Children's Parade


Children's Parade2024 Children's Parade
Thursday, July 4 ~ Lineup begins at 10 am
North Main Street & West Juniper Avenue

The Fourth of July Celebration revelry continues Thursday, July 4, with the annual Children's Parade.

All area youngsters are invited to hop on their bicycles or be pulled along in a wagon as part of a "walking parade" designed just for them!

No registration is required and participation is free, but bicyclists must wear their helmets! 

The lineup begins at 10 a.m. at the intersection of North Main Street and West Juniper Avenue, near the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St., and the parade begins at 10:30 a.m. along North Main Street. The parade will end at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.

View Parade Map


Free parking for the July 4 festivities is available at Holding Park, 133 W. Owen Ave., and to a lesser extent at the Wake Forest Historical Museum. 

A good option is the gravel lot at the intersection of South Avenue and South Main Street graciously made available by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are critical to the success of the Children’s Parade and needed to help ensure the safety of the parade participants. Local civic groups and community organizations are especially encouraged to participate as are local students looking to earn community service hours.

Volunteer positions will require both standing and walking, all volunteers must be at least 14-years-old, and a volunteer training session will be offered prior to the event. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Children’s Parade Manager Dawn Nakash.

Crowd Release Notice

This is a public event held in a public place. Your likeness may be captured by the Town of Wake Forest for use in promotional, news, or informational media. Participation in this activity implies your consent to such uses. If you do not agree to the foregoing, please do not enter the event area.

Special Thanks

A very special thanks to Dawn Nakash, the Wake Forest Optimist Club, a group of incredible volunteers, and the Wake Forest Police Department for making our July 4 Children’s Parade possible.

Children's Parade

North Main Street & West Juniper Avenue