July 4

The LMS Band will be among the musical attractions of the annual Fourth of July Parade scheduled for tomorrow at 10 a.m. Sections of city streets will be closed, and closed to parking, in advance of the parade including: Lincoln Avenue, Park Street, Otis Drive, Grand Street, Encinal Avenue, Central Avenue and Webster Street. An estimated 20,000 spectators will view the parade, and the Ralph Appezzato Charity Event foot race at 9 a.m. along its more than three-mile route. For all the details see the order of march below and the official event program pdfs in this week's web edition.

This year, Mayor Trish Spencer has chosen not one, but four grand women to be the Grand Marshals for the 2017 Alameda Fourth of July parade: Ginny Krutilek, Joyce Denyven, Gretchen Lipow and Weezie Mott. Each of these ladies are tireless supporters of the Alameda community in one fashion or another. They deserve city-wide recognition for their charitable work with local nonprofits and for continuously and selflessly helping the members of our community who need it most.

Ginny Krutilek

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.

The first 300 to register will receive free race T-shirts. Last year more than 550 runners and walkers participated in the event. This year Mayor Trish Spencer will be one of the participants.

The top-three men and top-three women in four age categories — 18 and under; 19 to 35; 36 to 49; and 50-plus. The race is a five-kilometer (3.1 mile) run/walk through Alameda.

Every month, with wheelbarrow at the ready, I toddle over to a fine local independent pharmacy to pick up a large order of prescription medicines. 

After the toddle, I generally stop by the nearby Versailles Avenue digs of a legendary culinary icon, Mrs. Bagley. Mrs. Bagley wrote a food blog called “The Cooking Perfectionist.” 

Coincidentally, Mrs. Bagley has a name similar to that of another legendary local writer and culinarian, Mrs. Dagley. In the 1970s, Mrs. Dagley graced the old Island Journal newspaper pages with her cooking column: “A Visit With Mrs. Dagley.” 

Local historians Dennis Evanosky and Julia Park Tracey teamed up to take part in the July Fourth parade last year. Evanosky, who is also the co-publisher of the Alameda Sun, will join the parade again this year.

The Sun is honored to publish the official parade program for the Parade Committee each year, which rewards the paper’s staff with the use of a sponsored vehicle in the parade. Last year, Bruce Knopf shared his convertible with Evanosky and Tracey.

Putting a parade of more than 150 entrants together requires the patience, passion and expertise of several local volunteers. 

Each year, the Mayor’s Fourth of July extravaganza attracts some 20,000 spectators, or roughly one-third of the city’s population.

 The parade route is longer than three miles, allowing the city to claim it as the longest parade procession ever, which no one bothers to challenge. 

ABC newscaster Michael Finney, a former Alameda resident, is the Grand Marshall at this year’s Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade. He is well known in the Bay Area for his 7 On Your Side reports on ABC7 News and his Consumer Talk radio show on radio KGO.

With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, community members should be aware of the many assocated no parking restrictions and street closures due to take effect a week from tomorrow.
No parking restrictions will be in effect starting at 4 a.m. along the parade route. Signs will be in place well in advance to allow motorists to move their vehicles. Any vehicles in violation will be towed and stored by the Alameda Police Department.