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June 11, 2013 > Fremont 4th July Parade

Fremont 4th July Parade

Submitted By Jesse Schaa and Keith Elrod

The Fremont 4th of July Parade Committee, a non-profit group of individuals, is proud to announce the 2013 Fremont Chevrolet 4th of July Parade representing the Niles District of Fremont with the theme, "United We Fremont."

This year's Grand Marshal is Emmy winning reporter of ABC-7 News, Lyanne Melendez. She has traveled throughout the world on special assignments and received numerous honors and awards. As a salute to 44 years of outstanding service to the City of Fremont, our honorary Grand Marshal is former Police Chief Craig Steckler. This will be the first parade in which he will be riding instead of driving the iconic 1948 police car.

We are proud to announce our three judges who represent the best of Fremont: Gail Keene, Treasurer of the Niles Main Street Association; Dorothy Bradly, president of the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum; and Brian Hughes, representing Fremont Bank.

The Fremont Fourth of July parade is full of fun for everyone, beginning with a flyover by the California Beech Boys who will perform in the skies above the parade route prior to the start of the parade. The Nox Votive Choir from Taiwan, a group of 90 school children from second to seventh grade, will sing our National Anthem followed by antique cars and trucks, motorcycles, custom bicycles, marching bands, colorful floats and specialty groups.

This year, as in every year, we are adding a unique touch. Last year, the Fremont Fourth of July Parade was broadcast live around the world via Facebook and Twitter; the feedback was incredible. This year, we will be streaming live video. Visit the parade's website ( for the broadcast.

The 4th of July Parade is produced entirely by donations of time, money, and in-kind services from local individuals, organizations, businesses and corporations. This is not a City of Fremont sponsored event. There are number of opportunities to take part and support the parade. Please visit our website ( to make a donation, of at least $5, or volunteer to help out at the parade. All volunteers receive a parade volunteer t-shirt.

The parade follows a circular route starting at State Street and Capitol Avenue, right onto Paseo Padre Parkway, right onto Walnut Avenue, right onto Liberty Street and left on Beacon Avenue, ending at State Street. There is plenty of parking and many observation areas around the route. Parking within the route perimeter is not recommended; these streets will be closed from 7 a.m. until about an hour after the parade ends.

During this and other Fremont events, be aware of your surroundings and report suspicious activity. "If you see something, say something." If you see suspicious behavior or situations, do not confront the individuals involved. You can 1) call the Fremont Police Department at 790-6800, option 3; 2) TEXT-A-TIP to FREMONTPD; 3) or send an email to In an emergency, please dial 9-1-1. Please remember that is impossible to identify a terrorist by appearance, nationality, and language.

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