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July 9, 2008 > 'America Sings' lights up Centerville

'America Sings' lights up Centerville

Centerville was the center of Independence Day action on the morning of July 4, 2008. Thousands lined the parade route in Fremont to view two hours of non-stop action as bands, equestrian units, trucks, cars, marching groups, twirlers and pirates, to name just a few moved along Fremont Boulevard waving, cheering and singing to the admiring crowd. Although the weather was a bit cool, the action was hot and spirits were high as the roar of Harley-Davidson motorcycles opened the festivities followed by sirens, music and song. Judges faced a monumental task as they were forced to decide which entries would receive top honors. The real winners were all entrants and those who enjoyed a spectacle that revives the knowledge that the American spirit is alive and well. Congratulations to all participants and those who worked hard to make this a memorable celebration.

Drum and Bugle Corps
1 Renegades
2 Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets

Community Marching Musical Unit
1 Falun Dafa
2 Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Pipes and Drums
3 Tri City Band Corps

Scholastic Marching Musical Unit
1 Fremont Education Foundation
2 American High School Band

Non Commercial Float
1 Irvington Business District
2 Rotary Area 3 - district 5170
3 Fremont Rotary

Commercial Float
1 Dale Hardward
2 Pirates of Emerson
3 Wells Fargo

Drill/Dance Baton
1 K&K Twirlers
2 City of Fremont Dancers
3 Can Do It Square Dancers

Novelty
1 Taiwanese American Federation of Northern California
2 Water Concepts Bath and Kitchen Showroom
3 Mission San Jose Chamber of Commerce

Novelty/Youth
1 Bay Aerials Gymnastics
2 Pacific West Gymnastics
3 Briones Kajukenbo Karate

Vehicle/Antique
1 Mission Peak Heritage Foundation
2 Brake-Away A's Model A Ford Club
3 Washington Township Historical Society

Equestrian
1 Double O.D. Ranch
2 East Bay Regional Parks Mounted Patrol

Most Patriotic Spirit Award
** Fremont Harley Owners Group

Most Patriotic Decorated Vehicle Award
** Fremont Flowers and Gifts

People's Choice Award
** Sikhs Engaged in Volunteer Activities

Next year's Fourth of July Parade will be held in the Warm Springs District of Fremont. A "Theme and Logo" contest is currently being held and all are invited to submit their entries. Deadline for entries is October 1, 2008. Previously, parade themes have included: Let Freedom Ring; Looking Back, Looking Forward; America Sings, America the Beautiful and others. Electronic entries are preferred sent to Patty: hprincess67@aol.com or Jan hillfam16@aol.com. Entries can also be mailed to: Fremont Fourth of July Parade, P. O. Box 641372, Fremont, CA 94538.

This annual event is completely organized and financially supported and run by the greater Fremont area community and hundreds of volunteers on the front lines and behind the scenes. It is not a city sponsored event at this time.

Business, corporate and/or individual donations and contributions at any time are welcome. Checks can be made payable and sent to: Fremont 4th of July Parade, P.O. Box 641372, Fremont, CA 94538. Contributions not used are carried over from one year to the next. The parade rotates throughout the City of Fremont.

For more information, visit: www.fremont4thofjulyparade.org or email inquiries to Patty hprincess67@aol.com or Jan hillfam16@aol.com.

See you next year in Warm Springs!

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