Two days of festivities will celebrate Danville's sesquicentennial and the 50-year anniversary of the beginning of Hay Days, which was originally a four-day celebration of the town's centennial in 1958 that concluded with a parade. It continued until 1962 when it was scaled back to just the Fourth of July parade, which has taken place each summer since. The Kiwanis are reenacting Hay Days but in a period of four hours instead of four days.
"We are recreating Hay Days the best we can and attempting to bring people back in time," said Nancy Bray of the Kiwanis Club. She noted that thanks to Safeway, the entire event is being offered at no charge to the public.
The Town of Danville is hosting a community picnic on the town green on Front Street next to the library from 4-7 p.m., and the Fabulous Cruisetones will play music from the 1950s.
Meanwhile, there will be carnival games, train rides and a Kid's & Pet Costume Parade on Railroad Avenue by the Museum of the San Ramon Valley. There will also be an old-fashioned bathing suit show, live music, an Arabian horse show and the coronation of Miss Pioneer Belle. Hay rides will transport people between the two venues.
The Role Players Ensemble is presenting the "Danville's Got Talent" show beginning at 8 p.m. in the Veteran's Hall at Hartz and Prospect.
The Fourth of July Parade starts at 9 a.m. this year, an hour earlier than usual, to try to escape the midday heat, said organizers. It is scheduled to run until 12:30 p.m., and the theme will be "Celebrating Hay Days."
"This is possibly the biggest anniversary celebration the San Ramon Valley has ever seen," said Romano. "It's unbelievable we can provide all this fun and no charge to the public."
That evening, San Ramon will host a Star Spangled Spectacular in its Central Park at 5 p.m., with fireworks beginning at 9:35 p.m.
For a complete schedule of events, go to www.kiwanis-srv.org. And don't forget to sign up to be in one of the shows.
Sign up for Hay Days fun
Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley has application forms on its Web site to enter the parade and Hay Days events. Visit www.kiwanis-srv.org.
* July 4th Special Edition 50th Anniversary Hay Days Parade (all entries must offer entertainment value)
* July 3rd Kid's & Pet Costume Parade (no entry fee required); limited to the first 100 entries.
* July 3rd Old Fashioned 1850s-1950s Bathing Suit Show (no entry fee required); limited to the first 25 entries
* July 3rd Talent Show (no entry fee required).
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