After a canceled event in 2020 and a house float tour in 2021, the eccentric Northside Fourth of July Parade will be back in full swing this year, according to the event's Facebook page.
Starting at noon on July 4, thousands will line Hamilton Avenue — the neighborhood's main drag — to see creative handmade floats from vintage stores, bars and community organizations; local marching bands; drill teams; every local politician you’ve ever heard of; ladies dancing with lawn chairs; guys dancing with power tools; and other unexpected and delightful displays of pride and spirit.
The free procession is the centerpiece of a weekend of events down at the Northside Rock N’ Roll Carnival. Details are still being finalized for that event, which will take place July 2-4 at Hoffner Park. It typically includes a weekend of live music, vendor booths, local beer and food trucks.
The Northside Fourth of July Parade was launched in 1852, according to its website, to celebrate and raise funds for a local orphanage. It went on hiatus in 1960, when the orphanage relocated, but was brought back in 1970 and has been a marquee event of the summer ever since.
This year's parade committee has a volunteer sign-up list to help "make 2022's parade the best yet."