Fourth of July Parade


Alameda once again did the nation proud with its display of patriotism and local flavor, presenting more than 160 entrants in the annual Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade. The 3.3-mile parade route was lined end-to-end with spectators on both sides of the street with very few gaps between them along the way.

Alameda’s 4th of July Parade is the longest in the nation with a route that spans 3.3 miles. This year, more than 170 entries, 2,500 participants will march across town and more than 60,000 spectator will watch along the route. The hometown celebration includes floats, marching bands, 150 equestrians (and one bull), dance troops, bands and classic cars driving dignitaries. The Coast Guard’s color guard leads the parade (above).


The 2016 Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade is in the books. Winners will receive trophies at an upcoming City Council meeting. This year Rancho el Afortunado took home the Mayor’s Trophy. Riders aboard Rancho el Afortunado’s pure Andalusian horses also won trophies for Equestrian (Charro Class) and Sweepstaker. 

The Alameda Elks won the honors for the best float, followed by 510 Fitness and Kiddy Kampus Cooperative Preschool. 

Other winners were divided into the following categories.  


Rhythmix nails first place four out of past five years

Organizers of the Mayor’s 2014 July Fourth Parade honor the most creative, exciting and energetic of the entries to the parade with trophies each year. Judges chose from among more than 160 entrants to the parade this year.

To help keep Alameda’s parade the safe and fun place to be on the Fourth of July, the Alameda Fourth of July Parade Foundation is requesting volunteers to staff intersections along the route Thursday, July 4, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Those interested in volunteering must complete a brief form at or email

Volunteers must respond no later than today, Thursday, May 16.



Jim Sweeney and his wife Jean, enabled the City of Alameda to obtain the 40 acre Beltline Railroad property at it’s original 1925 purchase price, a small fraction of its current value. They also achieved the rezoning to open space of the 22-acre rail yard portion by means of a voter initiative. The railroad yard is now being developed as the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park.


Monday, July 4, will mark the 40th year that the Alameda community has celebrated the birth of the nation with a R.A.C.E. and Fourth of July parade. Television news channel KRON 4 will cover the parade for the first time this year. 

New to the celebration this year is the fact that South Shore Center and Area A at Alameda Point are sponsoring late afternoon music and entertainment. Two seperate events to enjoy following the parade will take place at the shopping center and Alameda Point at Seaplane Lagoon. 

It’s time to sign up for this year’s Ralph Appezzato Charity Event (R.A.C.E.), which takes place just before the Fourth of July Parade, Saturday, July 4.

Last year more than 550 runners and walkers participated in the event. This year Mayor Trish Spencer will be one of the participants.

Tickets are $25 for adults ($30 the day of the race) and $15 for youth 18 and under. Sign up online at or by mail at Alameda RACE, Island City Runners, P.O. Box 1493, Alameda, CA 94501.