Celebrating Alameda: a Coast Guard City
The U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard Silent Drill Team performs rifle acrobatics at the second annual Coast Guard Festival in Alameda on July 4. In celebration of Independence Day, local Coast Guard units participated in Alameda’s annual Fourth of July parade and Coast Guard Festival, showcasing the service’s heritage and role in the community. Local Coast Guard units traveled the parade route — one of the longest in the nation at 3.3 miles — and continued to Alameda Point for the festival. The second annual Coast Guard Festival celebrated Alameda as a Coast Guard City, one of 12 in the nation since 2006, and highlighted the long-standing partnership between the service and the city. The festival featured tours of the buoy tender, Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb, helicopter and boat displays, musical performances, parade awards and a demonstration by the Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard Silent Drill Team.