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July 4th Pet Parade – Events in Bend

Since the 1930’s, attending the 4th of July Pet Parade & Old Fashioned Festival has been a tradition for Central Oregonians and visitors alike. Watch cute dogs and llamas parade in costume, eat food from local vendors, watch live music, and drink delicious beer all in one fun-filled day.

About the Event

The Bend 4th of July Pet Parade & Old Fashioned Festival has been held every year in downtown Bend since the 1930’s. This event in Bend begins in the morning (usually around 10 am) with an adorable 1.5-mile pet parade through downtown Bend. Open to dogs, cats, llamas, horses, hamsters, and even stuffed animals, the parade doesn’t discriminate and simply showcases the city’s cutest, fluffiest, friendliest, and funniest animals.

Kids (of all ages) are invited to participate. Let your kids wear their favorite costume and bring their favorite pet – stuffed or alive and kicking. Kids and pets can ride in wagons or pedal the parade route on bikes or trikes with their pets riding along. Strollers, scooters, and skateboards are ok too. Why not let the kids make a parade float from a decorated wagon? Be sure to get your child their very own special, limited keepsake Pet Parade button too.

This great parade ends in Drake Park, which is located on the shore of the Deschutes River in downtown Bend. At Drake Park, live music, local artisans, and food vendors are all set up for your entertainment. There’s also an oversized kids’ area where your little ones can enjoy free old fashioned fun and games.

To get the most out of events in Bend, we recommend starting the morning by eating at one of Bend’s delicious breakfast joints, heading down to the pet parade, and then ending the day by perusing local vendors, listening to live music, and drinking local beer at the Old Fashioned July 4th Festival in Drake Park. As a fun event for people of all ages, we highly recommend this event to families visiting Bend!

Dog-Friendly Bend

Bend is one of the most dog-friendly vacation spots around. Since over 49% of Bend residents have at least one dog in their family, most local stores, restaurants, and pubs are pet-friendly. There are over 13 off-leash parks in the city and over 51 urban trails for you and your pet to hike. Pick up a copy of the Bend Urban Trails Map for the location of dog-friendly trails in the city.

Dogs are allowed on most of the hiking trails throughout the national forests that surround Bend. Just bring plenty of water, keep your friend on their leash, and pick up after them. A few of the dog-friendly hikes to try are the Deschutes River Trail (an easy 8.5-mile hike through parts of the Deschutes National Forest) and the Tumalo Creek Trail to breathtaking Tumalo Falls. Both have great spots along the way for splashing and playing the water. Or, if you want to stay right in downtown Bend, hike up Pilot Butte. It’s a great way to get an overview of this historic town and the surrounding landscape.

Enjoy Events in Bend, OR with Bend Vacation Rentals

Did you know that Bend Vacation Rentals offers several pet-friendly vacation homes? Located all across downtown Bend and even into the foothills, these special properties allow pets and their owners to relax in comfort and get the rest they deserve on their Central Oregon vacation.

Our pet-friendly vacation homes feature large backyards with plenty of room for everyone to run around. Many backyards are fenced and several feature enclosed courtyards to offer a little more safety for all your furry friends and for your little kids too.

Bring your dog along for the fun of Bend’s 4th of July Pet Parade & Old Fashioned Festival by staying in one of our pet-friendly Bend rentals! Browse our available pet-friendly rentals today by using our website’s Advanced Search function and enjoy all the best events in Bend, OR.

This family-friendly event has only been canceled twice in its long history, once in World War II and again for the 2020 pandemic. While the public health situation is improving, things are still uncertain, and the parade may or may not be live this year. Live or not, you and your kids can dress up and watch the Pet Parade and Festival as it streams online. Give us a call to find out the latest on this historic event and how you can enjoy the parade from your own vacation rental.