This week’s happenings in the Park Street Business District: View Calendar
Stretching from Park Street to Webster Street, the Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade boasts over 170 “floats” and 2,500 participants that travel a 3.3 mile route. In addition to performers that come from the Bay Area, many local businesses, schools, and organizations participate in the parade. Entries include hand-decorated flatbeds, antique cars, marching bands, dance troupes, cheer leading squads, horses, bicyclists, musicians, and clowns… to name a few favorites.
With so much to see, where’s the best place to view the parade? Our answer: Park Street, between Lincoln and San Jose.
*** 7/5/12 Update, view photos from this year’s parade: http://photobucket.com/2012july4alameda
The parade begins at the corner of Park Street and Lincoln Avenue, extending down the length of Park Street to Otis Drive. Parade entrants start off with lots of energy along that first stretch of the route and the performances tend to be best in front of the Judging Stand which is located at the intersection of Park Street and Alameda Avenue.
With an outpouring of patriotic spirit, many of the spectators arrive in the historic Park Street District decked in red, white, and blue and waving American flags. Friends, neighbors, and out-of-town visitors line the sidewalks cheering the participants and striking up conversations with other by-standers. There is an old-time charm and feel to the parade onPark Street that finds many families returning to the same spot each year.
Take note: The parade draws over 20,000 people from Alameda and throughout the Bay Area and lots of people search out spots along the coveted stretches of Park Street. So, for that optimal viewing experience you’ll want to arrive well before 10:00am to nab your spot on the sidewalk.
While you’re downtown, be sure to check out the parade of shops on Park Street! The Park Street Business District boasts a number of coffee houses, bagel shops, ice cream parlors, breakfast places, lunch places, dinner places, drink places, gift stores, book stores, clothing stores, children’s stores, bike stores, antique stores, and many more services!
Have a safe Independence Day! We’ll see you on Park Street!
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The Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, and fun things to do! To learn what’s happening in the historic downtown district, including this week’s calendar highlights, visit our website at www.shopparkstreet.com/news. You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on Facebook and Twitter.