Is There a Fourth of July Parade in Brooklyn?Yes ! There's a nice local 4th of July parade in Brooklyn, just as there is in many towns and suburbs across the United States.
But there's one hitch: Brooklyn's 4th of July parade is scheduled well before the July 4th weekend! So don't wait till Independence Day if you want to bring the kids to an old-fashioned, Norman Rockwell-esque, red-white-and blue parade with marching bands and lots of waving flags.
Brooklyn's July 4th parade is began in 1905, which makes it a historical artifact of sorts. The July 4th tradition is kept alive by the Knights of Columbus (specifically the Long Island Assembly #103, according to a local newspaper, the Bay Ridge Journal).
Brooklyn's July 4th parade is held in Dyker Heights, historically a predominantly Italian community near Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. So, after the parade, you can have some fun and nip into a local bakery for truly memorable canoli pastries, or drive over to
It's worth noting that Dyker Heights is also the site of some of the most extravagantly lit and decorated homes at Christmas time. The display of holiday lights in Dyker Heights is always mentioned on the local television news, and many New Yorkers try to drive through this neighborhood to view the displays. Clearly, this is one Brooklyn neighborhood that knows how to give a party!
Brooklyn's Fourth of July Parade: Where & WhenIn 2012, the The 107th Annual Fourth of July Parade details are as follows:
- Saturday, June 30, in Dyker Heights
- Formation begins at 11:15 AM.
- Parade Step Off: 12 Noon at 13th Avenue at 71st Street and proceeds to 86th Street.