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May 25, 2010 > Stars and Stripes Forever

Stars and Stripes Forever

Although lately the weather has been uncooperative, refusing to yield gracefully to summer sun and warm temperatures, it is inevitable that both will arrive shortly. With the end of the school year and barbeque grills heating up in backyards, the nation's birthday is on the horizon. Fourth of July activities are beginning to appear on calendars and one of the biggest in the Tri-City area is the Fremont Fourth of July Parade.

Preparation for this massive event is a year round activity which shifts its location between historic districts each year. This year's parade, themed "Stars and Stripes Forever" will be hosted by Mission San Jose and again, is supported by volunteer efforts and contributions. Parade Chairpersons Bob Tavares and Connie Andrade of the Mission San Jose Chamber of Commerce promise a parade and setting that will continue a tradition of great family fun on the anniversary of our nation's birthday. Started in 1999 by the City of Fremont, parade responsibilities and funding has been a volunteer effort since 2003 when budget cuts forced the City of Fremont to abandon the effort. This is not a city-sponsored event; it relies exclusively on private contributions and volunteer efforts.

In spite of financial and organizational challenges, each district has taken rotating responsibility for the parade which has continued to grow in size and stature. The tradition has continued without interruption and this year presents unique challenges due to the economic maelstrom that has affected all aspects of the community. Organizers are undaunted and have promised an even bigger and better parade than ever this year. Marching bands, floats, equestrian units, balloons and hometown entries are expected along with some surprises for the tens of thousands of spectators that line the route every year.

As always, the parade will be held on July 4th and begins at 10 a.m. This year, the Grand Marshal will be Television Personality, Spencer Christian of KGO-TV, weather forecaster and co-host of the weekly TV show View from the Bay.

Donations and volunteer support is especially needed this year since many traditional sponsors are feeling the effects of the economy. Any support is gratefully accepted and, as a hometown parade, all are invited to participate. For more information, to volunteer or donate, please contact Patty Hitchcock at or visit

Donations can be mailed to:
Fremont 4th of July Parade
P O Box 1372
Fremont, CA 94538

Any remaining funds are carried over from one year to the next (or one District to the next), as the parade rotates around our town to a new site each year. Fremont 4th of July Parade has IRS non-profit organization tax status. All contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law. Special incentive packages are available for large donors.

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