Independence Day Parade

Event details

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

The July 3rd Parade is less than a month away.  This is by far the biggest event that the club sponsors.  Thousands of people will line the mile long parade route on Appleton to see the parade.

We need many members to volunteer on July 2 and 3rd. Feel free to bring your friends and family to join the fun.  Thanks to everyone who has already offered to help.

Here is a list of areas that need volunteers:

Making cotton candy.  We have openings on 3 of the 4 shifts. We need help on July 2 from 8 – 10 and on July 3 from 8 -10 and 10 – noon.  We have 2 cotton candy machines so we like to have 6 volunteers per shift.  We make cotton candy at the Community Center.

Land Grab – We need volunteers to help on July 2 from roughly 6:30 – 7:30.  The police are present along the route as people run to claim their viewing area for the parade.  Club members will have vests on and just keep an eye on the people.  Law enforcement will handle any problems.

Line – Up – Club members are assigned one of 6 streets in the staging area and help get the units in the right position for the parade.  There are stakes with numbers for each unit.  The time frame on this is roughly 5:30 – 7:30.

Bucket Brigade – Volunteers start canvassing the crowd as the parade starts collecting donations in buckets. The spectators are appreciative and generous.

Selling cotton candy and popcorn – We have teams of 2 -3 that are given a certain area on the parade route.  You will have a pole of cotton candy and a wheeled cart full of boxed popcorn. There will be golf carts that will come to you to replenish your supply or you can go to your zone captain for supplies. This is a fun family activity. Time frame is roughly 5:45 until 7:30 to 8:00 or when everything is sold.

Marshals – We need members to be present on the street to keep the units moving and watch for spectators who sometimes move into the street.  This time frame is roughly 6:00 until parade passes your area.

Once you sign up, you will be given detailed information.

As you can see, it takes many people to make the parade happen.  But what a fun event to be a part of. Let me know if you can help us.

Please contact Ann Freudenthal at or 414-881-6804.



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