Afton's 4th of July Parade & Celebration


Food - Drinks - Music
Trolley Rides

Afton Main Street

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Afton Parade Sponsors

Official Vehicle of the 2018 Parade

Gold Sponsor
Gold Sponsor
Trolley Sponsor
Bronze Sponsor
Kids Bike/Trike Decoration Sponsor
Beer & Beverage Sponsor
Media Sponsor
Community Sponsor
Community Sponsor
Community Sponsor
Community Sponsor
Bounce House Sponsor
Bounce House Sponsor
Kids Art Pavilion
Kids Art Pavilion
Kids Art Pavilion
Kids Art Pavilion

For Sponsorship Opportunities contact Sarah Sweeny at


Rebecca and Paul Nickerson
Grand Marshals

“The Afton Parade Committee and the Afton Historical Museum are very pleased to announce that Afton Resident Randy Meier is this year’s 4th of July parade Grand Marshal. Randy has been a mainstay on Twin Cities TV for some time now. You see him on FOX 9, Sunday through Thursday, anchoring FOX 9 News @ 5:30, 6 and FOX 9’s 10 @ 10. He’s married to his college sweetheart and they have five…count ‘em, FIVE wonderful daughters who are all young women now succeeding out in the world. With the fledglings all out of the nest, Randy and his wife have more free time on their hands lately. They spend it enjoying any outdoor activity, including time at their cabin and traveling. Randy brings his big dog Rocky to FOX 9 for the occasional visit which makes everyone's day. But did we mention he has a pet goose?”

The Parade

Don’t miss the River City Rhythm Drum and Bugle Corps performing in 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 12:30 SHARP
  • PARADE VEHICLES, TRAILERS OR WAGONS — limited to a max width of 8’ 6”. Any vehicles exceeding that width will not be allowed to participate in the parade and will be asked to leave the parade
  • 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
  • Safety Person - all parade entries with vehicles must provide at a minimum one safety person to precede the vehicle on the front right side of the vehicle to provide a safe buffer between the crowd and the vehicle.


Parking / Shuttle / Trolleys

  • Free Off-site Parking and a free shuttle bus will run from the Lakeland Plaza parking lot to Afton City Hall starting at 10:00AM and edning at 3:00PM. The shuttle bus will take a break during the parade.
  • SHUTTLE BUS will patrol the Coulee Road (Co. Rd. 21) looking for passengers making that long walk from their parking spot. The bus will run from 45th street to River Road. Then pick up the Trolley to your favorite viewing spot.
  • MORE SHUTTLES – this one looping from Afton Blvd. Court to the Museum picking up passengers parked along Afton Blvd. Once again, when you arrive in the Village pick up a ride on the Trolley.
  • TROLLEYS— FREE trolley rides within the Village of Afton. Runs the length of Afton’s Main street (Afton City Hall to River road) 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 12:15 PM and remain closed until the parade has completed its route (approximately 2:00 PM).
  • 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