Independence Day Parade

Event details

  • Sunday | July 3, 2022
  • 7:00 pm - 11:59 pm
  • Appleton Avenue at Elm Lane Menomonee Falls WI 53051

After a 2-year hiatus, the annual July 3rd Parade is only 2 months away!  For those members who are new to the club, this big event is hosted by the Optimist Club.  I just did a count of the number of volunteer opportunities that need to be filled and I came up with 88.  That should not be a problem for a club as large as ours.

Please mark your calendars for that day.  Later in May and during June, I will be contacting all members to volunteer.  We need members to make cotton candy, sell cotton candy and popcorn, be in the Bucket Brigade, be a marshal, help with the land grab, help get the units lined up, and so much more.  There is something fun for everyone.

If there is an activity that you want to sign up for, please contact me at



The Optimist Club organizes and finances the Independence Day Parade which is always held on the evening of July 3rd at 7:00 pm. This extravagant parade, attended by over 25,000 viewers, costs the club approximately $20,000 to bring in marching bands and special parade groups and the club pays them anywhere from $100 – $3000 to participate in our parade.  The Optimist Club greatly appreciates all the financial support from our “Super Sponsors:” The Village of Menomonee Falls, Knights of Columbus, Malkins Carpeting, Cousins Subs, Rainbow Childcare and Harley Davidson—and any additional support from members of the community who generously give to the Bucket Brigade as they walk the parade route, grateful for any and all donations they receive.  The Club also devotes a lot of volunteer hours to making cotton candy and popcorn and selling both along the parade route to help finance the parade!!

The Independence Day Parade is the largest of the three parades held in Menomonee Falls. This parade is very well attended and precedes the annual fireworks display held at Menomonee Falls High School. The parade route starts on Appleton Avenue at Elm Lane and proceeds southeast to Woosencraft Drive, finishing on Titan Drive.

Independence Day Parade participants should submit their entry form at least 45 days prior to the date of the parade.

For more information about participating in the Independence Day Parade, contact Steve Fleming 262.385.6499 or Charlie Keller 262.241.5489

Please complete the online Parade Entry Form AND the Independence Day Filming Form

Mail any applicable fees due to Menomonee Falls Optimist Club, Attn: Steve Fleming, PO Box 627, Menomonee Falls, WI 53052.

Menomonee Falls Parades

Independence Day Parade Chair: Steve Fleming