Afton's 4th of July Parade & Celebration

Food - Drinks - Music
NEW - Trolley Rides!!

Noon start - Afton Main Street

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Afton Parade Sponsors

Official Vehicle of the 2016 Parade

Trolley Sponsor
Trolley Sponsor
Health & Safety Sponsor
Gold Sponsor
Silver Sponsor
Kids Bike Decoration Station Sponsor
Bronze Sponsor
Kids Art Tent Sponsor
Pets on Parade Sponsor
Official Beer Sponsor
Bronze Sponsor
Bronze Sponsor

For Sponsorship Opportunities contact Deb Larson at


Grand Marshal

Dave was born and raised in Minnesota, Dave attended the University of Minnesota and earned his degree in meteorology from Florida State University before coming home to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS in 1977 and and has been on the air since 1979. Dave actively supports many worthy causes in our communities. To name a few: Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Kiwanis, Rotary, and on a very personal level, the American Heart Association - in gratitude for his daughter Kayla's successful heart surgery at the age of two. Dave has received the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval for television and radio weather broadcasting and was named 1998 Broadcaster of the Year by the Minnesota Broadcaster's Association. Other professional accomplishments include producing a documentary on tornado-chasing for The Weather Channel and a special report on The Discovery Channel for his tornado chase in April 1996. Dave also received an Emmy Award in 2003 for Single Newscast ("Wellstone Crash").

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.  Sunday July 3rd from 4 PM to 7 PM and Monday, 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 Shuttle, $3 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 - $3 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 & $3 Shuttle Bus Ride

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

Parking / No Parking Zones

Afton Map on Google