The 2018 Kiwanis 4th of July Parade has passed! Please click below to view photos from the 2018 parade, and be sure to check back again in early 2019 for details regarding next year's celebration!
2018 Kiwanis 4th of July Parade
In partnership with the Town of Danville
The annual Kiwanis 4th of July Parade will take place on Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 from 9am-noon in downtown Danville, California.
The Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley has organized and conducted the annual Kiwanis 4th of July Parade in partnership with the Town of Danville since 1975. The parade attracts 30,000-40,000 spectators each year and is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate America's birth.
A Team Effort
The parade is co-sponsored by the Town of Danville, supported by community groups such as the Aktion Club, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts, National Charity League, and Boys Team Charity, and sponsored by local businesses and individuals (see our Sponsors page). All proceeds raised are redistributed to local nonprofits through grants issued by the San Ramon Valley Kiwanis Foundation (see our Grants page).
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 surrounding San Ramon Valley areas. The Museum of the San Ramon Valley will serve as the parade marshall. Click the button below to read more about Danville's heritage and 4th of July celebrations, written by Beverly Lane.
Date & Time
The parade will begin at 9:00am on the morning of Wednesday, July 4th, 2018, and will run roughly three hours.
The parade starts at the north end of town near San Ramon Valley High School and travels south along Hartz Avenue and San Ramon Valley Boulevard for about one mile, ending at Sycamore Valley Rd. The parade can be seen from either side of the street and there is always plenty of room for everyone!
Parade goers may put out chairs along the parade route AFTER 6pm on July 3rd. During the afternoon on July 3rd, Maintenance Services staff, assisted by Danville Police, will sweep the route before 6pm and will remove any chairs placed before the deadline. These items will be stored at the Maintenance Services facility at 1000 Sherburne Hills Rd, and can be picked up on or after July 5, 2018 during business hours. When placing chairs, do not block handicap accessible ramps on the street corners or sidewalk access. Please be mindful of those who need to use the ramps.
Chalk and tape may NOT be used to reserve seating along the parade route and does NOT constitute reservation of a space. Chalk and tape create a mess that is both problematic and cost prohibitive to clean up. Town of Danville Maintenance Services Director Jed Johnson said due to federal stormwater guidelines, powerwashing the chalk marks would require both the use of recycled water and specialized equipment to keep the water out of the storm drains.
The additional staff time needed to remove the tape placed on sidewalks and asphalt, coupled with the time and effort needed to powerwash the entire parade route, under the current guidelines, would be both challenging and cost prohibitive.
Jed Johnson, Town of Danville Maintenance Services Director
We encourage parade goers to put down chairs after 6pm, and cooperate with one another so that we can all see and enjoy this great annual tradition together. Please note that the Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley, Town of Danville, and other organizing groups are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
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 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. Please do not mark sidewalks with chalk, tape, or other materials.
- Please be considerate. The downtown Danville area will be very crowded before, during, and after the parade. In addition to the above requests, everyone in attendance is asked to exercise patience, consideration, and common sense throughout the event.
Parking is available at several municipal lots including:
- Front Street Municipal Parking Lot
- Railroad Avenue Municipal Parking Lot
- Clock Tower Parking Lot
- Danville Library/Community Center Parking Lot
- Rose Street Parking Lot
Given the expected crowd size, 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 is available at Diablo Road at Front Street, and accessible seating along the parade route will be offered at the intersection of Hartz and Prospect.
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.
Specifically, the following streets will be closed:
- Danville Boulevard between El Cerro Boulevard and Railroad Ave.
- Railroad Ave. between Hartz Ave. and Love Ln.
- Love Lane between Railroad Ave. and Verona Ave.
- La Gonda Way between El Cerro Boulevard and Danville Blvd.
- Hartz Avenue between Railroad Ave. and Hartz Way
- San Ramon Valley Boulevard between Hartz Way and Sycamore Valley Rd.
- Westbound Sycamore Valley Road and Remington Loop between San Ramon Valley Boulevard and Sheri Ln.
Through traffic may utilize Danville Boulevard from El Cerro Boulevard north San Ramon Valley Boulevard south of Sycamore Valley Road West.
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.
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 refreshments with them to the parade.
Per Town of Danville ordinances, consumption of alcohol in a non-designated area is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
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.
'Missing man' flyover
A special thank you to the Memorial Squadran / GoSimple Solar for their planned 'Missing Man' Flyover. From the group:
We are looking forward to another fun 4th of July parade. This year we are honored to represent our 501c3 organization, Memorial Squadron. Our mission is to honor those who served in our military, living or deceased by performing “Missing Man” flyovers, rides to Veterans and supporting a variety of community events. Memorial Flight consists of Mark’s 1956 USAF T34, a very large group of fellow aviators and their airplanes.
This upcoming parade we may have up to 8 planes flying overhead, starting at 0915. They will fly from the North to the South, then come back around and perform the missing man formation. We will also represent Memorial Squadron in the parade with our US Army M923A2 5 ton Military truck, nicknamed “Bertha."
if you see something, say something
In addition to the safety tips provided throughout this page, the Danville Police Department requests the community's assistance in reporting any suspicious activity: If you see something, say something.
Please report any suspicious activity to lawe enforcement personnel patrolling the parade route. If you cannot locate an officer and feel something constitutes a safety hazard and should be dealt with immediately, call 911. If you feel what you are seeing does not need an immediate response, you can contact the Danville Police Department's non-emergency number, (925) 820-2144.
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. Registration will close on Monday, June 18th. Please click below for more information and to register prior to the posted deadline:
Below is a list of registered parade entrants and associated group statements.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-272-8207 with any questions.
The Kiwanis Club of the San Ramon Valley has been organizing and running the parade since 1975. That's 40+ years for and in partnership with the Town of Danville. Our affiliated SRV Kiwanis Foundation raises funds from the parade which we then re-distribute to local charities throughout the Tri-Valley area through our grants program. The SRV Kiwanis Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3); donations are tax-deductible. Thank you for your interest in supporting our cause through a financial donation.