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June 25, 2013 > Letter to the Editor: July 4th Parade: a show of pride in the United States and Fremont

Letter to the Editor: July 4th Parade: a show of pride in the United States and Fremont

Fremont is well known for its diverse population. People from all over the world have picked Fremont to set up household, to work and raise a family. Over 150 countries of origin represent us with over 130 languages spoken in the homes.

An event that is observed and celebrated worldwide is a birthday. Everyone has a birthday. There's nothing strange about that. However, when it comes to the birthday of our country, many people do not recognize the special day that it is. If you forget the birthday of your mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter or your spouse, you may not live that down. However, when it comes to July 4th, many people don't seem to care. July 4th is just another holiday that means a day off from work, a day to play, a day to have fun, or a day to enjoy an outdoor BBQ.

July 4th may not carry the same significance as a personal birthday, but it is a day we should take pride in observing. Whether you and your family have been here for one or many generations, or whether you are a newcomer, we all have one thing in common; you are here and enjoy the liberty and freedom this country has to offer.

In Fremont, we recognize this proud day with a parade. The parade is organized by a non-profit community group, Fremont July 4 Parade. All Funds for the parade are generated by soliciting sponsorships from local companies and individuals. You might assume that the City of Fremont (COF) provides funds for the parade but that is not the case. Surprisingly, COF does not contribute to the parade's $50,000 cost. It may also be a surprise that the city charges the Fremont July 4 Parade for providing required city services (police, fire, maintenance); City service fees account for more than 25% of the parade cost.

While we have been able to raise a good portion of funds needed, a gap of about $15,000 remains. We are appealing to the general public to help close the gap. This is possible if everyone chips in and makes a small donation of $5, $10, or whatever amount is comfortable. Please take pride in helping to make this a special day for the residents of Fremont and the Tri-Cities area.

You can send your donation to Fremont 4th of July Parade, P.O. Box 1372, Fremont, CA 94538 or visit www.fremont4th.org to make an on-line donation.

Let's show how proud we are to be living in Fremont and celebrate our national holiday with a fun-filled July 4th parade. Together we can make it happen!

Contribute now and come to the parade on July 4th (parade route at Paseo Padre Parkway and Capitol, in front of City Hall)!


Steve Cho
Committee Member, Fremont July 4th Parade

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