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Oxford gears up for the annual Fourth of July parade
Oxford Mayor Jerry Roseberry in the Oxford Independence Day Parade. - photo by File Photo

OXFORD, Ga. - The annual July 4th parade is right around the corner. 

If you are planning to register for the parade, registrations begin at 9 a.m. at the corner of Allen Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 803 Whatcoat St., Oxford. Any participant in the parade must sign a liability waiver and adhere to the rules set forth by the City of Oxford and Oxford Lions Club:

  • No one will be allowed to drive a vehicle in the parade without a valid Georgia Driver’s License and must be over the age of 18. No tractor trailers allowed or mobile homes/recreational vehicles.

  • All children riding on floats and vehicles must be accompanied by an adult.

  • It is requested that all entries be decorated in a holiday theme.

  • Participants who act, or use music or language that is deemed offensive by the organizers (Oxford Lions Club and the City of Oxford) will be removed from the parade.

  • All entries must be lined up and in position as directed by the committee no later than 10 a.m. If you wish to be judged, you must be registered and in the line-up by 9:30 a.m.

  • One decorated float is allowed per commercial entry, unless granted prior approval by the committee.

  • Candy cannot be thrown from floats. Walkers through the parade route can pass candy or favors.

  • Drivers of all vehicles will adhere to parade committee instructions at all times and will follow the directions of the parade route, maintaining a distance of 30 feet between vehicles.

  • Participants must display parade number issued at registration.

  • All animals must be on a leash or rein at all times.

  • Rules and Liability Waiver must be signed by responsible representative of group.

The parade will begin on the corner of Haygood Avenue and Stone Street and will end on West Clark Street.

2019 parade map

First and second place ribbons will be presented for the best in class for the following: equine/equine group, car, lawnmower, float, bicycle, truck, antique tractor and go-kart/ATV. Participants, who want to be judged, should be registered and in line no later than 9 a.m. 

After the parade, activities will be held at the Old Church, located at 1011 Wesley St., Oxford. The area churches will provide refreshments, popcorn will be provided by the Oxford City Hall and watermelon will be provided by the Boy Scouts and the Oxford Lions Club. 

There will be a musical performance by The Josh Millwood Band.