July 1, 2009 > Spirit of the Springs - Independence Day Parade
Spirit of the Springs - Independence Day Parade
By Meenu Gupta
Helping to keep the spirit of '76 alive, the Fremont Independence Day Parade is hosted by the Warm Springs District this year. Supported entirely by citizen volunteers and contributions, the parade has become a proud reflection of a multitude of civic-minded individuals, organizations and historic districts. Crowds will line the parade route to watch marching bands, colorful patriotic floats, equestrian groups and many local organizations representing the plethora of cultures in Fremont and surrounding communities. Participants and those lining the streets will be celebrating the birth of this nation, showing affection for its strengths while acknowledging this year's host, Warm Springs Historic District and supporting its theme, "Spirit of the Springs."
"We are very proud and excited to host the 4th of July Parade in Warm Springs this year, and numerous leaders have worked hard behind the scenes to make it a memorable, free and family friendly event for the greater community," said Parade Chair, Jan Giovanni Hill.
Most of the free parking is nearby on the west side of Warm Springs Boulevard. Roads will be closed by 9:15 a.m. so come out early, and bring chairs and hats. Spectators will be allowed to cross the street to the median for a close-up view after 9:30 a.m., when the roads close. Once the roads close, only necessary parade vehicle traffic will be escorted by Fremont Police Department for safety reasons in or out of the Warm Springs Boulevard area. All others will have to find parking in nearby neighborhoods and walk to the parade route on Warm Springs Boulevard. There will be plenty of room for spectators along the parade route.
Starting at 10 a.m. sharp, the Independence Day parade will start at Mayten Way and head north on Warm Springs Boulevard to Hackamore Lane. It is expected that the parade will finish by noon. "Immediately following the parade behind Warm Springs School with be the 'Springs Fest' which includes a BBQ sponsored by Warm Springs Little League," said Giovanni Hill. Warm Springs Little League will host refreshments out of their Snack Shack, as participants allow the Judges time to select the winners for 40 plaques and several cash prizes that will be awarded. Announcers Kevin Wing and Adnan Shahab will grace the occasion with their presence. Michael McNevin will provide stage entertainment; judges will be Nina Moore, Andrew MacRae, and Jack Rogers.
It is estimated that over 20,000 people will be present as the parade marches through Warm Springs. Grand tunes by well-known drum and bugle corps marching bands, including the San Francisco Renegades and the Santa Clara Vanguard will accompany the procession. Each year the parade has grown in size. This year includes at least 90 entries and three large Macy's style balloons, equestrian entries and several floats. The parade will also feature unique hometown entries as well as some surprise and out-of-town entries such as the cartoon character Raggs, Sharkie from the San Jose Sharks, the Oakland Raiderettes, hometown Grand Marshal, Evelyn 'Brownie' Rose, and Miss Alameda County, Katie O'Brien from Fremont.
"This year, we will also have an 'after parade event' where several of the entries can choose to additionally perform on small stages," said Giovanni Hill. "We are hopeful of creating another 'best ever' parade event in Fremont. The greater community is proud to be able to take over this patriotic event and keep it going in Fremont especially during these difficult economic times. We are especially grateful to our many volunteers and to the donors and financial sponsors without whom this event would not be possible."
The first Fremont Independence Day Parade was held in 1999. Fremont districts took over the event six years ago after the city decided that it would not continue to fund the event. Citizens have come together since then to keep the parade going. Each year a Fremont district has hosted the yearly procession. Next year it is Mission San Jose District's turn. "It takes hundreds of volunteers to pull this off and numerous financial sponsors without which it would not be able to continue," said Giovanni Hill.
If you would like to help continue this patriotic tradition, consider becoming a sponsor and supporter of this grand community event. The top sponsor of the parade this year is Robson Homes. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Steve Cho at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kevin Wing at Kevin@kevinwing.com. Contributions can be made online at www.fremont4th.org.or by check to: Fremont 4th of July Parade 2009, P O Box 1372, Fremont, CA 94538. "The 'Fremont 4th of July Parade' is now a non-profit organization so any funds collected can be rolled over as 'seed money' to the next year's hosting district for their 4th of July Parade event," according to Giovanni Hill.
Fremont 4th of July Parade
Spirit of the Springs!
Saturday, July 4
Warm Springs Boulevard in South Fremont