Judging and Awards


Award Categories

Grand Prize

Trophy awarded for the best overall entry, commercial or non-commercial, selected following the parade. This entry must be of a patriotic nature.

Mayor's Award

Non-commercial entry which best depicts the parade theme, chosen before parade begins at the lineup area, between 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.. Winner will be placed behind Mayor’s car in the parade lineup.

Spirit Award

Presented to the entry which best personifies a spirit of dedication, ingenuity, originality, and enthusiasm, and brings the greatest pleasure to and response from the spectators. Awarded by a panel chosen by the Board of Directors.

Director's Award

General award for an outstanding entry in any category. Award winners will be selected by the Directors of the Arlington 4th of July Parade Association.

Ruthe Jackson Memorial Award

May be selected by all judges or any 2 judges in their category. Head Judge must approve. Entry is the most patriotically decorated red, white and blue.

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