Parkland Day

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It’s time to celebrate.  March 11, 2023.  Parade starts at 10:00 am.  All other activities will start as early as 4:00 pm.  See below for schedule.Parkland 60 and Sensational_r1

The year 2023 marks a huge milestone for the City of Parkland as our City celebrates its 60th Anniversary, and we want you to celebrate it with us.

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The first known Parkland Day celebration occurred in 1967 when Mrs. Betty Bell, a local artist and two-term commissioner, held an event to show horses on her 2-1/2 acre property located on Trotters Lane near 87th Avenue. Two years later, the event would be held by Harold Bockhold on his 10 acre property in the Ranches. 

The event grew, with the help of volunteer efforts, to include classic games such as barrel riding, apple bobbing, egg balance, cake or pie walks, and horse contests. 

It wasn't until 1973, when Bockhold, the then mayor, acquired the land on the corner of 84th Avenue and Holmberg Road, establishing the first park for the City of Parkland which we now know as the Parkland Equestrian Center at Temple Park.  

For years to come, Parkland Day grew, with the addition of stage performances, live music, food, and games. However, at the center of each of these events, was the continuation of Parkland's community efforts to keep our neighborly, hometown feel a central aspect of each Parkland Day. 

We are excited to bring back this event as we celebrate our 60th Anniversary. Join us on March 11th, 2023 as we continue our hometown celebration. 


  • Parade 
    • When: March 11th, 2023 - 10:00AM
    • Where: Starting at Heron Heights Elementary, ending at Pine Trails Park.
    • What: View the floats, marching bands, and displays of our local schools, organizations, and elected officials.
  • Business Expo
    • When: March 11th, 2023 - 4:00PM to 8:00PM
    • Where: Pine Trails Amphitheatre
    • What: Visit the expo featuring our local businesses and organizations.
  • Kid Zone
    • When: March 11th, 2023 - 4:00PM to 9:00PM
    • Where: Pine Trails Amphitheatre
    • What: Join in on the games, rides, and contests.
  • Car Show:
    • When: March 5th, 2023 - 9:00AM to 1:00PM
    • Where: Parkland Equestrian Center
    • What: Come to the Farmers' Market featuring the Birthday Celebration and Car Show to view everywhere from classic cars to new exotics.To submit an application, please click here.
  • Concert
    • When: March 11th, 2023 - 7:30PM to 9:00PM
    • Where: Pine Trails Amphitheatre
    • What: Enjoy a great performance by a soon to be announced artist. You won't want to miss it.
  • Food Court
    • When: March 11th, 2023 - 4:00PM to 9:00PM
    • Where: Pine Trails Amphitheatre
    • What: Enjoy an assortment of food by some unique local vendors.
  • Essay Contest
    • When: January 31st, 2023 - March 11th, 2023
    • Where: Pine Trails Amphitheatre
    • What: Turn in your essays (see below) by January 31st. Winners to be announced March 11th at the Pine Trails Amphitheatre (time to be announced).
  • Portals of Parkland's Past
    • When: TBD
    • Where: Various Portals throughout Parkland 
    • What: Explore the City as we reveal our upgraded portals to learn the City's history


Sugar Ray performing live at Parkland Day March 11 2023

History of Parkland Exhibit

When: March 11th, 2023 - 4:00PM to 9:00PM

Where: Pine Trails Amphitheatre 

What: The Parkland Historical Society will be offering a glimpse of Parkland's past, with our walk-through presentation of Parkland's history. This walkthrough will offer artifacts and images as well as videos and documents for you to see and learn from about Parkland's past. Come experience the pre-history of Parkland with information on the Tequesta Indians that lived and traded here before anyone ever thought of a Parkland. Learn about who owned this land and how the City was founded. And while on the subject, do you know how the name of "Parkland" came into being? Who Holmberg Road was named for? Many other historical facts and questions will be answered. We will also have a Parkland Pioneers booth where you can come and listen to and or meet some of our earliest residents.

Sponsorship Opportunities

For a full of list of sponsorship opportunities, please see our sponsorship packet here. If interested, please contact us at ParklandEvents@cityofparkland.org.

Join the Parade

Want to showcase your organization, team, school, etc.? Well, join in the parade. To apply, please fill out the application here and send to ParklandEvents@cityofparkland.org.

Join the Business Expo

Want to showcase your business? To apply, please fill out the application here and send to ParklandEvents@cityofparkland.org.

Join the Food Court

Want to showcase your foods, drinks, and desserts? To apply, please fill out the application here and send to ParklandEvents@cityofparkland.org.