July 4th Parade
If we had to describe the Cottagewood July 4thCelebration & Kid's Parade in one word it would have to be legendary. Without a doubt it is ourmost popular event of the season. Each year the Cottagewood July 4th Celebration and Kid's Parade attracts hundreds of people to Cottagewood to celebrate our nation’s freedom in Americana style.
It all started in July of 1961 when the Perry's and the Clark's, two families that at the time lived on Northern Road, decided to organize a kid's parade. After a brief but by all accounts inspirational speech by Bill Perry from the front steps of the Cottagewood General Store, this small band of patriots paraded down Northern Road to Sandy Beach around the block to Jefferson Street and ended back at the Store where they were treated to Popsicles. And thus the tradition began.
Today’s parade participants follow the same route taken during that very first parade over 57 years ago. ( in 2018) The Deephaven Police barricades the streets and the Excelsior Fire Department leads the multi‐generational parade of participants that include kids on bikes, tiny tots in strollers, teens on skate boards, human‐powered floats and patriotic pets all decorated in red, white and blue. Children's Park is transformed into a carnival grounds where kids play games for prizes, test their throwing arm at the very popular Dunk Tank and of course there is always a giant inflatable.