Bike Decorations for 4th of July Parades
4th of July Bike Parade
In our town the 4th of July is a family day starting with a colorful bike parade. From the youngest to the oldest, we spend the morning decorating our bikes and ourselves in red, white and blue.
The planning starts weeks before and the fun begins on July 4th with everyone decorating bikes, skateboards, wagons(for the little ones) and anything else on wheels to participate in the 4th of July parade.
photo by SLO County Bicycle Coalition
Ideas for Decorating Your Bike - A 4th of July Display
- Loads of red, white and blue crepe paper are needed to wrap around spokes, handle bars and bike frames.
- Small American Flags to tape on the front or rear of the bike-nothing is more patriotic than a flag!
- Pom-poms look great stuck in the handle bar handles (if you can find red, white and blue!)
- Patriotic t-shirts, socks, bike helmets and other items to make you look "dressed for the part."
- Horns, whistles and bells. A little noise makes for a fun parade!
Decorating Bikes for 4th of July - also; wagons, strollers, tricycles/pretty much anything on wheels
Will you join the fun? - Marching or Riding Your Bike
photo by Bob n Renee@flickr
If your town has a parade how will you participate?
T-Shirts for the 4th of July - Great to wear for the bike parade and celebration!
A Tiny History Lesson About the 4th of July - It all began in 1776
In Philadelphia, in the year 1776, the Continental Congress met. They voted on and adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776 which would break their ties with Great Britain.
Exactly one year later on the 4th of July, the city of Philadelphia closed the Congressional offices and celebrated their freedom with fireworks, huge bonfires and ringing bells.
This was the first 4th of July celebration in America.
photo by bayasaa@flickr
Red, White and Blue
Tiny History of Bicycles
The first bicycle with pedals appeared in 1865. It was made of wood and was difficult to ride on cobblestone roadways.
The High Wheel Bicycle came into play in 1870. The rider was very high off the ground and if he fell often landed on his head. This started the term "taking a header" .
There have been many, many types of bicycles leading to the bikes we know and enjoy today.
photo of High Wheeler by Agnieszka Kwiecień@Wikimedia Commons
Bike is Perfect for the Parade
We dare not forget that we are the heirs of that first revolution.
~ John F. Kennedy ~
t"Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people."
~ Abraham Lincoln ~
All we have of freedom, all we use or know -This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.
~ Rudyard Kipling ~