June 26, 2007 > America the Beautiful
America the Beautiful
It's our national birthday and Fremont's historic district of Niles is determined to live up to any and all superlatives that accompany July 4th fanfare. Traditionally, a rousing parade is the backdrop of whatever local festivities are planned for the afternoon and evening. Each year, Fremont rotates this parade between districts and this year, Niles has pulled out all stops to showcase the day, Niles' unique history and offer those unfamiliar with the district, a taste of why local citizens are so proud of their community.
Niles is well known to those interested in the role of railroads, the "Wild West" and studios such as Essanay during the early days of silent movies before "talkies" emerged. A walk down Niles Boulevard will immerse visitors in the patina of past glories and embrace the future as well. This is the perfect place to be on the morning of July 4th as this year's theme salutes "America the Beautiful."
Thousands of spectators are expected to line the parade route watching over 80 entries from across the country including: giant helium balloons, colorful floats, marching bands and drum corps, dancers and equestrian units. This year, the parade will begin at 10 a.m. traveling from "D" and Second Street proceeding to Niles Boulevard and "I" Street where a reviewing stand for judges and dignitaries will be located.
The parade route and its immediate environs - Niles Boulevard and Second Street between "D" and "J" streets (and Sullivan Underpass) - will close promptly at 7 a.m. although entry into the rest of Niles will remain open. Plan to arrive early to find parking and secure a good spot to view the parade. "This will be the largest parade ever in Fremont," says Al Cunha, local business owner and one of the parade organizers, "People should plan accordingly." He notes that shops and restaurants will be open for business following the parade, so those wishing to linger for the afternoon can stroll through distinctive businesses, have a bite to eat and avoid post-parade traffic.
More information can be found by calling Al Cunha (510) 396-0675 or Marie Dear (510) 651-05370. You can also visit www.niles.org or www.nilesmerchants.org on the web.
Directions to Niles:
From US Interstate Highways 680 and 880:
From Oakland and points north of Union City, take 880 South, exit at Alvarado-Niles Road and head east about six miles (Hayward residents near Mission Blvd. may want to follow alternate directions below).
From San Jose and points south, take 680 north to the second Mission Blvd. exit and drive north on Mission Blvd. for four miles. Turn left on Niles Blvd.
From Union City and parts of Hayward: Alvarado-Niles Rd east (and south) directly to Niles - or - Mission Blvd. east (and south) to Nursery Ave. Connect via Nursery Ave. with Niles Blvd. and continue east to enter Niles.
From many Fremont locations: Use Mission Blvd. traveling west and turn left at Niles Blvd.