July 4th Activities 2022 


After two years of July 4th celebrations being pared down due to the pandemic, the Central Gardens Association is excited to announce the return of our traditional July 4th parade to our historic neighborhood, but this year, in a new location. The Central Gardens July 4th parade will move to York Avenue on Independence Day with the parade route starting in the rear parking lot of Immaculate Conception Cathedral (IC), marching eastward to the 1800 block of York, and then circling the median to return to the IC parking lot. All post parade activities will also take place in the IC lot.


The July 4th Committee cited the need for more greenspace and shade for the event as a primary reason for the move, but also touted the lovely homes and community spirit found on the sprawling avenue, “York Avenue is the perfect location for an event such as this. A beautiful median from which to watch the parade and under a sprawling canopy of shade trees,” said Kat Schwartz, this year’s July 4th parade chairperson. “Plus, the neighbors are super active and excited to be involved.”

Children are encouraged to dress in their favorite costumes celebrating America’s independence with prizes being awarded to the top 3 contestants. Prizes will include a commemorative ribbon and pies from Muddy’s Bake Shop. 

CGA will provide free hotdogs, chips, MemPops and beverages, with supplies limited. Guests are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs and picnic baskets with their own goodies to enjoy the day’s activities. 



CGA July 4th parade, Monday, July 4th

Parade registration takes place in the IC lot starting at 9am.

Parade starts promptly at 10am.

York Avenue closed to thru traffic from 8am-1pm.


We still need volunteers and judges for the parade. If you are interested in volunteering, please email [email protected]