Come Early on the 4th of July: Parking at Falls Park Affected by Parade Route

Celebrate our nation’s Independence Day with Mayor Mike Huether on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at the 4th of July Family Parade and Picnic at Falls Park. This event will feature a free lunch for the first 5,000 attendees, live music and entertainment, as well as a 5K run/walk and a parade down Phillips Avenue.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. near 13th Street and Phillips Avenue and travel down Phillips Avenue past Falls Park. Before the parade begins, attendees can access Falls Park from the east by Weber Avenue or the west by Phillips Avenue. Phillips Avenue will close at 9:40 a.m. Between 10:15 and 11 a.m., parking lots at Falls Park will not be accessible, as the parade route will force the closure of Falls Park Drive at Weber Avenue. Attendees are encouraged to arrive at Falls Park before 10 a.m.

Several blocks of Main Avenue, 11th Street, and 13th Street will close at 8 a.m. on Tuesday for parade staging. Phillips Avenue will close starting at 9:40 a.m., and all east/west streets from 13th Street to Falls Park also will be closed at Phillips Avenue during this time frame. Streets will reopen as soon as the parade is finished around 11 a.m. Those traveling through downtown on July 4 should use 14th Street.

ADA parking will be available at the Parks and Recreation Office at the corner of Sixth Street and Phillips Avenue. People movers will be available on the west side of Falls Park along Phillips Avenue for those needing assistance.

“We ask that people coming for the picnic plan to arrive early and take in the parade as well,” says Kelby Mieras, Park Operations Manager. “It will be a great day filled with a lot of fun activities.”

For more information about all of the day’s festivities, including maps of the parade route and available parking, go to www.siouxfalls.org/july4.