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June 28, 2011 > Patriot pride

Patriot pride

By Julie Grabowski
Photos By William Mancebo

In his song "The Stars and Stripes Forever" John Philip Sousa deemed our American flag "the emblem of the brave and true, its folds protect no tyrant crew; the red and white and starry blue is freedom's shield and hope." That precious standard will be out in full force once again as America celebrates its 235th birthday.

On July 4, 1776, the 13 colonies of the New World were finally established as an independent nation, no longer subject to the grasping British rule. The Declaration of Independence deemed all men equal, putting their welfare in their own hands, to make and adjust laws in order to establish safety and happiness for all.

Every July, young and old across the country acknowledge and give thanks for the opportunities and freedom afforded us by early patriots, who fought for the right to pursue dreams and create an individual way of life. We pay special tribute to those in the Armed Forces whose courage, bravery, and dedication continue to ensure our freedoms and the brightness of our futures.

So whether your celebration includes a parade, the pop of fireworks, games, a pool party, or a picnic, remember the tremendous blessings of living in these United States of America, and keep the patriot spirit alive.


The Irvington District hosts this year's Fremont 4th of July Parade under the theme "We the People." Emphasizing communities coming together and celebrating our freedom as one, the free, family fun event will feature over 70 entries including marching bands, floats, balloons, equestrian units and more, sure to inspire the patriot in every heart. The one-mile parade route begins on State Street and Capitol Avenue, turning right on Paseo Padre Parkway, then right on Walnut Avenue, right on California Street, and ending on Beacon Avenue.

4th of July Parade
Monday, July 4
10 a.m.
State St. and Capitol Ave., Fremont

Step back in time and enjoy the 4th 1900 style at Ardenwood Historic Farm. Games, contests, and races will provide fun for all to the tune of inspiring patriotic music from a brass band on the lawn and fiddles in the farmyard. Bring a picnic and enjoy the air of a simpler time.

Independence Day Celebration
Monday, July 4
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Ardenwood Historic Farm
34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont
(510) 544-2797
$8 adults, $6 seniors (62 and up), $5 kids ages 4-17, free for kids under 4


The Cherryland Community Association and Hayward Area Historical Society invite you to pack your picnic baskets and join them in celebrating the 4th at Meek Park. Kids will enjoy old-fashioned games and a History Hunt, while parents can relax and listen to live music provided by the Banjo Racketeers. Hourly guided tours of the Meek Mansion will also be available for $5 per person. Hot dogs and soda will be available to purchase.

Fourth of July at Meek Park
Monday, July 4
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Meek Park and Mansion
17365 Boston Rd., Hayward
(510) 581-0223


Enjoy music, games, and fun at the "Waving the Red, White & Blue" Pool Party from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Milpitas Firefighter Local 1699 will be serving a hot dog lunch for a small fee from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The first 10,000 people will be admitted to the evening concert and fireworks with gates opening at 6 p.m. (Tickets can be pre-purchased at the Community Center and Sports Center.) Make sure you have all your pals and gear with you because there are no "in and out" privileges. JamFunkShus kicks off the evening at 7 p.m. followed by an exciting fireworks display. Bring a picnic dinner or purchase refreshments on site courtesy of the Milpitas Parks and Recreation Foundation and Friends of Rainbow Theatre.

No alcohol, glass bottles, dogs or other pets are allowed at the event. Barbecuing or tailgating in the parking lot is also not allowed.

Red, White & Boom! Celebration
Monday, July 4
Pool Party: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
JamFunkShus Concert: 7 p.m.
Fireworks: 9:30 p.m.
Milpitas Sports Center
1325 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas
(408) 586-3210
Cost: $2 admission to pool party, $2 admission (ages 13 and up) to concert and fireworks


Treat yourself to a stack of pancakes, courtesy of local firefighters. For $5 your breakfast helps support the Alameda County Firefighters Local 55 Charity Fund, which facilitates involvement in community organizations and projects.

Firehouse Pancake Breakfast
Monday, July 4
8 a.m. - noon
Alameda County Fire Station #27
39039 Cherry St., Newark
(510) 667-3148
Cost: $5


Greet Independence Day with a vigorous four mile hike up Flag Hill. Wear hiking shoes and bring water as well as a breakfast snack to share.

Flag Hill Sunrise Hike
Monday, July 4
5 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Sunol Visitor Center
Sunol Regional Wilderness
1895 Geary Rd., Sunol
(510) 544-3249

For those who prefer to make their own party, remember that Newark and Union City are the only cities in the Greater Tri-City area that permit the sale and use of state-approved fireworks. Use in all other cities is illegal. Have a safe and fun holiday!

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