Calling All Vietnam Era Veterans
You are cordially invited to be our guest and Grand Marshal for the Welcome Home to Vietnam Veterans 4th of July Parade
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Drive, Allendale, MI 49401
The parade will step off promptly at 10:00am. We ask that you be at the start of the parade by 9:00am. We will have complimentary coffee, snacks and water for you while we prepare for the parade to start. There will be restrooms and Veteran Hospitality Stations at the beginning, middle and end of the parade route. (See map)
Veterans will line up in Lot D3. We ask that Veteran parade walkers be dropped off in Lot D3 and meet friends and family at the end of the parade route in Lot K East. If driving yourself, park in Lot P at the end of the parade route and a shuttle will take you to the beginning of the parade. That way your vehicle is waiting for you at the end of the parade once the parade is finished.
The parade route is approximately a mile in length. Wagons will be available to ride on during the parade. You are welcome to walk, however if at any time during the parade you would like to ride, we encourage you to board any one of the wagons/buses we will have available to complete the parade.
You will see thousands of American flags and posters, hundreds of motorcycles from the Rolling Thunder and Patriot Guard motorcycle troops, a flight team fly over, Honor Guard and lots of other exciting things planned. Here is the most important thing you will see:
Thousands of West Michigan people lining the parade route to say just one thing…
Thank You For Your Service and Welcome Home!
Click here for a letter to forward the invitation to any Veterans that may be interested.
Schedule of Events
7:30am – 9:30am: Pancake Breakfast – Allendale Township Hall $6 per person
8:00am – 9:30am: Parade line up – GVSU Allendale Campus
10:00am – 11:30am: Welcome Home Veteran Parade – GVSU Allendale Campus
Noon – 4:00pm: Family Fun in the Park - Allendale Township Park
Family Friendly Activities * Chicken BBQ * Artisan Vendor Fair * Classic Car Show * Ninja Warrior Course * Concessions * Michigan Vietnam Veteran Memorial Wall
5:00pm – 8:00pm: Concert Pavilion Live Entertainment – Allendale Township Park
Lake Michigan Dance Academy 5:00 – 5:10pm
Maciek the Magician 5:10 – 6pm
Lake Michigan Dance Academy – 6:00 – 6:10pm
Murphy Brothers Band 6:30 – Dusk
10:00pm/Dusk: Fireworks – Launched at Allendale High School, viewed from Allendale Township Park
Ways you can participate!
Sponsor - Sponsorship Form
Join in the Parade - Registration Form
Artisan Vendor Fair - Registration Form
Car Show - No registration necessary. Bring $5 cash.
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Invite a Vet - Veteran Letter
Volunteer - Contact Janessa Smit
Family Fun in the Park Attractions
Ninja Warrior Course
Airbrush Tattoo Artists
Remote Control Race Cars with Track
Trackless Train Rides
Inflatable Rock Climb
Critter Barn Petting Zoo