Every year our membership takes a survey to decide what projects they want to run. However, there are key projects that our chapters executes every year.
4th of July Parade
In 1993, the City of Ann Arbor approached the Jaycees and asked them to take over the planning of the Annual 4th of July Parade, which was just in its third year. The Jaycees accepted the challenge and managed to pull it off with only a few months of organizing. The staging area was at that time located off S. University and E. University. In 1994, the staging area was moved to the Maynard/Thompson area, where it remains today. The parade route encircles the streets of State, Liberty, Main and William. 2016 was the 26th year of the parade.
The Spring Eggstravaganza started in 1998 has grown to the point where we have several hundred children and their parents participating in a morning of egg hunts, face painting, photo opportunities with the bunny and Easter egg coloring. Originally held in Veterans Park, 2015 saw the Spring Eggstravaganza relocate beautiful Lillie Park. In 2016, the chapter held their 18th annual event.
For over 60 years the Ann Arbor Jaycees longest signature event is their Summer Carnival, originally held at Veterans Park before later being relocated to the parking lot of Pioneer High School.
In 2016 the Jaycees continued to host this annual event, which is usually held one weekend in end of June or early July. Keep an eye out for our advertisements on the radio, in the news and on posters around town for the next carnival season.