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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

    7:00am – 9:30am: Pancake Breakfast – Allendale Township Hall

    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

    5:00pm – 8:00pm: Concert Pavilion Live Entertainment – Allendale Township Park

    10:00pm/Dusk: Fireworks – Allendale High School

  • Helpful Links

    Advertise - Sponsorship Form

    Join in the Parade - Registration Form

    Artisan Vendor Fair - Registration Form

    Car Show - No registration necessary. Bring $5 cash. 


  • Parade Route Map 


  • Thank You Sponsors!! 

    Firework & Premier Event Sponsor



    Patriot Sponsors


    Stars & Stripes Sponsor 

    Walcott Elevator                


    Gold Sponsors



                        Ralph Meyers Trucking

    THE MEAT MARKET           


    Silver Sponsors

    Absolute Security
    Allendale Animal Hospital 
    Allendale True Value
     Auto Body Xperts
    Brusveen Family Chiropractic 
    Chemical Bank
    Diemer Accounting
    Great Clips
    Jet’s Pizza
    Peppino’s Express 
    The Rouge Salon
    Veteran Disposal


    Event Hosts

    Allendale Area Chamber of Commerce 

    Allendale Charter Township