NICHOLS HILLS 4TH OF JULY PARADE
Beginning in 1959 and thought to be the oldest July 4th parade in Oklahoma, the Nichols Hills 4th of July Parade will be held at Kite Park located in the heart of the city. Maintaining its small-town appeal, the parade has kept the same format every year. It is open to all and decorated bikes, strollers, costumes, antique and classic cars are highly recommended and encouraged.
The parade starts promptly at 9:00 am with all children and those afoot lining up on Huntington at the intersection of Camden Way, directly adjacent to the Bandstand. With the blast of the fire engine siren, the procession will be led by the Nichols Hills Fire Department and Uncle Sam around the park to join the antique and classic cars on Bedford Avenue. The entire procession will then head west on Bedford to Devonshire then west to Hillcrest. It then proceeds south on Hillcrest to Camden then east to Kite Park.
Gathering on Bedford Drive at the intersection of Huntington Avenue, all the antique and classic cars need to be lined up, due west and ready to go by 8:30. Escorted by the sirens of the Nichols Hills Police Department, this procession will be followed by the fire truck and the children’s parade.
After the parade, various prizes and recognitions are awarded to parade participants and the famous Nichols Hills Band will play classic patriotic songs. Also, old-fashioned children’s games such as a balloon toss, the egg and spoon contests and the one and two-legged races will be offered. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.
As always, the parade and associated activities are non-political, non-commercial and designed for the enjoyment of children.
Mrs. Wiley S. Hugos, Chair, 755-6565