July 4th Parade
History

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.

Attendance: We served over 525 pancake breakfast last year!

For 2018:

The red, white & blue fun begins on Tuesday, July 3rd with our Kid’s Bike Decorating Event from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. For $5.00 we supply the decorations and kids are encouraged to use their patriotic creativity to bedazzle their bikes, strollers, scooters and wagons.

On Wednesday, July 4th, we begin the festivities at 8:30 am with a pancake breakfast served by the zany flip masters of Chris Cakes (who hold a Guinness Record for most pancakes flipped in an hour!). They will be sure to entertain you as you catch your flying pancakes. We’ll gather at 9:15 AM on the steps of the Cottagewood Store to recite the Pledge of Allegiance followed by our traditional Kid’s Parade led by the Excelsior/Deephaven Fire Department. Immediately following the parade, more pancakes will be served as Children’s Park becomes a carnival grounds where kids can play games for prizes, go down the giant inflatable slide, fish in the duck pond and test their throwing arm at the dunk tank. There will be other fun activities including temporary tattoos, a cupcake walk and an assortment of prizes to be won in our popular 4th of July raffle. Plan to arrive early at 8:00am to buy raffle tickets and wristbands for the carnival and pancakes so you don’t miss a moment of the patriotic fun!

  • July 3rd Schedule:
    • 4:00pm-5:00pm- Kid’s Bike Decorating Event

  • July 4th Schedule:
    • 8:00am- Ticket sales begin
    • 8:30am- Pancake Breakfast begins
    • 9:15am- Pledge of allegiance
    • 9:30am- Kid’s Parade
    • 9:35am-11:00am- Pancakes and carnival
    • 11:00am- Raffle Drawing and end of events

Everyone is welcome, kids, grandkids, pets and friends and family from afar. We look forward to celebrating America’s Birthday with you!