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July 4th Pet Parade & Old Fashioned Festival:

Join us for a Bend tradition dating back to 1932 – a July 4th filled with old fashioned fun, food and festivities brought to you by Bend Park & Recreation District. The day begins with a pancake breakfast and the  ever popular Pet Parade where dogs, wagons, bicycles and stuffed animal walk the 1.5 mile parade through downtown Bend, Oregon.

After the Pet Parade, residents head over to Drake Park  to enjoy live music, food carts and FREE old fashioned fun and games for the kiddos and kid’s at heart.

Image of people and dogs in the Fourth of July Pet Parade, hosted by Bend Park and Recreation District.

4th of July Pet Parade

A Community Tradition in Downtown Bend since the 1930s – now designated as an Oregon Heritage Tradition.

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

Start out your day’s festivities at 10 am 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:

  • Kids of all ages are invited to participate. Come dressed in costume with your pet or stuffed animal on pulled wagons, floats, bikes or trikes.
  • Kids will receive a keepsake and popsicle.
  • No registration necessary. Lineup is downtown on Wall Street next to the School Administration building.
  • Pet must be leashed – you are responsible for your pet. No rabbits, cats or aggressive dogs.
  • Please do not give away animals.
  • No solicitation, commercial floats, banners, motorized vehicles, motorcycles or distribution on anything to spectators.

Parade Schedule, Lineup & Route:

The parade begins promptly at 10:00 am. The decorating party and lineup begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wall Street in front of the Bend-La Pine School Education Center, 520 NW Wall St. Bring leashed pet (sorry, no rabbits, cats or aggressive dogs) or favorite stuffed animal, plenty of water, pet clean-up bags and your bike, trike or wagon. BPRD will provide decorations, keepsake buttons and popsicles for the kids. Commercial signage, floats, solicitation, motorized vehicles and distribution of anything to spectators are prohibited. Horses and other large animals, please line up at Wall Street and Idaho by the Boys & Girls Club. Equestrians – wear your helmet.

Parking Information

Downtown road closures take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Alternative transportation is encouraged and there will be a free bike valet area in Drake Park near the permanent restrooms. Riverside Blvd. will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. If you must drive, free weekend parking is available in the parking garage on Lava Street or on-street near Harmon Park. Participants and spectators may not park on the parade route.

ADA Information

ADA spectator areas are located on Wall, Lava and Minnesota streets. Parking is recommended in the City of Bend Parking Garage.

Pet Safety Tips in Warm Temperatures

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, Bend weather can sometimes be rather warm on the holiday. As parade host, Bend Park & Recreation District wants parade participants’ pets to remain healthy and safe in hot weather.

“Warm weather can bring a danger to our pets that we do not always consider. Heat strokes are a sad but common occurrence here in Central Oregon where we have numerous days above 90 degrees,” according to the Bend Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center.

“Dogs’ main cooling mechanism is through respiration or panting and they do not handle heat as well as humans do. Inadequate shade/cover and/or hydration on a hot day can put even the healthiest pet at risk for overheating.”

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

  • Before and after the parade, find a cool, shaded place to rest.
  • Staging begins at 9:00 am; the parade starts promptly at 10:00 am.
  • Provide plenty of fresh water, available at parade staging area and en route – just look for the orange flags. Bring a water bottle for you and your pet as well.
  • Allow dogs to cool off in the water pools at the staging area.
  • Keep an eye on your pet’s foot pads for overheating or soreness.
  • 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; increased pulse/ heartbeat; barking, whining or signs of agitation; dark-colored gums or tongue; glassy eyes; elevated body temperature and staggering, weakness, collapse, seizures and/or unconsciousness.

The Bend Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center warns that obese and long-haired animals hold a greater risk to heat stroke due to added insulation. They also noted that heat strokes can commonly occur in brachycephalic dog breeds (ie. Pugs, Bulldogs, boxers, etc.) as their pug-noses offer a less efficient respiratory and cooling mechanism.

If you think your pet will be challenged by warm temperatures at the parade, we encourage you to leave your pet at home and possibly bring a stuffed animal instead.

Before, during and after the parade, a veterinarian will be on site at the staging area by the Information/First Aid booth. If you think your pet may be having a heat stroke at the parade, it is advised to move the animal to the Information Booth shaded area immediately and request assistance. If at any time you believe your pet may be suffering from heat stroke, contact your regular veterinarian or the Bend Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center at (541) 385-9110.

Image of a kid in the July 4th Pet Parade in Bend, Oregon.

Image of kids at the July 4th Pet Parade and Old Fashion Festival in Downtown Bend, Oregon.July 4th Old Fashioned Festival

Enjoy the holiday with your friends and family at the Bend Park & Recreation District’s Old Fashioned July 4th Festival. It’s a day filled with old-fashioned fun & games, food and festivities – you won’t want to miss out!

2020 is bringing changes to the Old-Fashioned July 4th Festival.

With Bend’s growth and the increased attendance of the festival in recent years, the decision was made to bring the event back to its original inception — a family event with old fashioned games, kids’ games, music and food.

Generations of Bend residents have enjoyed the simplicity of the festival and parks and recreation is what we do best! So get ready for more three-legged races, watermelon eating and pie eating contests and flinging fish into the river, in addition to live music, food and beverages.

Drake Park has a full schedule of special events each summer and we need to reduce our impact on the iconic place. The district is holding itself to the same footprint and use standards as others who reserve the space for outside events. Therefore, offerings will be limited to food and beverage.

We appreciate all that craft vendors have contributed to the event in the past and encourage July 4th festival attendees to seek them out at other community events.

2020 is bringing changes to the Old-Fashioned July 4th Festival.

With Bend’s growth and the increased footprint of the festival in recent years, the decision was made to bring the event back to its original inception — a family event with old fashioned games, kids’ games, music and food.

Vendors have made the event a huge success and we sincerely appreciate the contributions to the celebration over the past years.

Why are vendors no longer included in July 4th activities?

Drake Park has a full schedule of special events each summer and we need to reduce our impact on the iconic place. The district is holding itself to the same footprint and use standards as others who reserve the space for outside events. Therefore, offerings will be limited to food and beverage.

It was a difficult decision to make, but we hope with advanced notice, craft vendors can secure other opportunities for the holiday weekend.

When/how were past vendors notified about the change for 2020?

The district event organizer communicated this decision directly to past vendors in early 2020 in hopes to provide plenty of time to allow vendors to pursue other July 4th events.

Does this change impact other events that occur at Drake Park?

No, this change only applies to the district’s Old Fashioned July 4th Festival. Vendors who participate in other events that are scheduled at Drake Park, such as Munch and Music, should continue to work directly with those event organizers.

Is the district aware of the displacement of Saturday Market due to July 4th activities?

Once every 8 years, July 4th occurs on a Saturday and has an impact on the Saturday Market. The location for Saturday Market is the staging area for the historic Pet Parade attended by thousands of people and pets annually. Unfortunately, it’s not feasible to hold the parade and Saturday Market in close proximity to one another.

Food Vendor Information

Returning 2019 Food Vendors – Registration opens March 2-31, 2020!
Returning food vendors will be able to register for the same booth number/location as they had in 2019. If you participated as a food vendor in 2019 and would like to return for the 2020 festival, email the event coordinator listed below  for online registration information. If you are unable to register online, submit your completed application by email, mail, fax or in person at the Bend Park and Recreation District Office (799 SW Columbia Street) by March 31, 2020. Please reference your booth number from 2020 on the application. You should have received an email February 3rd 2020 with this information.  For applications and vendor registration packets please email Amanda at amandaj@bendparksandrec.org. There will be a few updated changes for this upcoming year.

New Food Vendors 2020 Email for wait list opportunities.
Applications are currently being accepted will be reviewed and selected between March and April 2020 based on the needs of the event. Please submit your completed application by email, mail, fax or in person at the Bend Park and Recreation District Office (799 SW Columbia Street). Online registration is not available for new food vendors. Payment is NOT required to be submitted with your application; your payment will be due once you have been selected as a food vendor for the event and given a booth number by the event coordinator.

Nonprofit Group Information

Kids & Family Area Agencies

Nonprofit groups interested in promoting their agency should contact the event coordinator and consider hosting a booth in the festival’s Kids & Family area. Groups are asked to provide a free engaging activity or active game for all ages to enjoy!

Email Amanda at amandaj@bendparksandrec.org

Amanda Jamison
Outreach & Events Coordinator

Bend Pet Parade History & Fun Facts:  Did you know?

Yesteryear:

  • 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 was 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.

Today:

  • 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!

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