Modesto Kiwanis Club Presents

Modesto’s Independence Day Parade


Parade Chairman:
Jeremiah Williams
(209) 522-3066

Sponsorship Contact:
Jeremiah Williams
(209) 522-3066

Entry Chairman:
John Field, DDS
(209) 480-1824

Media Chairman:
Ken McCall
(209)523-2971 ext 13

Celebration Banner

Click Here For Downloadable 2016 Parade Photos

Since 1874, the city of Modesto has celebrated the 4th of July with a parade through downtown. This year is no exception. A downtown parade at 9:30 a.m., kicks off this year’s Fourth of July celebration, on Tuesday, July 4th!

The 2017 parade theme is:

“Modesto, USA”

New This Year

Our opening ceremony will include a tribute to fallen officers Deputy Wallace, CSO Johnson and Deputy Garner, with a 1000 Sq Ft Aerial Flag Display, for all to see.

Sky diver Kent Lane, sponsored by Los Amigos Tire Pros, will be jumping from 10,000ft, and guiding a 1000 Sq Ft American Flag to our parade start!

Organized by the Modesto Kiwanis Club. Have a safe and wonderful 4th of July celebration!

Grand Marshals - Court Appointed Special Advocates, Women’s Haven, Modesto Gospel Mission

4th of July Champions - Ron & Janice Emerzian

Parade Announcers - Chris Murphy, Al Menshew

Official Photographer - Nicole Evans

Official Videographer - MYTV26

National Anthem - will be sung by Joshua Aguilera

God Bless America - will be sung by Gary Goodman

*** Volunteer Sign-Up Form ***

** Parade Entry Forms **

“Born on the 4th of July?” Anyone 1-100, who was born on the 4th of July, is invited to join the 23rd annual float by emailing Rachelle Barkus at or call (209)681-4925.

4th of July
All American Festival

11 AM - 3 PM

Tenth Street Plaza

1010 10th Street

Activities for Kids, Live Music,
Food and Craft Booths

12:15 – Flag Raising Cermony

12:20 – Parade Winners & Trophy Presentations

For questions call Anthony Butera at (209)315-5245

2017 Modesto July Parade Trophies To Be Awarded

  • Chairman’s Trophy
  • Overall Theme Trophy
  • Overall Equestrian Unit
  • Individual Equestrian
  • Equestrian Club
  • Farm Entry
  • Antique Car (Pre-1940)
  • Classic Car (Pre-1973)
  • Custom Car
  • Antique Car Club
  • Custom Car Club
  • Motorcycle Group
  • Marching Band
  • Musical Group
  • Dance/Drill/Cheer Group
  • Military Unit
  • Color Guard
  • Corporate Entry
  • Ethnic Group
  • Non-Profit Group
  • Comical/Entertaining Entry
  • Kids Group
  • Political Entry
  • Dignitary (Non-judged)

Modesto Parade Judges

Ron Emerzian as our Judge Chairman, Holly Beckstrom as our Equestrian Judge, Norm Porges, Lori Rosman, Lynn Dickerson, Suzy Luna, Cecil Russel, Dennis Wilson, Reggie Rucker, Carol Whiteside, Cindy Birdsill, and Yamilet Valladolid.

Thank A Kiwanian:  Kiwanis Club of Modesto, and North Modesto Kiwanis

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