How To Decorate Your Car For A Fourth Of July Parade

Fourth of July weekend is almost here! That means good friends, fireworks, and all the watermelon your belly can handle.

Watermelon ALLL the watermelon.

Nothing says freedom like a July 4th parade. If you’re planning on showing off your love of country and independence this Fourth, you’re in the right place. We’ve rounded up some of best tips and ideas to get you inspired for getting your car parade-ready this July 4th.

Before you begin

Scrub-a-dub-dub ?

Make sure your vehicle is clean before you start decorating. Having any sort of dirt underneath the decorations will scratch your car’s body panels.

Car Decorating Techniques for July 4th

You can find most of these items at your local party supply store.

Temporary Car Paint

This is the easiest way to spruce up your car, although different brands may leave different amounts of residue (or none at all!). Paint your car in red, white and blue, and go crazy with stars and stripes imagery. Temporary car paint is also perfect for painting USA-inspired images and messages on the sides and back of your car.

Parade Float Fringes

As a staple of the classic float, parade float fringes will instantly elevate your car into the upper echelons of float-dom (if there is such a thing?). Attach red, white and blue fringes to the bumper or front end of your car.

You can also substitute streamers or use them in conjunction with your fringes. Streamers are also great because they allow versatility; attach them as they are or twist them together to make a more ornamental look.

Streamers We agree.

Bunting Flags

Bunting flags are an easy way to make your car look more patriotic with very little effort. Attach them beneath the windows on each side of your car.

Window Decorations

Use window chalk or window markers to decorate your windows (just remember that you’ll need to be able to see out of your windshield!). Window chalk decorations should only be used on window glass.

Colored Duct Tape

Colored duct tape is perfect for attaching lights and signs, and will not leave residue if you remove it promptly after the parade. Duct tape can also be used to write out short, fun messages, outlining basic shapes, and add a bold pop of variety to your car’s decor.


Balloons are an easy and versatile way to draw attention to your vehicle and add volume - without the hassle of worrying about permanence or cumbersome attachments. Plus, they’re super cheap.

Here are some fun ways to use balloons:

  • Tie them to your side mirrors or antenna (just make sure you’re not obstructing your view!)
  • Buy (or make, if you’re talented enough) shaped balloons (think animals and other shapes)
  • Use a variety of sizes to give your car visual intrigue
  • Opt for the classic red, white and blue theme, or go crazy with colors!

Balloon Just don't fly away!


Go wild with signs - they’re super nifty for adding even more personalization to your car and getting you noticed. We like using markers, eye-catching colors, robust poster boards and glitter. Lots of glitter.

You can either attach your sign to the car body with tape, or hold it yourself as you go through the parade.


Yep, you! You’re as much a part of your car as anything else, since you’re the one driving the thing. Wear your wackiest costume, or go traditional with the red, white and blue theme. Extra points for sexy Uncle Sams.

Costume No shame for being the best prop!

Final things to keep in mind

When attaching anything to your car, make sure you’re thinking about whether or not it can withstand wind when you’re actually driving during the parade. Obviously you won’t be speeding down your neighborhood street. But if you live in a windy area, make sure you’re taking steps to keep your decorations from flying off during the parade.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the bevy of ideas on Pinterest .

Be Safe Be safe & Happy Fourth! ?

Krista Doyle
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