Muscatine Chamber & Commerce is looking for floats for the parade on July 4, 2022 | Local

MUSCATINE – The Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry has opened registration for Muscatine’s July 4, 2022 parade.

Muscatine’s 2022 Fourth of July Parade is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Monday, July 4, with staging and taping at 2 p.m. at Iowa Field on Fulliam Avenue.

The parade returns to Muscatine for the first time since 2019. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the parade. In 2021, street closures and construction zones blocked the parade route, and the parade was cancelled.

“After a two-year hiatus, we hope the community is happy to host our community parade again and that parade participants have fun with their floats for all to enjoy,” said Dena Ferreira, Marketing Coordinator and events. “It will be good for the community to see the street improvements that have taken place downtown as well as the new businesses that have opened.”

With float registration open, Muscatine residents and businesses can put their creativity to the test using this year’s theme, “Blast from the Past.” Float designers can choose their favorite decade and add a touch of “patriotic flair” to celebrate the holidays.

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The “Best of Show – Overall” prize of $300 will go to the float that best exemplifies the theme. Classic cars or custom rides entered in the parade compete for the title “Best of Show – Vehicle” and a $50 MakeitMuscatine gift card. The float chosen as “Mayor’s Choice” this year will receive a $50 MakeitMuscatine gift card.

Drivers of a float or vehicle must provide a copy of a valid driver’s license and proof of vehicle insurance with a minimum coverage limit of $100,000 per person/$300,000 per accident/100 $000 for physical damage.

Parade floats or vehicles must continue in a forward motion, with no parries or performances requiring them to stop. Horses should be well trained, used to crowds and ridden by people aged 12 or over. Those exhibiting animals must provide their own cleaning crew and cleaning equipment.

Candies may not be thrown from a vehicle or float for safety reasons, and participants may not spray water or any other liquid on parade spectators.

A complete list of rules is listed in the “4th of July Parade Entry Form” which can be found on muscatine.com under the “Events” tab. Questions can be submitted to Ferreira at [email protected] or by calling 563-263-8895. Registrations must be emailed to Ferreira or printed and mailed to the Chamber office no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Late registrations will not be accepted.