Dale City Parade to go Wednesday
– July 3, 2012 2:30 pm
DALE CITY, Va. – The Annual Dale City 4th of July Parade is set to begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
About 25 marching groups will join 155 floats that will parade down Dale Boulevard, from Lindendale Road to Minnieville Road.
It is the largest and most well-attended 4th of July parade in Virginia, said organizer Earnestine Jenkins.
A grandstand will be set up in front of the Comcast cable office on Dale Boulevard, where TV cameras will capture the event and broadcast it live on Comcast channel 2. Those who plan to attend show go early and bring lawn chairs, said Jenkins.
Drivers in the area should also plan for traffic delays, as two of the four lanes of Dale Boulevard between Mapledale Avenue and Minnieville Road will be closed and used for the parade route. Police normally direct two-way traffic on the westbound portion of Dale Boulevard in the area of the parade route.
“Everyone has worked so hard for to put on this year’s parade. We’ve got the biggest family-fun day planned yet, and this will be the biggest, best parade do date,” said Jenkins.
A family fun area will be set up in a parking lot next to the Comcast building, where vendors, crafters, and food trucks will set up. There will also be a visit from a medical helicopter, where children will be able to tour the aircraft, said Jenkins.
The parade began nearly 40 years ago with only six floats that traveled between Forestdale and Darbydale avenues.