The Kiwanis of San Ramon Valley is not only planning its annual parade for the morning of July 4. It is also hosting a huge birthday celebration July 3 to commemorate Danville's 150th birthday. Co-hosts are the Town of Danville and the Museum of the San Ramon Valley.
"This is possibly the biggest anniversary celebration the San Ramon Valley has ever seen," said co-chairman David Romano. "It's unbelievable we can provide all this fun and no charge to the public."
Everyone is invited to take part, from the hayrides through town, to games and goodies next to the Museum on Railroad and Prospect Avenues, to a free barbecue at the Town Green on Front Street. The event is called Hay Days and it's also celebrating the first Hay Days, which was held 50 years ago to celebrate Danville's centennial. That Hay Days is considered the forerunner to today's highly successful Fourth of July Parade.
"We are recreating Hay Days the best we can and attempting to bring people back in time," said co-chairwoman Nancy Bray.
She noted that thanks to Safeway, the entire event is being offered at no charge to the public.
In the Railroad Avenue parking lot, next to the Museum, from 5-8 p.m. there will be kids' carnival games (modern and old fashioned); musical entertainment; a Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Social; a Kids and Pets Costume Parade; an old-fashioned 1850s-1950s Bathing Suit Show; a horse exhibition by the Diablo Arabian Horse Association; and the coronation of Miss Pioneer Belle
On July 4, the parade begins at 9 a.m., an hour earlier than in previous years because of the larger number of entries and due to the expected heat. Entries this year must offer entertainment value. Parade chairman is Rob Goldstein.
A complete Hay Days schedule in included in the second section of this paper. It is also online at www.kiwanis-srv.org.