Be a part of the summer fun when visiting the Bay Area this Fourth of July. Join in on the local festivities as the community gets together to commemorate an event that is a cornerstone to American history.
The Alameda Fourth of July Parade RACE is one of the largest Independence Day parade in the nation. With over 175 floats and 2,500 participants, this 3-mile long parade has become the central activity of the Bay Area's Fourth of July celebrations.
The island tradition starts with a five kilometer (3.1 miles) run (or walk) through downtown Alameda beginning at 9:45 am, just before the parade at Pier 3, next to the USS Hornet Museum. Catch one of the best hometown celebrations in the East Bay and check out the elaborate floats, performances by local dance troops, equestrians, and antique cars driving down the parade route. The route begins on Lincoln Avenue between Grand Avenue and Park Street and ends at Haight and Webster in front of the judge's stand. There are nearby parking lots and garages for those driving but watch out for detours and street closures.
The festivities go on all day with live music, dancing, attractions, and plenty of food and drinks from local vendors. Of course, don't miss out on the impressive fireworks display at 9 pm, promising a celebration in the sky that the kids will love.
The Fourth of July Events in Alameda isn't just fun, proceeds benefit the Alameda Midway Shelter for Abused & Homeless Women and Children. If you cannot attend the R.A.C.E. but would like to help support the Midway Shelter, you may donate at any time.
The Hawthorn Suites Oakland Alameda is just a quick 1.6 miles from all of the Fourth of July action. Feel free to check out the parade in the morning and head back to your comfortable suite to relax before the evening festivities and fireworks.