July 4, 2023
8:00AM - 12:30PM
Great Falls village Centre
A Free Community Event
4th of July Hometown Celebration
Join us as we celebrate the 4th of July throughout the day!
Morning festivities kick off with the Little Patriots Parade, followed by the Main Parade around the Village Centre. After the parade, head to the Village Green with your kids for food and fun!
Please note that dogs are not allowed at the Village Centre Green.
How to get more involved:
- Join the Hometown Celebration committee
- Volunteer at the morning festivities
- Register to participate in the Main Parade (free)
- Purchase booth space at the Hometown Celebration
Schedule of Events
Village Centre (no dogs allowed)
8:00am - 9:00am: TrailBlazers 5K Fun Run/Walk
8:00am - 2:00pm: INOVA Blood Drive
8:30am - 9:30am: Little Patriots Parade
10:00am - 10:30am: Main Parade
10:30am - 12:30pm: Festivities, Food, and Fun
TrailBlazers 5K Fun Run/Walk - 8:00am
Great Falls Library
Join the Great Falls TrailBlazers for the annual 4th of July 5K Fun Run. Meet at the Great Falls Library to leave sharply at 8am. This pet-friendly event is FREE and open to all ages. The trail makes a loop and goes through the woods, so jogging strollers are recommended for young kids. The first 200 finishers will receive a free t-shirt! Register now!
INOVA Blood Drive - 8:00am
Great Falls Fire Station
Stop by from 8am - 2pm to donate blood. Donated blood is essential to help patients survive surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. It all starts with one person making a generous donation. Appointments are available online or by calling I-866-256-6372 (Sponsor Code 7376) but not required.
Little Patriots Parade - 8:30am
Register at the Village Centre Green at 8:30am; Parade begins promptly at 9:00am
Calling all babies thru kindergartners (and siblings)! Dress up in patriotic attire and walk or be pulled in a decorated “ride” around the Village Green. Awards include Young George Washington, Miss Betsy Ross, Little Liberty, Best Decorated Wagon, Best Curly Hair, and Most Entertaining. Don’t miss this Great Falls tradition since 1955!
Sponsored by the Women's Club of Great Falls
Main Parade - 10:00am
Village Centre Loop
Grab a spot around the Village Centre parking lot loop to view the horses, antique cars, local clubs and organizations, fire trucks, and more. The parade begins on Columbine St, before turning onto Walker Rd and entering the Village Centre near Wells Fargo, and then hugging the lower outer loop. Judges will be across from Pio Pio to award the top participants!
Register to participate in the parade!
Hometown Festivities - 10:30am
After the parade, grab a snow cone, cotton candy, popcorn, or a slice of pizza as you chat with neighbors. Check out the commemorative merchandise, and enjoy the day as kids have fun on the inflatable slides and bounce house!
Please note that dogs are not allowed at the Village Centre Green. Activities do not open until the parade is over.
To purchase booth space for your business ($300) or local nonprofit / youth organization ($50), click here.
To sign up to volunteer, click here. (Thank you!!)
Main Parade Route
The Main Parade in the morning will follow the blue arrows. Bring your lawn chairs and grab a spot along the loop! If you are participating in the parade, note where to meet at the red arrows.
We are looking for volunteers to join the 4th of July Hometown Celebration committee to help plan the morning festivities. Whether you can volunteer a little or a lot of your time, we would appreciate your help with the advance planning!
Event volunteers are also needed for 1-2 hours to act as parade marshals, monitor the inflatables, and sell snow cones, snacks and merchandise. Tweens and older can earn community service hours. No experience necessary! Click here to volunteer the day of the event.