZQQTM— Phil Mendelson (@ChmnMendelson) July 1, 2019
Getting ready for the Palisades 4th of July Parade in #Ward3!— Mary M. Cheh (@marycheh) July 1, 2019
All are welcome to walk with us & hand out Constitutions and fruit snacks. The parade ends at the Rec Center w/free food, live music, and plenty of fun for kids.
RSVP to email@example.com for meet-up details! pic.twitter.com/nb3k5M8fih
Join me this Thursday in the 4th of July Palisades Parade as we celebrate our nation’s independence. #4thofJuly pic.twitter.com/XoVRlKgtKy— Brandon T. Todd (@CMBrandonTodd) July 2, 2019
March with Councilmember McDuffie in the Palisades 4th of July Parade! https://t.co/2DaBg5SoBg pic.twitter.com/VNPUTPd9W8— CM McDuffie's Office (@CM_McDuffie) July 3, 2019
Bring your friends and the whole family to celebrate with me at the #4thofJuly at 53rd Palisades Parade! Register at: https://t.co/jRXtqZ28ZJ pic.twitter.com/joUcWKUBZo— Vince Gray (@VinceGrayWard7) July 2, 2019
Join @tweetelissa and staff tomorrow to celebrate July 4th at two of our favorite neighborhood parades: @BarracksRow & Palisades! All are welcome.— CM Silverman Office (@CM_Silverman) July 3, 2019
Sign up (https://t.co/MBkDfrlfha), give us a call (202-724-7772), or just show up! pic.twitter.com/naQn8ZAN8b
Join me as I march with my team in the 4th of July parades. There are two parades that day — one in Barracks Row and the other in Palisades. Both will be fun! pic.twitter.com/seBmSwtcCF— Robert C. White, Jr. (@RobertWhite_DC) June 19, 2019
The stretch of MacArthur Boulevard involved in the parade will be closed until around 12:30 p.m., according to D.C. police. Another local option: the Barracks Row Parade in Capitol Hill.