Parade Entry Form

Rules for 2024 Parade

Parade Date: Thursday, July 4th at 10 a.m.

Parade Entry 

  • Make your float memorable! There are three categories for your float to win, “Best Overall,” “Top Urbandale Business,” and “Most Creative.” Each winner of the category will receive a trophy or ribbon and a social media post congratulating the business.
  • There is a $25.00 entry fee per entry. (Fee supports the fireworks and event costs)
  • Entries longer than three car lengths must pay an additional entry fee for each additional three car lengths. 
  • Mail application (or submit the following form) and payment/check to the digital payment method or address listed on the entry form.
  • Make check payable to Urbandale Iowa 4th of July Committee, Inc.
  • Completed Application, Insurance information and Payment of entry fees must be received no later than 12pm on Tuesday, June 25.
  • Insurance Requirements: All parade participants must provide a Certificate of Insurance showing the following requirements:
    • Must carry at least $1,000,000 Combined Single Liability limit or $1,000,000/$1,000,000/$1,000,000 Split limits for Auto Insurance. The total coverage amount can be done on the auto policy itself or a combination of the auto policy with a Personal/Commercial Liability Umbrella Policy. A business or organization can cover this if they either own and directly insure the vehicle in the parade of they can also cover it if they have Hired and Non-Owned Auto Liability coverage.
    • Click here to see a sample certificate of insurance that you can review or send to your insurance agency as an example 
    • Certificate must identify the following entity as an Additional Insured on the policy: Urbandale Iowa 4th of July Committee, Inc., PO Box 3656, Urbandale, IA 50323
    • Must send a copy of the Certificate of Insurance to Ben Buenzow by email to no later than the deadline of 12pm on June 25th. If you prefer to mail a copy, then please mail it to: Buenzow Insurance Group, 3273 100th St, Urbandale, IA 50322. It must be received no later than June 25th by mail as well.  
  • Applications received after 12pm on Tuesday, June 25, will be returned and will not be included in this year’s parade.

Parade entries and parade positions will be posted on our website by Monday July 1, 2024.

Parade entry needs to be in your assigned place by 9:00 am July 4th.

Questions about the parade can be sent to

Urbandale 4th of July Parade Safety Rules

The success of the Urbandale 4th of July Parade depends on you, the participants. The following rules will provide a safe and successful parade for entrants and spectators.  

Police and Safety Patrol 

  • Their role is to help with safety issues.  
  • You must comply with their requests for the safety of parade participants and spectators.  
  • If you do not to comply, your parade entry will be required to leave the parade route.  

Candy Distribution 

  • Candy and other items may not be thrown from the vehicle, float, trailer, etc.  
  • Walkers must walk to the curb and distribute candy to spectators. This will prevent the safety hazard of children darting into the street to retrieve candy.  
  • If you do not comply, your parade entry will be required to leave the parade route.  
  • Peanuts are not allowed because of possible allergic reaction.  
  • No squirting or spraying water or throwing water balloons at spectators.  

Entries Larger Than a Pickup 

  • There must be walkers on all four corners of the vehicle.  
  • Walkers must communicate to the driver when it is safe to resume driving. This will ensure the safety of children who may dart into the street to retrieve candy.  
  • No semis allowed because of obstructed views.  

Athletic Teams 

  • An adult must supervise from the trailer or back of the pickup.  
  • Athletic teams without adult supervision will not be allowed to enter the parade route.  

Gaps in the Parade 

  • Ensure that there are no more than 3 to 4 car lengths between your entry and the entry ahead of you.  
  • The safety patrol will ask lingering entries to close the gap.  
  • If you do not comply, your entry will be asked to leave the parade route.  

Other Rules

  • No loud noises which can be mistaken for gunshots.
Any violation of the above rules may result in a ban from next year’s parade