On July 4, be sure to find your way to Downtown Alameda to view one of the longest Independence Day parades in the nation. The Alameda Mayor’s 4th of July Parade is one of the best Fourth of July celebrations in the Bay Area and it starts right here on Park Street.
The Alameda parade boasts over 170 floats and 2,500 participants that traverse a 3.3 mile route across Alameda — from Park Street on the east end of the island to Webster Street on the west end. Beginning at 10:00am on the corner of Park Street & Lincoln Avenue, the parade first meanders down Park Street and then continues around the corner along Otis Drive.
Spectators enjoy a huge variety of hand-decorated flatbeds, antique cars, marching bands, dance troupes, cheerleading squads, dancing horses, bicyclists, musicians, clowns, and costumed characters. Performers come from Alameda and all around the Bay Area.
The Alameda Mayor’s 4th of July Parade and race attract over 20,000 people and many of the spectators search out the best viewing spots along Park Street where parade entrants start off with lots of energy. The performances, cheering, and flag waving tend to be particularly exciting in front of the Judging Stand located at the intersection of Park Street & Alameda Avenue.
For optimal viewing anywhere along Park Street, you’ll want to arrive well before start time to grab a front row seat on the curb. And if you’re in want of a refreshment or snack while waiting for the parade to begin (or maybe even do a little shopping), you’ll find plenty of local businesses open in Downtown Alameda.
Which reminds us that, as we prepare for July 4 and the Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade, there’s another reason to celebrate our nation’s independence… the existence of local, independent businesses that embody the spirit and individuality of our founding fathers.
You can celebrate the uniqueness of our “Independents” in Downtown Alameda year-round. Enjoy the “parade” of coffee houses, donut shops, and dessert places; breakfast spots, lunch stops, and family diners; gift shops, clothing stores, and children’s places; book stores, bike stores, and antique stores; drink places, fun places, and art galleries; plus many, many more locally-owned services!
More Summer Events in Downtown Alameda
June 26 – Alameda Summer Art Fair
Watch artists as the create their artwork right in front of your eyes! Over 30 artist booths, live music, food, kids’ corner, and a lot of fun. Visit the open studios: Studio 23, The Alley, and 3 Dot Art Gallery. More info: www.studio23gallery.com
July 8 – 2nd Friday Art Walk
Discover the creative life of the area by taking in some of the most exciting, beautiful, and challenging art from the bay area and beyond. Participating venues feature performance art, live music, DJ’s, and film screenings, alongside a rotating schedule of amazing visual art. More info: www.fridayartwalk.com
July 30 & 31 – Downtown Alameda’s Art & Wine Faire
Enjoy one of Alameda’s biggest and oldest street festivals! Downtown Alameda’s 32nd Annual Art & Wine Faire features over 300 arts, crafts, and food vendors; local wines and craft beers; live music on two stages; and a special kids’ area. More info: www.DowntownAlameda.com
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You’ll always find great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do in Downtown Alameda! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our new website: www.DowntownAlameda.com.
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