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July 4th Pet Parade & Old Fashioned Festival:

Presented by Bend Pet Express

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, local artisans crafts, 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

Sponsored by Bend Pet Express

A Community Tradition in Downtown Bend since the 1930’s

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 decorating party and lineup begins at 9:00 am on Wall Street in front of the Bend Lapine 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 – wear your helmet. The parade begins at 10:00 am, sharp!

Downtown road closures take place from 9:00 am – noon. Please use alternative transportation if possible. If you need to drive, 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.

ADA spectator areas are available on Wall Street, south of Franklin, and on Minnesota and Lava. ADA parking is available in the downtown parking garage and on Franklin.

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 Animal Emergency Center of Central Oregon in Bend (AEC).

“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.
  • Do not arrive too early: staging begins at 9:30 am; the parade starts 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 Animal 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, BPRD and AEC 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 Animal Emergency Center of Central Oregon at (541) 385-9110.

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

Sponsored by Bend Pet Express

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!

Make a day of it: Begin at 8:00 am in Drake Park with the annual Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast then cruise to downtown Bend by 9:00 am with your dog, llama, wagon, bicycle or stuffed animal for the popular Bend Park & Recreation District Pet Parade. The parade kicks off at 10:00 am sharp and circles through downtown for 1.5 miles.

After the Pet Parade, head back to Drake Park between 11:00 am – 4:00 pm to enjoy the Festival with live music, local artisans and delicious food. Don’t forget to cruise through the expanded Kids & Family Area brought to you by the Law Offices of Warren John West where kids of all ages will be entertained with FREE old fashioned fun and games.

July 4th Activities & Schedule: Tentative

Pancake Breakfast 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Presented by the Sunrise Lions Club

Live Music, Entertainment & Pie-eating contests!
Presented by Northwest Community Credit Union
11:00 am – 4:00 pm on Pavilion Stage

  • 11:00 am — National Anthem
  • 11:30 am — Music
  • 1:15 pm — Pie Eating Contest
  • 2:00 pm —  Music

Sign up for the Annual Pie Eating Contest at the Festival beginning at 11 am. Space is limited. Contest at 1:15 pm.

Old Fashioned Games: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Bend

3-Legged Race, Gunny Sack Race, Parachute Play, Hula Hoop Contest, Ball Relays, Water Balloon Toss, Sponge Relay, Watermelon Eating Contest

Kids & Family Fun Area: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sponsored by the Law Offices of Warren John West

It’s all fun and games with the following:
•    The Fish Fling – presented by Hydro Flask
•    Flush-a-Duck – presented by Brown & Brown Northwest Insurance
•    Helicopter Landing at 11:30 am in Harmon Park – presented by AirLink
•    The Bend Fire Department
•    Deschutes National Forest
•    Central Oregon Prospectors Association
•    Christian Family Adoption
•    Tula Movement Arts
•    The Humane Society of Central Oregon
•    Wildheart Nature School

Want to be a vendor at the 2018 Old Fashioned July 4th Festival?

Artists, Crafters, Food Vendors, Civic Organizations & Community Agencies
Join the fun and serve your community by becoming a vendor at the Old Fashioned July 4th Festival. A tradition since the 1930s, this festival continues to offer our community the largest one-day family event in Bend. Over 10,000 people come from Oregon and beyond for the Pet Parade preceding the Festival and then head to Drake Park to participate in the festivities, food, live music, games and shopping at over a hundred craft and community booths. Booth spaces (15′ X 15′) are available for artisans/crafters, nonprofits (with or without sales) and commercial business.

View the Vendor Booth Map (PDF) to see how the festival is laid out and where your type of booth could be located. We look forward to working with you!


Food Vendor Information

Returning 2017 Food Vendors -Registration now open!
Returning food vendors will be able to register for the same booth number/location as they had in 2017. If you participated as a food vendor in 2017 and would like to return for the 2018 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 2, 2018. Please reference your booth number from 2017 on the application. You should have received an email with this information.

Online information and application for festival food vendors are now available here: Returning Food Vendor Registration Packet (PDF)

New Food Vendors -Registration now open!
Applications are currently being accepted will be reviewed and selected between February and April 2018 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.

Online information and application for festival food vendors are now available here: Food Vendor Booth Registration Packet (PDF)

Craft/Artisan/Commercial Vendor Information

Returning 2017 Craft/Artisan/Commercial Vendors – Registration begins March 1st!
Registration for returning craft/artisan/commercial booths will be open March 1 – March 30. Vendors who participated in the 2017 Festival will be able to register for the same booth number/location for 2018 by registering online. You should receive an email from the event coordinator with specific instructions on how to register for the same booth number you had in 2017. You may register online, via email, by mail, phone or in person.

Online information and application for craft/artisan/commercial vendors is available here: Returning Vendor Booth Registration (PDF)

Returning 2017 Vendors – Want a different booth number?
Vendors who were in the 2017 festival wanting to reserve a different booth number/location or additional space may do so by emailing the event coordinator. Requests will be honored on an as-available, first-come, first-served basis until April 6th.

New Craft/Artisan/Commercial Vendors
Returning vendors have priority registration and new vendor applications will be put on a waitlist to be reviewed and selected on an as-needs basis for the event by April 2018. If you would like to get on the waitlist, please email the event coordinator below with your business or organization name and type of goods to be sold. Sue will contact you should there be an available booth opening.

Online information and application for craft/artisan/commercial vendors is available here: Vendor Booth Registration Packet (PDF)

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!

Amanda Jamison
Outreach & Events Coordinator

old wagonBend Pet Parade History & Fun Facts:  Did you know?


  • 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.


  • 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!

For more information, contact:

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