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July 4th Pet Parade

4th-girl-wagon-300px.jpg4th of July Pet Parade - Free

Sponsored by Bend Pet Express
& Presented by Bend Kiwanis Club

A Community Tradition in Downtown Bend since the 1930’s - a designated Oregon Heritage Tradition

Come celebrate our country’s independence on July 4th with Bend Park & Recreation!

Start out your day's festivities with the Pet Parade through downtown Bend then follow up with the Old Fashioned July 4th Festival in Drake Park from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Parade Participants:

  • All ages welcome.
  • Come dressed in costume with your pet or stuffed animal on pulled wagons, bikes or trikes.
  • No registration necessary.
  • Kids receive a keepsake button and popsicle.
  • Pets must be leashed – be responsible for and clean up after your pet.
  • No rabbits, cats or aggressive dogs.
  • If you have large animals, please arrive early.
  • Cyclists and equestrians, wear your helmets.
  • Please do not give away or sell animals.
  • No solicitation, commercial floats, motorized vehicles, motorcycles or distribution of anything to spectators.
  • Decorating Party & Parade Line Up: 9:00 am, Parade Begins: 10:00 am.
  • Lineup is on Wall Street in front of the Bend LaPine School Dist. Admin Building.

Pet-Parade-Map-2015.Parade Schedule, Lineup & Route:

The decorating party and lineup begins at 9:00 am on Wall Street in front of the Bend La-Pine School Dist. Admin Building at 520 NW Wall Street.  Horses and other large animals, please line up at Wall Street and Idaho by the Boys & Girls Club. Equestrians - please wear your helmet and arrive early.  The parade begins at 10:00 am, sharp!

Downtown road closures take place from 9:15 am – 12:00 pm. Please use alternative transportation if possible. If you need to drive, free weekend parking is available in the parking garage on Lava Street. There will also be a free bike valet area in Drake Park near the permanent restrooms.

Download Pet Parade map and flyer (PDF)

For more details or accessibility information, call Bend Park & Recreation District at (541) 389-7275.

Tips for Pet Safety in Warm Temperatures
at 4th of July Pet Parade

While tradition calls for fun at the 4th of July Pet Parade, precautions are necessary in temperatures forecasted to be over 90 degrees on the holiday. The parade host Bend Park & Recreation District and the Humane Society of Central Oregon want parade participants’ pets to remain healthy and safe in the warm temperature. Be prepared to adapt your parade plans. Some considerations include bringing a stuffed animal instead, using a wagon to pull your pet or, if needed, leaving the parade route if your pet demonstrates intolerance towards the heat.

“Warm weather can bring a danger to our pets that we do not always consider. Heat strokes are a common occurrence here in Central Oregon where we have numerous days above 90 degrees,” said Dr. Chad Moles, DVM, of Blue Sky Veterinary Clinic in Bend.

“Dogs’ main cooling mechanism is through respiration/panting and they do not handle heat as well as humans do.  Inadequate shade and/or hydration on a hot day can put even the healthiest pet at risk for overheating,” said Dr. Moles. Senior, obese, short muzzled dogs (Pugs, Bulldogs, Boxers, etc.) and long-haired breeds are discouraged in extreme heat.

Another concern in high temperatures is hot asphalt which can cause damage to paw pads. A recent asphalt temperature was 140 degrees with ambient temperature of 86 degrees. Based on observations of recent days with temperatures into the high 90's, the temperature should be around 70 degrees at 9:00 am and climbing to about 82 degrees by 11:00 am.

Tips for keeping your pet comfortable at the Pet Parade include:

  • Before and after the parade, find a cool, shaded place to rest.
  • Do not arrive too early: staging begins at 9:00 am; the parade starts at 10:00 am.
  • Bring plenty of cool water for you and your pet. Water will be available at parade staging area and en route – just look for the orange flags.
  • Allow dogs to cool off in the water pools at the staging area.
  • Consider using booties to prevent paw injuries and tar from adhering to paw pads.
  • Get creative and place your pet in a shaded, decorated stroller or wagon to keep them off of the hot asphalt.
  • Watch for signs of your pet’s paw pads overheating or soreness - picking-up paws, seeking shade and avoiding walking by sitting or lying down.
  • Do not leave your pet in the car, not even for a minute.
  • Learn to recognize the signs of heat stroke: Faster, heavier panting; excessive thirst and/or drooling with hanging strands of saliva; whining or signs of agitation; decreased responsiveness; glassy eyes; increased pulse/ heartbeat; elevated body temperature and staggering, weakness, collapse, seizures and/or unconsciousness.
  • If your pet shows heat-related symptoms, immediately go to the First Aid booth at the staging area, a nearby shaded area or a dog-friendly business that may let your dog cool in the air conditioned store so you can assess your pet’s condition. Before, during and after the parade, Dr. Moles will be on site at the Information/First Aid booth and available to assist pets.

If you think your pet will be challenged by warm temperatures, BPRD and the Humane Society of Central Oregon encourage you to leave your pet at home.

Should you need any emergency veterinary services over the holiday weekend, the Animal Emergency of Central Oregon in Bend will be open 24 hours a day from 5:00 pm on Friday, July 3rd to 8:00 am on Monday, July 6th. The clinic’s phone number is (541) 385-9110.


Pet Parade History & Fun Facts: Yesteryears & Today


  • The first mention of the Pet Parade was in the Bend Bulletin dated June 30, 1932. 100 children competed for a first prize of $4, second prize of $2 and nine $1 prizes. It was part a three-day celebration which included the Water Pageant.
  • Doris Grubb won first place in the first Pet Parade with her cat riding in a baby stroller. In 2005, Doris, at age 77, returned to the Pet Parade again for Bend’s 100th year anniversary.
  • There were 5,000 spectators at the first recorded Pet Parade and all through the 1930's there were no less than 5,000 spectators at each parade.
  • A badger won 6th place in the 1932 Pet Parade.
  • In 1933 Louise Stacy won first place in the girls division dressed up as the Statue of Liberty. She only received the vote of two judges due to her chewing gum and that the Statues of Liberty in New York was not a gum chewer, causing unrest with the judges!
  • Parade sections had to be well planned to avert scuffles between the animals.
  • Just like today, there were a variety of unique pets in the 1930’s including June bugs, cats, deer, badgers, gold fish, chickens, squirrels, ducks, oxen, calves, a pet eagle, baby coyotes, and two fawns in a netted baby buggy.
  • In 1933, "cross dogs and rattle snakes" were barred from the parade. In the 2000’s, we have replaced that with "no aggressive dogs allowed" . . . nothing changes!
  • A special treat of lemonade was passed out to all the participants by the Bend Fire Dept. The tradition continues today with popsicles for all participating kids.
  • There were very few pets entered in the 1941 Pet Parade.
  • In 1943, there was no formal celebration as it was World War II.


  • Bend Park and Recreation has organized and produced the Pet Parade since 1949, when time Park and Recreation was part of the city.
  • In 2014, the Pet Parade was designated as an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Heritage Commission.
  • Today’s Pet Parade features an estimated 8,000+ participants and spectators.
  • It's the largest parade in Bend.
  • Variety of animals are in the parade each year, from dogs, horses, llamas, gold fish, chickens and rats, to lizards, goats, bulls, cows, sheep and guinea pigs . . . to name just a few!
  • The parade is a great regional draw for the community. It's goofy, off the wall and is a much-loved tradition of Bend!