3 Ways to Parade at Home

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3 Ways to Parade at Home

May 19, 2020
posted by Mindy Schanzle


It's official - summer is in full swing! Even though our typical summer activities and celebrations look a little different this year, we can still keep our traditions going with a few modifications. Parades are a perfect example. Families can enjoy this summer staple right at home with a little creativity, planning, and imagination. We have been so inspired by all of the car parades families and communities have been hosting for graduations, birthdays, and other major life events that we came up with our own ideas to parade with your Radio Flyer wheels this summer. Here are 3 ways that families can parade at home this 4th of July.


1. DIY Decorations

Whether you have an actual parade or not, you can still celebrate the season at home with your own DIY decorations! Break out the red, white, and blue and deck out your favorite set of wheels. You can use materials you have at home – construction paper, glitter, yarn…whatever you have in your craft drawer. Plus, making the most of what you have laying around is the perfect chance for you and your kids to flex your creative muscles and brainstorm some festive DIY 4th of July décor. Need a little help getting started? Check out some of our favorite ideas for dressing up your wagon or tricycle.



2. Pretend Play Parade

Encourage your little ones to put their imagination caps on and host their own parade around the house! Kids will love playing the role of parade planner, and there is plenty they can do to add to the fun of this pretend play idea.

  • Create a music playlist to listen to during the parade – it can be patriotic music, country jams, pop hits – you pick the theme of the parade!
  • Plan a route. Little ones can use paper and crayons to map it out indoors, or chalk is the perfect route marker for an outdoor adventure.
  • Get your imaginary friends involved! Kids can line up their stuffed animal friends, dolls, and action figures outside along the driveway or sidewalk as the “audience” to watch them ride on by. Or, they can decorate their toy wagon and pull their favorite friend around the house for an indoor parade. Mom and Dad, you can be the adoring audience in this scenario and even have grandparents and other relatives join via video call.



3. Plan a Socially Distant Neighborhood Parade

Coordinate with your neighbors to plan your own 4th of July neighborhood parade! Depending on what guidelines are in place where you live, this idea can come to life in plenty of different ways. Maybe everyone walks around the neighborhood together with each family adhering to local and national recommendations like maintaining 6 feet of social distance and wearing masks. Families can take turns making their grand walk down the street with everyone else staying in their yards and cheering them along. Or you can simply turn your family walk into a parade – decorate your wagon, pick out some fun music, let your neighbors know what time you’re headed out, and wave to everyone in their windows as you walk by! We can still be connected even when we’re apart. No matter how your neighborhood parades, it’s sure to be a fun activity that will bring smiles to everyone involved!



How will your family parade at home? Let us know your ideas by using #radioflyer!