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Bike Decorations for 4th of July Parades

Updated on November 14, 2014

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

  1. Loads of red, white and blue crepe paper are needed to wrap around spokes, handle bars and bike frames.
  2. Small American Flags to tape on the front or rear of the bike-nothing is more patriotic than a flag!
  3. Pom-poms look great stuck in the handle bar handles (if you can find red, white and blue!)
  4. Patriotic t-shirts, socks, bike helmets and other items to make you look "dressed for the part."
  5. 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

4th of july parade
4th of july parade

photo by Bob n Renee@flickr

If your town has a parade how will you participate?

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T-Shirts for the 4th of July - Great to wear for the bike parade and celebration!

The Party is Here!

Patriotic Inflatable 6' Uncle Sam With American Flag By Gemmy
Patriotic Inflatable 6' Uncle Sam With American Flag By Gemmy

This six foot tall yard display if a wonderful way to show your patriotic spirit. Really adds to the festivities when hosting a bar-b-que or get together for the July 4th holiday. The air pump is included too!


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

high wheel bike
high wheel bike

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 KwiecieĊ„@Wikimedia Commons


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 ~

Any Plans for 4th of July? - Please stop and say 'Hi'

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      Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

      Some great ideas here that can be implemented for the next 4th of July celebration!

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      I grew up in a small town too and we always decorated our bikes for the parade and rode behind the fire truck and it drove slowly down the street to the park where we played games. It is a great tradition and I'm glad to hear it is still going on.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      A very interesting read. Love the patriotic theme - I must have missed that one somewhere.

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      Avi Wolfson 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great lens, thanks for sharing!

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      Avi Wolfson 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great lens, thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Our town doesn't have a parade, but will have fireworks tonight. Hope you are having a great 4th, survivoryea!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens, Love the decorations on the bikes etc idea. Congratulations on being on the front page of Squidoo. Hope you all had a happy 4th July celebrations. Blessed.

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      joannalynn lm 5 years ago

      Our small town has a parade that starts in a couple of hours. The parade participants throw candy, and kids run to grab as much as possible. My kids went from watching the parade to being participants. Now they've outgrown the parade :). Bicycles were always a big part of it from the time I was little, including putting playing cards in the spokes. Do you do that? We decorated the bikes just as you describe.

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Yes, we love to bbq! I'm afraid funds for the City doesn't allow a 4th of July parade :(

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      I just learned today about the "ringing of the bells" proclamation by way of an article my daughter wrote for a New England newspaper. Tomorrow, 2pm EDT ring those bells in honor of the signing of the US Constitution and honor America!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Happy 4th of July and congratulations for being on the front page of Squidoo. I love the idea of decorating your bike!

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      Nice way to add to the anticipation of the celebration.

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      floppypoppygift1 5 years ago

      You have made a magnificent lens here. Great work & congrats on your front page achievement! Cheers~cb

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      leonasharon 5 years ago

      HI, as you said

      Getting ready for tomorrow.

      Long night.

      Would be spending time with family.

      And you featured a great idea.

      Keep it up.

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      allenwebstarme 5 years ago

      Happy Independence Day to US People! Good ideas.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What wonderful community idea that is looked forward to with anticipation every year by young and old with generations in families showing their patriotism together wearing the colors of the red, white and blue and dressing up their bikes in patriotic style, fun!

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      Linda F Correa 5 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      We always decorated our bikes for the 4th It was just plain fun

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great idea to decorate bikes.

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      PaigSr 5 years ago from State of Confussion

      Fire works and ear plugs.

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      Hi, looks like bikes would be well decorated with these gizmos.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fun Stuff!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Parades are such fun! Great ideas here.

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      This brought back great memories of when my kids were little and participated in our town 4th of July Bike parades. What fun!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Very cute ideas.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Am not from the US. Wishes for a grand celebration!