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  • 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 
    Break 6:10-6:30pm 
    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. 

    Like and Share on FB: https://www.facebook.com/allendale4thofjuly/

    Invite a Vet - Veteran Letter

    Volunteer - Contact Janessa Smit

  • Parade Route Map 

  • Park Map 


  • Family Fun in the Park Attractions

    Ninja Warrior Course
    Rodeo Roper 
    Zorb Balls 
    Golf Challenge
    Airbrush Tattoo Artists
    Balloon Artist
    Remote Control Race Cars with Track
    Trackless Train Rides
    Caricature Artist 
    Photo Booth
    Inflatable Rock Climb
    Critter Barn Petting Zoo
    Pony Rides

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