Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade Starts on Park Street
Get ready to have some fun in Downtown Alameda on July Fourth. The Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade is one of the best Independence Day parades in the Bay Area. Spectators of all ages look forward to seeing a lively procession of vintage cars, hand-decorated flatbeds, or “floats,” dancing horses, marching bands, dancing troupes, cheering squads, bicyclists, musicians, costumed characters, clowns and surprises.
Since its inception in 1976, the annual parade has grown to boast more than 160 entrants featuring more than 2,500 participants who travel along a 3.3-mile route across the Island City, from Park Street on the East End to Webster Street on the West End.
For a front-row seat along the Park Street sidewalks, plan to arrive well before the 10 a.m. start time. The parade attracts more than 20,000 spectators and many search out the best viewing spots in Downtown Alameda.
Once the parade begins, there is still plenty of standing room available along the stretch of Park Street, as the parade begins at the corner of Park Street and Lincoln Avenue and proceeds down the length of Park Street before continuing west onto Otis Drive.
If one is in the mood for a refreshment or snack while attending the parade (or maybe even a little shopping), 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; bookstores, bike stores and antique stores; plus many locally owned services Downtown!
Celebrate Independent Artists and Makers
As preparations are being made to celebrate July 4 and the nation’s independence, take some time to celebrate the creativity of local, independent artists:
Alameda Summer Art Fair & Maker Market, Sunday, July 1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. See more than 30 local Alameda and Bay Area artists in action! Visitors will be treated to live art demonstrations, music performances, art cars on display, kids creative activities, a group art show and open studios. The free outdoor festival takes place outside Studio 23 near the intersection of Oak Street and Encinal Avenue. See more details at www.alamedaartfair.com.
Alameda Mini Maker Faire at Alameda Point Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The first-ever Alameda Mini Maker Faire is a free, all-ages event showcasing the work of makers, businesses, artists, DIY enthusiasts and crafters. Experience interactive exhibits and be inspired by the creativity and innovation of the maker community.
The Alameda Mini Maker Faire is a collaboration among the Downtown Alameda Business Association, West Alameda Business Association and the City of Alameda. For more information about this brand-new event, and to reserve tickets, visit www.alameda.makerfaire.com.