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June 25, 2008 > America Sings - Independence Day Parade in Centerville

America Sings - Independence Day Parade in Centerville

By Brittney Hansen

What could be more patriotic than an Independence Day Parade through Fremont? Join the Fremont district of Centerville as the city celebrates this national holiday with marching bands, floats, antique cars and all the bells and whistles expected at such an event. This annual procession includes performers, dignitaries, and huge patriotic balloons, sure fun for the whole family.

Starting 10 a.m. sharp, the 4th of July parade will begin at Peralta Ave. and Fremont Blvd., and proceed along Fremont Boulevard to Washington High School at Country Drive. It is expected that the parade will finish by noon.

This is the ninth annual Fremont Independence Day Parade. Fremont districts took over the event six years ago after the city decided that it was not funded well enough to continue. The community however had other ideas and each year, a Fremont district has played host to the yearly procession. "It's important that people realize that without the donations and support of the community, the parade would not be possible," said committee chairwoman Patty Hitchcock. "The parade is a pride of Fremont."

This parade has grown in size each year and the 2008 edition includes at least 80 entries - 2,500 participants - such as equestrian groups, antique cars, baton twirlers and dancers, military personnel, huge helium balloons including a 50-foot tall Yankee Doodle Dandy, and a family of clowns, plus many more. The American High School Band, Tri-City Band, San Francisco Renegades Drum and Bugle Corps and the 110-member Santa Clara Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps will provide grand tunes to accompany the procession. Patriotic floats will be on the move in the parade accompanied by a giant pirate ship and a train locomotive. Fremont's Mayor, council members, the grand marshal and other dignitaries will also take part in the celebration. It is estimated that over 15,000 people are expected to be present as the parade marches through Centerville.

Following the parade, awards will be given to winning entries in a variety of categories and the San Francisco Renegades will perform at the Washington High School parking lot. A pace car from Laguna Seca will also be on display at the same location.

The three top sponsors of the parade are Robson Homes, the Oakland A's, and Wells Fargo Bank. The parade is co-hosted by Dale Hardware and Haller's Pharmacies. If you would like to help keep this patriotic tradition continue, consider becoming a sponsor and supporter of this grand community event.

Visit www.fremont4thofjulyparade.org for more information. Volunteers are needed. Please call Patty Hitchcock 510- 376-7563 to register as a volunteer or become a parade sponsor.

Fourth of July Parade
10 a.m. - noon
Centerville, Fremont
Fremont Blvd. & Peralta Ave. - Fremont Blvd. & Country Dr.
10 a.m. - Noon
(510) 376-7563
www.fremont4thofjulyparade.org

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