Volunteers Needed For Everett July 4th Parade

The City of Everett Office of Emergency Management uses the annual July 4th parade to serve as a real world training exercise for city staff and volunteers. If you’d like to help put on a great parade and get some disaster response training the city would love to have you. Here’s what you need to know…


The crowd along Colby Avenue for the 4th of July parade usually runs 3 to 4 deep.

You can be part of downtown Everett’s largest event and one of the top parades in the North Puget Sound!

The Everett Office of Emergency Management together with the Cultural Arts Department organize the Everett 4th of July Parade every year.

It takes close to 200 City employees and 80 volunteers to make sure the parade flows smoothly and, most importantly, make sure that parade participants and spectators alike have a safe and fun time every year.


Volunteers make the parade possible. Photo courtesy Everett Office of Emergency Management.

We use this special event opportunity to do some training and exercising in Incident Command System (ICS) and basic disaster response skills for our City employees, CERT team members and local volunteers. Events like the Boston Marathon bombing incident remind us how valuable it is to have trained people in place during a pre-planned event, just in case something disastrous were to occur.

Time commitment required from volunteers:
1) We will hold 3 weeknight meetings in June preceding the Parade. These are critical to training and orienting volunteers to the complex event planning. The meeting schedule will be emailed to those who register to volunteer.
2) On the day of the Parade, we typically put in a 7-8 hour day (roughly 6:30 am – 2:30 pm).
All Parade volunteers will receive:
• Training
• The newly designed 2016 Parade T-shirt to wear and keep
• Refreshments and snacks the day of the Parade
• A Certificate of Appreciation signed by the Mayor
• A Special Recognition Dinner
• Those who have assisted the City with the 4th of July Parade for 3 or more years will receive service award pins

Sign up today!

Email Lynn Sterbenz at lsterbenz@everettwa.gov or call (425) 257-8111.

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