The 10th Annual Santa Monica 4th of July Parade is almost here, and it’s not too late to get involved.
Founded and produced by the Ocean Park Association (OPA), the parade is a highlight on Santa Monica’s calendar and draws thousands to Main Street as it winds its way south from Pico to Marine and then Barnard Way.
The parade starts at 9:30 a.m., July 4. Almost 10,000 people were involved last year with this year promising to be grander than ever, according to parade chair, Jeff Jarow.
Participants: Parade participation can be as loosely structured as people wearing matching t-shirts or as beautifully decorated as a float with amplified musicians. From antique cars to cyclists, marching bands, dancers and more, you’ll see the red, white & blue in all shapes and sizes. The participation price is $25.
Spectators: in red, white and blue show up on the day of the Parade to sit on the curbs along Main Street and watch the fun, wave flags and cheer on the parade entries.
Volunteers: are invited to help during pre-parade setup, during the parade and post-event tasks. If you are an entrant in the parade and want to assist before or after, the parade organizers will work with your schedule.
Visit: santamonicaparade.com for participation/ entrant, volunteer signup and sponsorship/donation information. For more info on OPA go to: opa-sm.org.