Fremont to mark U.S. independence with 20th annual parade

Fremont will be celebrating the nation’s independence with its 20th annual Fourth of July Parade.

The popular event, which draws thousands of spectators each year, will start at 10 a.m., and usually runs until about noon.

The parade includes marching bands, dance troupes, balloons, cars and decorative floats. This year’s parade will feature a replica Wells Fargo stagecoach, drawn by four horses, carrying Mayor Lily Mei and members of the City Council.

The route will begin at the corner of Paseo Padre Parkway and Stevenson Boulevard, and move north on Paseo Padre Parkway.

It will turn west on Capitol Avenue where it terminates at the intersection with Liberty Street.

Before the parade starts, there will also be a flyover by the “Beech Boys,” a group of pilots doing formations in Beechcraft airplanes.

This year’s grand marshal is Robert Tavares, a longtime resident, community booster, real estate agent and former chair of the city’s Historical Architecture Review Board.

Katie Traynor, 18, a recent graduate of Newark Memorial High School, will sing the national anthem.

The parade has several stations for filling water containers, as well as portable restrooms along the route. There are no food vendors, though there are plenty of local restaurants and eateries nearby.

Organizers recommend arriving around 9 a.m. to secure a spot along the route.

For more information about the parade, or to volunteer, go to www.fremont4th.org.