This year's theme is "A Salute to Our Veterans, Thank You for Your Service to Our Country." Grand marshals will be from each of the U.S. Armed Forces: Army, Navy/Marines, Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard.
The annual 4th of July Parade Commemorative Button was designed by Joseph Sullivan of www.JSDesigns100.com to showcase the parade theme. Buttons are sold prior to the parade for $2 each or at the parade for $3 each, to benefit Kiwanis programs and local charities. A limited number of buttons from previous years are also available for sale.
The parade begins at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 4, and will run from the corner of Hartz and Railroad avenues, go south down Hartz and San Ramon Valley Boulevard, and will end at the corner of Sycamore Valley Road.
The Kiwanis-Danville 4th of July Parade typically attracts from 35,000-40,000 attendees including local community residents as well as friends and family from areas far beyond Danville. This year Kiwanis expects about 125 entries in 24 categories. Each category will receive a Best of Parade trophy, to be awarded at the Kiwanis luncheon meeting on Thursday, July 12.
Categories are marching unit, band, horse, float, majorette, parade theme, antique auto, bicycle, novelty-comic, animal non-horse, special interest auto, Scout troop, school, dance/theatrical, family, country club, real estate office, neighborhood/homeowner association, church group, retail business, bank-financial, service business, sports team, community service/special interest-nonprofit community organizations, civic or public safety organizations.
All parade entries must be done online at www.kiwanis-srv.org or contact the Parade Hot Line at 425-1013.
Organizers also note that the Town of Danville will remove chairs and other items placed on the parade route to reserve places before 6 p.m. July 3.
-Dolores Fox Ciardelli