How to Decorate a Wagon or Bike for 4th of July Parade

INSIDE: How to decorate a wagon or bike for a neighborhood 4th of July parade.

How to decorate a wagon or bike for 4th of July neighborhood parade | Dazzle While Frazzled.comWe moved into a fun and dynamic neighborhood a couple of years ago. Having lived in something of a “blah” neighborhood for too long, it was super exciting to parade down our main community street decked out in all things Red, White and Blue.

Let’s just say – at that time – our kids weren’t super adept at bike riding. And taking off downhill, with limited skills, was not exactly going to happen regardless of how much they whined and begged.


So mom enthusiastically sold them on taking the wagon to the neighborhood 4th of July parade instead. Womp, womp. Here’s how mom (aka: yours truly) turned our all-terrain sports wagon into something patriotic enough for Uncle Sam himself!
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4th of july wagon decorations for bike parade

This may come as a surprise to you but I have lots of holiday decorations. Shock, I know. I used everything I had stored away in my 4th of July decorations box.

Here’s what I used:
– Outdoor utility collapsible wagon (this is what I used)
– Patriotic paper fans
– Small USA flags
– Large velvet patriotic bows
– Red polka dot fabric (the same could be achieved with red plastic tablecloths)
– Wooden star cutouts (attached to the wagon via magnets) painted with craft acrylic paints
– DIY paper towel roll rockets

This is how our wagon started:
How to decorate a wagon or bike for 4th of July neighborhood parade | Dazzle While Frazzled.com

Step #1:
Cover the two long sides of the wagon with fabric swags or tablecloths. (I used fabric table runners that were actually for Christmas!)

Step #2:
Attach large velvet patriotic bows to the two front corners of the wagon.

Step #3:
Attach patriotic paper fans to the back of the wagon.

Step #4:
I used some previously painted wooden star cutouts. I attached magnets to the back of each star (using my favorite craft glue) and stuck them on the metal handle bars of the wagon.

I wrapped a couple of paper towel rolls with colored paper, glued on some paper polka dots and added some red tissue paper out one end to mimic the look of a rocket. These were attached to the wagon with pipe cleaners.

Step #5:
Attach some small American flags in the four corners of the wagon.

diy 4th of july parade decorating

Deck out in your most patriotic Red, White and Blue garb and if you’re in Arizona like we are, load on the sunscreen and fill a cooler with some festive drinks! Show your patriotic spirit as your haul three equally decorated kids up the neighborhood hill…just to (literally) head back downhill as soon as you get to the top.

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How do you celebrate the 4th of July? Let me know in the comments.

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6 thoughts on “How to Decorate a Wagon or Bike for 4th of July Parade

  1. Carol ("Mimi") says:

    For a few years, I lived in a small town that has an annual July 4 parade of kids on bikes, kids & dogs being pulled in wagons, people riding horses, etc. — all extremely decked out in patriotic decorations. It was always so fun to watch. Your wagon looks great!

  2. Leslie says:

    That is so cute! Our neighborhood doesn’t do anything for July 4th, but when we’re lucky, we get to go to Bald Head Island. They do a golf cart parade and decorating contest, which is just the BEST. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup

  3. Kathleen says:

    SO cute! Our village has a Flag Day Parade each year and we always dressed up the kids’ bikes and they would ride in the parade. It’s nice your neighborhood does something. Cherish the memories! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

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