In 1995–just four years after the first family moved into Summerlin–the Patriotic Parade was born of humble beginnings. The initial “parade” consisted of dozens of young Summerlin residents riding on bicycles or in small pull-wagons decorated with red, white, and blue streamers, accompanied by Uncle Sam on stilts. These young residents, dubbed the Patriotic Peddlers, traveled less than one-quarter-mile from the Summerlin Library to the Trails Park. A handful of community members served as crossing guards on Village Center Circle.
Although modest, the original Patriotic Parade had an unmistakable charm and provided Summerlin with an instant neighborhood connection. Despite being the early days of the community, it wasn’t hard to see the potential for the event. Within two years, the parade became motorized and included community-built floats, live performances, and an annual “Salute to the Military” tribute honoring the service men and women from Nellis Air Force Base.
And as Summerlin grew, so did the parade.