Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley
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Parade

2018 Kiwanis 4th of July Parade

The Annual Kiwanis 4th of July Parade will take place from 9am-noon on Wednesday, July 4th, 2018, in downtown Danville, California. Please review the information below for additional details, and check back often for updates!

Overview

The Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley has organized and conducted the Annual Kiwanis 4th of July Parade since 1975. The parade attracts 30,000-40,000 spectators each year and is a great opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate America's birth.

The parade is co-sponsored by the Town of Danville, supported by community groups such as the Aktion Club and Boy Scouts of America, and sponsored by local businesses and individuals (see our Sponsors page). All proceeds raised through sponsorship and participant registration fees are redistributed to local nonprofits through grants issued by the San Ramon Valley Kiwanis Foundation (see our Grants page). 

Parade Sponsors

Celebrating Danville's Heritage

This year's parade theme is Celebrating Danville's Heritage, which gives us an opportunity to celebrate the rich heritage of the Town of Danville and San Ramon Valley. Please click the button below to read more about Danville's heritage and the 4th of July Parade. 

The first one Professor Smith recalls took place in the early 1850s just east of George Van Gordon’s house in Danville. It had all the classic elements. The picnic had a beef and mutton barbeque plus shared pies and breads. He particularly mentions the blackberry pie and his first ever orange. Four patriotic addresses (with pioneers Daniel Inman and John M. Jones as features speakers) were interspersed with band numbers and followed by literary exercises. A detail of soldiers was also present. There were running and jumping matches. A wild horse was brought to provide a riding exhibition and the 6’4” rider, Jesse Bowles, showed off his skills.
— Beverly Lane, Fourth of July Celebrations in the San Ramon Valley, 2007

Date & Time

The parade will begin at 9:00am on the morning of Wednesday, July 4th, 2018, and will run roughly 2-3 hours.

Location

The parade starts at the north end of town and travels down Hartz Avenue and San Ramon Valley Boulevard for about one mile. The parade can be seen from either side of the street and there is always plenty of room for everyone!

Please note that the Town of Danville allows parade-goers to set up chairs along the parade route at 6pm on July 3rd, but requests that tape, chalk, or other similar methods of marking spaces not be used. Please note that the Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley or Town of Danville are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

SeatING

Sidewalk space is available for bring-your-own-seating on a first come, first served basis. In past years, parade-goers have set blankets and chairs out the evening before the parade to 'reserve' their spot. Parade organizers will continue to support this tradition, but members of the community are kindly asked to respect the following:

  • No chairs placed or other forms of setup to begin before 6pm on Monday, July 3rd. Anything placed prior to this time is subject to removal!
  • Marking sidewalks with chalk, tape, or other materials is prohibited. Marking sidewalks places the burden of cleanup on parade organizers, volunteers, the Town of Danville, and downtown merchants. Markings are subject to removal
  • Please be considerate. Space is limited and the downtown area will be very crowded before, during, and after the parade. In addition to the above items, everyone in attendance is asked to exercise patience, consideration, and common sense throughout the event. 

Parking

Parking in or near the downtown Danville area will be very limited and alternative travel arrangements such as walking or biking are strongly recommended. Parade-goers may consider parking at the Sycamore Park & Ride parking lot and use Iron Horse Trail to walk to the downtown Danville area.Accessible parking near the parade route and seating along the parade route will be offered. Please contact parade@srvkiwanis.org for additional information. 

ANIMALS

Due to noise, crowds, heat, the presence of young children, and nature of the event, we do not advise bringing non-service animals to the 4th of July Parade.

PROMOTIONAL ITEMS

Many parade entrants choose to distribute promotional items to parade-goers along the parade route. While we welcome this tradition, please note that parade entrants are only permitted to hand items out during the parade, and entrants are NOT PERMITTED to throw items under any circumstances. Spraying water is also strictly prohibited.

We ask members of the community to assist entrants in abiding by these important rules by not encouraging the throwing of items or spraying of water during the parade.

FOOD & beverages

Some businesses in the downtown Danville area will be open during the parade and may offer food and beverages for purchase. Street vendors are not permitted. Parade-goers are encouraged to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages with them to the parade.

Per Town of Danville ordinances, consumption of alcohol in a non-designated area is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.

STREET CLOSURES

The streets along and surrounding the parade route will close at approximately 7am on the day of the parade. Please arrive early and plan on parking on the outskirts of town and walking or biking to downtown Danville.

ENTRANT REGISTRATION

Members of the community, including individuals as well as nonprofit, for-profit, government, neighborhood, school, and other community groups are invited to participate in the 2018 4th of July Parade. Please click below for more information and to register: 

Questions?

The Annual Kiwanis 4th of July Parade is organized and conducted by the Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley. The 2018 Parade Committee includes Stuart Steele, Parade Chair; Kent Screechfield, Parade Co-Chair; and Tory Taylor, Parade Co-Chair.

Please contact parade@srvkiwanis.org or 925-272-8207 with any questions.

Parade photos (previous years)