Summerlin hosts Fourth of July parade

The entire Las Vegas Valley is invited to celebrate Independence Day at the 23rd annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade, Southern Nevada’s largest and most colorful Fourth of July parade. More than 35,000 people attend this annual event that is free and open to the public.

It kicks off at 9 a.m. on July 4 with an escort division starting at 8:30 a.m. The parade begins at the corner of Hillpointe Road and Hills Center Drive in The Trails village of Summerlin. Participants travel south toward Village Center Circle, then west on Trailwood Drive. The parade ends prior to the corner of Trailwood Drive and Spring Gate Lane.

The parade features more than 70 entries, including traditional floats, giant inflatable balloons, American military heroes, bands, musical groups and a variety of kids’ favorite storybook and cartoon characters. More than 2,500 people are participating in the parade, and more than 500 volunteers from dozens of local schools and community groups are assisting with parade operations.

Downtown Summerlin is offering a courtesy shuttle from its property to the parade and back on July 4. Shuttles will be available every 30 minutes between 7 a.m. and noon.