Alameda’s 2013 Fourth of July Parade – Celebrating Our “Independents”

Update: View photos of this year’s 2013 Alameda Parade

Alameda July 4 ParadeIn Alameda, July 4th is the day to head downtown with family and friends to view one of the longest Independence Day parades in the nation.

Alameda Mayor's Fourth of July ParadeThe Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade boasts over 170 “floats” and 2,500 participants that travel a 3.3 mile route — travelling all the way from Park Street to Webster Street. In addition to performers that come from the around the Bay Area, many local businesses, schools, and organizations participate in the Alameda parade. Entries include hand-decorated flatbeds, antique cars, marching bands, dance troupes, cheerleading 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 every year is… Park Street, between Lincoln and San Jose.

Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July ParadeThe parade begins at 10:00am on the corner of Park Street & Lincoln Avenue, extending down the length of Park Street to Otis Drive. Parade entrants start off with tons of energy along that first stretch of the route. But performances tend to be best in front of the Judging Stand located at the intersection of Park Street & Alameda Avenue. View more photos from last year’s parade.

(Take note: With the parade drawing over 20,000 people from Alameda and throughout the Bay Area, many of the spectators search out spots along the coveted stretches of Park Street. For that optimal viewing experience, you’ll want to arrive well before 10:00am to nab your spot on the sidewalk.)

As we get ready for the Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade and the annual celebration of our nation’s independence, we have another reason to celebrate… our local, independent businesses embody the spirit of individuality and economic prosperity. In addition, Alameda’s businesses help support our community’s well-being while contributing to the uniqueness of our island oasis.

Fourth of July in AlamedaWe encourage you to celebrate Alameda’s independents by supporting as many locally owned businesses as possible during the week of July 1-7 (or any time of the year). Check out the “parade of local shops and restaurants” in the Park Street Business District. You’ll find a number of coffee houses, bagel shops, ice cream parlors, breakfast places, lunch places, dinner places, drink places, gift stores, book stores, clothing stores, shoe stores, children’s stores, bike stores, antique stores, and many, many services!

Be part of a growing national movement to support independent businesses. Celebrate your “Independents” in the Park Street Business District!

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The Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, professional services, and fun things to do! For more happenings in the Park Street Business District, visit our website at

You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.


2 Responses to “Alameda’s 2013 Fourth of July Parade – Celebrating Our “Independents””

  1. Annette Says:

    WHAT TIME DOES IT START??????????????Nice article ,but fail to state whebn it actually starts. “Get a spot on the sidewalk,
    well before 10 AM?” Is that just to get a spot,??? or when it starts??


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