Afton's 4th of July Parade & Celebration

Food - Drinks - Music
NEW - Trolley Rides!!

Noon start - Afton Main Street

For the latest parade information, visit our facebook page

NOTE: Downtown Improvement Project Construction Will NOT Impact Parade Route


Afton Parade Sponsors

Official Vehicle of the 2017 Parade

Entertainment Sponsor
Entertainment Sponsor
Gold Sponsor
Gold Sponsor
Trolley Sponsor
Trolley Sponsor
Health & Safety Sponsor
Bronze Sponsor
Kids Bike/Trike Decoration Sponsor
Pet's on Parade Sponsor
"Love Float" Sponsor
Official Beer
Media Sponsor
Media Sponsor
Bounce House Sponsor
Kids Art Tent Sponsor
Kids Art Tent Sponsor
Kids Art Tent Sponsor
Kids Art Tent Sponsor

For Sponsorship Opportunities contact Deb Larson at


Rebecca and Paul Nickerson
Grand Marshals

The Afton Museum and Afton Parade Committee are happy to announce this year’s parade Grand Marshals, Paul and Rebecca Nickerson, owners of Selma’s Ice Cream Palour. Rebecca is 1 of 13 siblings raised on a cattle ranch in Timber Lake, South Dakota were she actively took part in the ranch chores including branding! She graduated from the School of Mines in Rapid City, South Dakota as a Mechanical Engineer in 1992. Rebecca went on to work for Boeing Aerospace in Seattle and later to Goodrich Aerospace in Jamestown, North Dakota as Director of Engineering for 15 years. Paul grew up in Sarles, North Dakota just north of Devil’s Lake. He was active in his family’s business as well. Paul also graduated from the School of Mines in Rapid City in 1986 as a Chemical Engineer and worked at EcoLab for 3 years.

In 2010 they discovered Selma’s for sale in Afton and knew they had to make it theirs. After renovating the building over the winter they opened in 2011 to a very grateful community where they employ about 15 kids, along with 6 of their own, during the year. All the Nickersons are community oriented and are generously supportive of all the events that take place in the Village.

Come to Afton on the 4th of July to meet and greet our new Grand Marshals in Town Square Park following the parade.

After the Parade

Afton’s Town Square Park

  • Music in the park
  • Food, crafts and beer tent

For the Kids

  • Bounce House
  • Kids crafts at the Park Pavilion
  • Kids Bike/Trike Pre-parade Decoration Station at Selma's Ice Cream Parlour.  Monday July 3rd from 4 PM to 7 PM and Tuesday July 4th, 9 AM to 11 AM.  Prize judging at 11:00 AM sharp. Judging at the parade lineup area. Call 651.436.5131 for more information.

Getting Around

  • TROLLEYS— FREE trolley rides within the Village of Afton. Runs the length of Afton’s Main street from 10: 00 til 3:00
  • Remote Parking / Shuttle rides from Lakeland Plaza

Things to do

  • Food Vendors
  • Beer Tent
  • Vendor Tents

Parade Rules

Parade Rules

  • PARADE LINE UP —line up at Afton Marina on a First Come First Serve Basis. Be in place starting at 9:00 and no later than 11:30. Parade starts at 12:00 SHARP
  • NO FEES—no charge to be in the parade
  • CASH PRIZES—for top three Parade Entries judged by the Grand Marshal
  • POLITICAL ENTRIES — One vehicle Limit—10 person limit
  • NO HAND OUTS ALLOWED— Hand outs end up on the street which costs money to clean up
  • KEEP PACE— keep up the pace, no gaps between vehicles
  • All Food Vendors are required to submit an application, liability waiver and pay an entrance fee prior to being allowed to participate in the event. All food vendors must be located in Afton’s Town Square Park.
  • YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE IF — The Afton Parade Committee (APC) reserves the right to refuse any entry which disrupts the parade or the flow of the parade


Parking / Shuttle / Trolleys

  • Off-site Parking with free shuttle, round trip from the Lakeland Plaza parking lot from 10:00AM til 3:00PM
  • TROLLEYS— FREE trolley rides within the Village of Afton. Runs the length of Afton’s Main street from 10: 00 til 3:00
  • NO PARKING —Afton’s Main Street is NO PARKING during the parade
  • PARKING — along roads leading into and out of Afton only
  • ROAD CLOSURES — all roads into and out of Afton close at 11:45AM and remain closed until the parade has completed its route
  • SHUTTLE BUS RIDES - from 10:00 til 3:00. See offsite map link on Contact page

Contact Us / Maps

Contact Us

Afton Parade Committee
A Non-Profit Corp.
14616 Afton Blvd. South
Afton, Mn 55001

Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers
to help direct traffic.
If you can help please
call or email us.


Use Paypal to donate to the
parade or to complete your
sponsorship responsibility.

Parade Lineup Area / Afton Marina

Offsite Parking & free Shuttle Bus Ride

(370 St. Croix Trail South, Lakeland, MN)

Parking / No Parking Zones

Afton Map on Google