Sweet Viewing Spots of the Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade on Park Street

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Alameda July 4 ParadeFourth of July in Alameda is a wonderful excuse to find your way to Downtown Alameda. Be sure to bring along family and friends to celebrate America’s birthday by viewing one of the largest and longest Independence Day parades in the nation.

The Mayor’s Alameda 4th of July Parade has become one of the best July 4th celebrations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since its start in 1976, the annual parade has grown to boast over 190 “floats” and over 2,500 participants that travel along a 3.3 mile route across Alameda. The grand old parade begins on Park Street in the East End of Alameda and progresses all the way to Webster Street in the West End.

The holiday parade provides amusement for all ages. Spectators will enjoy the procession of vintage cars, hand-decorated flatbeds (“floats”), dancing horses, marching bands, dancing troupes, cheering squads, bicyclists, musicians, costumed characters, and plenty of clowns.

Where’s the best place to view the Alameda 4th of July Parade? Our answer to that question…
You can find some of the best and sweetest viewing spots along Park Street — anywhere between Lincoln Ave and San Jose Ave.

Alameda July 4 ParadeParade entrants start off at the corner of Lincoln Ave and show lots of energy along the first stretch of the parade route. The performances and the cheering in the parade tend to be especially best near the Judging Stand which is positioned on Park Street near the intersection of Alameda Avenue. The rivalry for attention can be very entertaining along Park Street and there’s usually lots of candy to be handed out to the kids.

For the optimal viewing of the Alameda 4th of July Parade we recommend that you arrive well before the 10:00am start time in order to save a “front row” seat along the sidewalk curbs on Park Street. But once the parade begins you should still be able to find standing room in the back rows along Park Street. (Be warned, the end of the parade usually clears Park Street by 11:30am.)

Plan to have fun on July 4 in Alameda — adorn yourself in red/white/blue attire, grab the kids, invite the friends, and head over to Downtown Alameda for one of the best Fourth of July parades in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Also, if you’re hankering for a refreshment or snack while attending the parade (or maybe even do a little shop browsing), you’ll find plenty of businesses open in Downtown Alameda’s Historic Park Street Business District.

Be sure to check out the “parade” of independent shops and restaurants in Downtown Alameda. You’ll find coffee shops, sandwich shops, convenience shops, and dessert shops; breakfast places, lunch places, dinner places, and drink places; gift stores, book stores, apparel stores, antique stores, and children’s stores; and many, many helpful services!

Bambu Desserts & Drinks, AlamedaSweet frozen treat spots along the Alameda parade route on Park Street:

Fruitti Yogi, 2321 Santa Clara Ave

Tuttimelon, 2402 Central Ave

Tucker’s Ice Cream, 1349 Park Street

Yogofina Frozen Yogurt, 1335 Park Street

Sweet bakery spots along the Alameda parade route on Park Street:

Feel Good Bakery, 1650 Park Street

Alameda Bagels & Donuts, 1227 Park Street

Tucker's Ice Cream AlamedaSweet coffee spots along the Alameda parade route on Park Street:

Beanery of Alameda, 1650 Park Street

Peet’s Coffee & Tea, 1365 Park Street

Starbucks Coffee, 1364 Park Street

Teazzert, 1342 Park Street

Blue Danube Coffee House, 1333 Park Street

Bambu Desserts & Drinks, 1321 Park Street

Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street 

We wish you and your family a safe and fun summer!

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