Danville Express

Perspective - June 29, 2007

A popular celebration

Danville will be front and center in Wednesday's Independence Day display of patriotism. The Kiwanis Fourth of July Parade draws thousands from near and far to enjoy its old-fashioned hospitality as folks from throughout the San Ramon Valley and beyond gather to express our joy that we are the United States of America and have been for 231 years. It's the time we set aside our political differences to appreciate being Americans and the opportunities we have living in our country, and especially living here.

The parade in Danville has grown into a local phenomenon, with reports showing that as many as 30,000-40,000 people attend. Just what draws such a crowd to Danville for our parade? There so many other wonderful places people can spend a holiday around here - beaches, parks and the mountains are all just a short drive away. What makes thousands and thousands of people converge on Danville?

Something draws parade-goers to this particular event to demonstrate their pride in our country and their happiness at being Americans. Somehow Danville has become that place to share in the camaraderie, probably in large part because of our charming downtown and our welcoming attitude. The Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley draws on its decades of experience to present a parade that runs smoothly and improves every year. Local businesses help out by distributing everything from bottles of water to trash bags. And the Town of Danville and its Police Department also work hard to make sure that everything stays safe and sane.

The Fourth of July gathering is a chance to show off our charming town for visitors who, hopefully, will want to return again and again to enjoy our shops and restaurants. How wonderful that the Fourth of July parade belongs to Danville. How great to welcome the greater community here to celebrate our biggest national holiday. Happy Independence Day.


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