Have fun in Downtown Alameda on July 4 while viewing one of the longest Independence Day parades in the nation. The Alameda 4th of July Parade is one of the best Fourth of July celebrations in the Bay Area and begins at 10:00am at the corner of Park Street and Lincoln Ave.
Watch as more than 170 entries and 2,500 parade participants travel along Park Street before proceeding to Webster Street. Spectators will marvel at the huge variety of hand-decorated flatbeds, antique cars, marching bands, dance troupes, bicyclists, musicians, clowns, costumed characters, and dancing horses.
The 2019 July 4 Parade Grand Marshals are two downtown business owners who are known for their inspiring community support:
Otto Wright (The Local, 1333 Park Street) has hosted community food and supply drives for victims of the North Bay fires, federal employees during the government shutdown, and residents of Midway Shelter. He also employs students with disabilities through a program with AUSD.
Gene Oh (Alameda Bicycle, 1522 Park Street) conceived of and organizes the annual Bike For The Parks fundraiser that raises thousands of dollars for our parks each year. He also sponsors an annual kids’ Books 4 Bikes program and gives away bikes and helmets to encourage reading for fun.
The best viewing spots for the parade can be found in Downtown Alameda where the performances, cheering, and flag waving are especially exciting along the first stretch of the parade. For a front row seat along the sidewalks, plan to arrive well before the parade’s start time.
There’s also a 5K run and walk that follows the parade route starting at 9:00am — an hour before the parade. The start line is located in front of Lola’s Chicken Shack at 1417 Park Street.
And, if you’re in want of a refreshment or are looking to do a little shopping on July 4 (or any day of the year), you’ll find a parade of locally-owned businesses in the downtown district, from breakfast spots to bookstores.
For more information, go to www.alamedaparade.com