Downtown Danville is preparing for an Independence Day tradition Friday morning, with the Kiwanis Club of the San Ramon Valley's annual July 4th parade set to get underway at 9 a.m.
This year's event, with a theme of "Celebrating Our American Freedom," is expected to draw tens of thousands of viewers and dozens of parading local organizations.
The streets of downtown will be closed to traffic from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, with the parade running from 9-11:30 a.m., according to town officials.
The parade starts at San Ramon Valley High School and will go down Hartz Avenue, continuing south on San Ramon Valley Boulevard to just past Sycamore Valley Road.
Street closures, openings
The following streets will be closed:
* Danville Boulevard between El Cerro Boulevard and Railroad Avenue
* Railroad Avenue between Hartz Avenue and Love Lane
* Love Lane between Railroad Avenue and Verona Avenue
* La Gonda Way between El Cerro Road and Danville Boulevard (local traffic only)
* Hartz Avenue between Railroad Avenue and Hartz Way
* San Ramon Valley Boulevard between Hartz Way and Sycamore Valley Road
* Westbound Sycamore Valley Road and Remington Loop between San Ramon Valley Boulevard and Sheri Lane (local resident traffic only)
* Residents around Hartley Drive and Ashley Circle who will need to get out of the neighborhood during the closure are encouraged to park on Laurel Drive. This ensures access to Brookside Drive or Hartz Way/Front Street
The following streets will be open to through traffic:
* Danville Boulevard from El Cerro Boulevard north
* Del Amigo Road
* Verona Avenue
* San Ramon Valley Boulevard south of West Sycamore Valley Road
* Front Street municipal parking lot
* Railroad Avenue municipal parking lot
* Clock Tower parking lot
* Park and Ride lot on Sycamore Valley Road
* Danville Library/Community Center parking lot
* Parking for persons with disabilities is available at Diablo Road at Front Street.
Bicycle parking: For bicycling attendees, a bike corral will be set up at the Balford Building at 675 Hartz Ave., courtesy of the San Ramon Valley High School football team. The bike corral, open from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, will be located in the parking lot next to Country Waffles, one block away from Iron Horse Trail access. Bicycles will be watched during those hours, according to town officials.
General parade information
The Fourth of July parade usually attracts between 35,000 to 40,000 attendees from the community, as well as residents from areas beyond Danville.
The Kiwanis Club expects about 125 entrants in 15 different categories: parade theme, animal, auto special interest or antique, band, church, community service, dance/theatrical, float, marching unit, neighborhood/HOA, novelty-comic group, retail business, scout unit, service business and sports team.
In addition, the parade is set to have two grand marshals:
* Art Gaskin, a local World War II veteran, who was an armored officer with the 2nd and 13th Armored divisions during WWII. He also served in the armies of occupation in Germany and Japan.
* Noah Bailey, a SPC with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in a Scout Sniper platoon as a designated marksman and gunner in Afghanistan. He was severely injured when the vehicle he was in took a direct hit from an IED.
The Kiwanis Club donates 100% of the net proceeds of the parade sponsorships to local community nonprofits through the SRV Kiwanis Foundation grants program.
Town officials said chairs are not allowed to be put on the sidewalk before 6 p.m. on Thursday (July 3). Town staff will remove chairs placed prior to that time. Chairs that are removed will be available for pickup on Monday (July 7) at the Town Service Center.
In addition, chairs, blankets and similar items should not be placed in ways that obstruct disabled access ramps on sidewalks.
For more information, contact Lt. Allan Shields at 314-3700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.