Posted on: July 19, 2018

VIU Receives Second Place Ribbon from City of Fairfax for July 4th Parade

VIU Receives Second Place Ribbon from City of Fairfax for July 4th Parade


On July 4, 2018, Virginia International University participated in the City of Fairfax July 4th Parade. The theme for this year’s parade was “live life connected.”

The Student Affairs Student Staff and Student Union worked hard on preparing the float for the July 4th parade. The day of the parade, VIU staff, student staff, and volunteers arrived at the City of Fairfax Parade around 8:00 am to do the last minute preparations for the float. Judging of all the floats took  place at 8:30 am. Roughly an hour later the judges came back and awarded VIU second place for the float! We were given two banners, one to hang in the front and one to hang in the back of the float.

Shortly after VIU received the float award, the City of Fairfax July 4th parade began. The Student Union President, Fredrick Fajuru and the Vice President, Choice Ogbuchi gave out candy to the children during the parade while the other VIU students walked the parade route or sat on the float while waving to attendees. This event was a great opportunity to show our students an American tradition.

Thank you to the following students and staff who came out and showed support:

  1.  Abimbola Awelewa
  2. Allison Forbes
  3. Aniket Chordiya
  4. Blessing Eyakenyi
  5. Choice Ogbuchi
  6. Fredrick Fajuru
  7. Ijeoma Ogu
  8. Johanna Angbo
  9. Lucy Umoetok
  10. Marie Benyomo
  11. Martha Osemense
  12. Olaotan Fade
  13. Dr. Suleyman Bahceci

The City of Fairfax also recently sent VIU a second place Ribbon and a letter congratulating us on our win. This week VIU received $150.00 for participating in the float incentive and adhering to the guidelines outlined by Independence Day Celebration Committee.  #goVIU