This year the parade has a NEW route direction! The parade kicks off promptly at 9:30am at Barnard Way & Marine, turning onto Main Street headed North. Join us to watch anywhere along the Main Street route as we make our way up to the Civic Center, to Pico Blvd. The official grandstand announcement location will be in front of the Ocean Park Library.

Please note that the entire parade route and some streets leading to it will be closed to vehicle traffic ALL morning long, from 6AM - 12PM. Public parking can be found at lots off Neilson to the West, and please be mindful of residential restrictions to the East. We recommend walking, biking or scooting to watch the parade! 

Spectator information


Thank you for your interest in participating in Santa Monica's homegrown 4th of July Parade 2023! We will be accepting applications for participants shortly.

To prepare, we ask that all participant entries be decked out in festive attire, their groups and vehicles sporting red, white and blue. Music, children and pets on leashes are always welcome. 

Once we release the forms, a completed one must be turned in, and a confirmation email will be sent. Please note that ALL applicants must turn in the signed guidelines, and visit the donate page for their entry fee. 

You will receive a confirmation email to participate. Questions?