How to Host a Children’s Bike Parade

by Mel

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Want to plan a Children’s Bike Parade but feeling overwhelmed? Keep reading for tips to create a fun parade for the 4th of July or a neighborhood party.

You’ll also learn how to create a balloon arch for $20! 

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A CHILDREN’S BIKE PARADE IS SO FUN!

A few years ago, we were put in charge of our neighborhood’s 4th of July breakfast. Our family was new to the area and as part of the LDS faith, we are asked to serve in our congregation in this capacity. We had no idea what we were doing, but we came up with a few ways to make this breakfast extra festive for everyone.

Since that first year, we’ve hosted other bike parades, so we’ve got a few tips and tricks up our sleeve. So let me share what we’ve learned and hopefully it will make it less overwhelming for you.

Because guess what? I’m pretty sure that we scored cool neighbor points by hosting this breakfast and parade. Not that being cool matters. But it was super rewarding to see so many people enjoying themselves.

And the fact that they asked if we would host this every year pretty much says that it was a big hit. Just sayin.

WHAT DOES THE BIKE PARADE ENTAIL? 

The gist of a bike parade is this:

  • Round up the children in your neighborhood for a Children’s Bike Parade on the 4th of July. It’s super festive on the 4th, but you really could do it on another day, too.
  • Let each child decorate a bike, scooter, tricycle or anything they can ride. They can come with their bikes decorated or decorate them at the party. 
  • Keep it simple by sticking to the parade and serve up a simple breakfast along with it.

BREAKFAST IDEAS FOR A GROUP

If you want to make an event out of it, serve a breakfast before or after the parade. 

Don’t stress it! You can go all out with a big breakfast or keep it really simple and make it potluck style! If you go the potluck route, tell everyone to bring their favorite breakfast food! 

HERE’S SOME PATRIOTIC BREAKFAST IDEAS: 

YOU’LL ALSO NEED: 

  • paper plates, napkins, cutlery, cups
  • bottled water, juice, milk, chocolate milk, etc.
  • garbage can, garbage bags 

HOW TO MAKE A $20 BALLOON ARCH

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Take your bike parade up a notch by creating a festive balloon arch that the kids can ride through! Now, before you say to yourself that making a balloon arch is too complicated, let me assure you that it’s much easier than you think!

If you’ve been around this website for a while, you know I’m all about simple tutorials and making a balloon arch is no different!

I’ve written a detailed Balloon Arch Step-By-Step Guide here. Plus, your balloon arch will only cost $20 to make. And that includes balloons!

DECORATE BIKES AND SCOOTERS

Half the fun of a bike parade (besides riding through the balloon arch of course 🙂 ) is looking at all the decorate bikes. Especially if your bike parade is on the 4th of July, you’ll love seeing all the red, white and blue adorn the bikes. It seriously makes for one festive morning.

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SIMPLE BIKE DECORATION IDEAS:

The sky is the limit for bike decorations, but here’s a few options:

  • red, white, and blue crepe paper
  • mini American flags
  • red, white, and blue bows
  • Patriotic decor from the dollar store
  • bells tied with red, white, and blue ribbons
  • balloons
Tips: Have children decorate their bikes before the parade or set up a decorating station for them to decorate their bikes at the party!

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OTHER TIPS FOR YOUR BIKE PARADE!

  • Have a flag ceremony at the start of your breakfast and parade
  • Play Patriotic Music during the breakfast and parade with this free Patriotic Playlist 
  • Have a parent’s parade/candy toss. Have all the children sit on the curb and the parents can throw out candy as they walk by.
  • Give all the children squirt guns and let them get the dads wet.

HOW DOES THE BIKE PARADE WORK? 

The sky is the limit with your bike parade, but for us, this is what worked well:

  • We had all the children park their bikes/scooters at “Bike parking” during the breakfast.
  • Before the parade started, we had all the kids line up under the balloon arch for a big sendoff.
  • They rode the “course” twice, and by course, I mean just a few times around the block where we could see them.
  • They finished by riding back under the balloon arch.
  • After the parade, we did a parent’s candy toss. We had all the children line up along the curb and the parents walked down the street throwing candy to the kids. 

I hope these ideas have helped you feel confident to throw a super fun children’s bike parade! 

If you have any questions, shoot me an email ([email protected]) or leave a comment and I’ll get back to you!

And don’t forget to tag me @sofestive on Instagram so I can feature you! 

Pin this for easy reference later! Happy Parading! 

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