4th of July Parade, Monterey, CA

The opening of the Monterey 4th of July Parade.

In the United States, the 4th of July is a day to celebrate our independence; it’s the day back in 1776 that a group of men signed a declaration that claimed we were no longer a colony of England. Granted, it took many more years to make that declaration come true but that single act took great courage and it showed how we could take many disparate people (our Founding Fathers did not agree on everything) and make a government work despite the differences.

A 4th of July parade is a celebration of those differences and how we can all pull together despite them.


Music is an important addition to any 4th of July parade.

A snapshot of the Peace Coalition.

Point in fact, the parade in Monterey, CA, a town that celebrates it’s military connections, both historic and modern while boasting one of the largest Peace Coalitions in Northern California. It’s a celebration of sustainable practices (bikes, anyone?) and fossil fuel burning beauties. Like many parades in the US, it’s a joyful noise of young and old, most dressed in red, white, and blue, all smiling while dancing, prancing, singing, and marching along a route lined by applauding community members.

A vintage fire truck precedes the important birthday cake.

This year, the morning was unseasonably gorgeous, the ever present gray fog banned from the surrounding area. And the highlight of my day was a little girl, not more than 3 years old, whose eyes lit up at the sight of a giant birthday cake coming down the street. She didn’t understand that we were celebrating a nation’s birthday, but her excitement reminded me that all of us should look at the world through a child’s eyes and see the wonder.

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The British are coming!

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A parade is not complete without the clowns.

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Why does Laguna Seca Raceway have a rat as a mascot?

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The Scots.

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Famous George of George’s Birds of Monterey.

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Roller Derby anyone?

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The Cat in the Hat came to Monterey! Libraries rock!

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Seaside High School ROTC – most impressive military entry in the parade.

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Immigrants from the past.

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A very proud living historian.

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It wouldn’t be Monterey without sea creatures.

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A celebration of Brazilian culture.

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More Brazilian dancers.

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This young lady wins my vote for the most Patriotic Costume of the day.

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4 thoughts on “4th of July Parade, Monterey, CA

  1. Thank you for these thoughts and great photos. I particularly like the sea creatures and am even more sorry I didn’t go to the Monterey Aquarium when I recently had the opportunity. Had I known you had fauna like THIS . . . .

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    • I have to admit I’ve never seen that type of fish in the Aquarium before but Monterey Bay is a magical place… you never can tell what you might run into.

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