Thousands gather for Fourth of July parade in downtown Danville

Community celebrates 243 years of independence with annual Kiwanis parade

Thousands attended this year's Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley Independence Day Parade, which rode through downtown Danville on Thursday. (photo by Ryan J. Degan)

Thousands of visitors from throughout the Bay Area gathered in downtown Danville on Thursday morning to watch a procession of more than 100 floats in the annual Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley Independence Day Parade.

For more than 40 years, the Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley has coordinated the parade, and throughout all of those years, families continue to come out and celebrate community and the birth of the United States.

“We have a tradition we come out every year. This is our ‘umpteenth’ year coming. We find our spot, put our pillows down and watch the parade together as a father and daughter,” said Danville local Tom Clements, who attended with his daughter, Makenna. “I think it's really eclectic and that's what makes it pretty special. The patriotic part is really sweet and again the young kids and families getting into the parade is just really sweet.”

“We always look forward to the military commemorations and the (aerial) flyovers when they happen,” Makenna added.

This year’s parade was marshaled by the American Legion Mt. Diablo Post 246 in honor of the American Legion’s 100th anniversary, and included a huge variety of floats. The procession consisted of a military marching band playing patriotic music, local sports teams throwing candy into the crowd, local companies on decorated floats, veterans and their families marching with heads held high, military vehicles such as jeeps and a Vietnam War-era helicopter, dance troupes, packs of dogs alongside their human companions, and a mix match of many other residents and groups marching through downtown Danville.

Large numbers of Girl and Boy Scouts of all ages could also be found marching in the parade, holding American flags and proudly representing their various troupes.

While the parade went by, stunt planes could be seen flying overhead throughout the event, flying in tight formations and performing stunning aerial acrobatics.

Public officials aplenty could also be found waving to crowds in the back of convertibles or walking and interacting with residents.

Local U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier and State Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan could be seen handing out candy to kids and trading high-fives with constituents, as well as State Senator Steve Glazer and County Supervisor Candace Andersen who rode by in their vehicles.

Danville Mayor Robert Storer and each of his fellow council members were also present in the parade, waving American flags and cheering with their fellow residents.

Residents arrived early to pick out their spots, some tying down chairs to reserve an area the night before, through their own experience with the parade the Clementses had their own strategy for finding a prime parade-watching spot.

“We do this every year where we come an hour before and we sneak in with these pillows and we just find a spot in between people that have been waiting all night,” Makenna said with a laugh.

Every year the parade is sponsored by the San Ramon Valley Kiwanis Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting the region’s communities through various volunteer projects and events, such as the Danville parade, and through offering small grants to organizations in need.

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Posted by Danville
a resident of Danville
on Jul 5, 2019 at 7:49 am

Enjoy celebrating our flag and all the good it stands for, as it is only a matter of time before the liberals running this state outlaw flying our flag as it offends the Colin Kapernicks of the world and their misguided and uninformed rhetoric. The biggest threat to our country is not Russia, China, Iran, or any other foreign nation, but rather our own internal division and destruction of our long standing American core values. We now live in a world where self described Socialist are elected politicians and are using their influence and the biased media to challenge everything great and sacred about our country.

First, Nike gives in to these uneducated liberals in attacking our flag being on shoes, as our flag "offends" them. Now, politicians in San Francisco are questioning the actual flying of our flag outside of government offices, although they embrace flying the rainbow flag for an entire month. Suddenly, Old Glory is being treated like a Nazi flag by the liberals, while most of us simply sit quiet and do not speak up, for fear of being labeled a racist for honoring our flag.

Come on people, speak up, be heard, let Nike, and the liberal politicians know your thoughts, your opinions, that our flag is a symbol of greatness, American values, and we will not be intimated by the media or the extreme left.

God bless America, and God bless our American flag, and all she stands for!!

8 people like this
Posted by Another resident of Danville
a resident of Danville
on Jul 5, 2019 at 9:35 am

How stupid can you be? The American flag stands for freedom, justice, and liberty for all.

16 people like this
Posted by David
a resident of Danville
on Jul 5, 2019 at 9:44 am

Danville, take your medication. Cheers.

12 people like this
Posted by Dot
a resident of Danville
on Jul 8, 2019 at 11:03 am

@Danville - Do you really believe that democrats are not patriots? That leaning left takes away all of your pride in your country? This is what is dividing our nation. It starts in our community.

9 people like this
Posted by Diane
a resident of Danville
on Jul 8, 2019 at 4:33 pm

I thought the parade was wonderful. People coming together to celebrate the 4th of July, sharing space and feeling the community spirit. I was thinking of how wonderful it was that we were all there, no politicized agenda, no bashing of one another, and then along comes "Danville." What a darn shame.

2 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2019 at 12:02 pm

“Danville” - it is time you learned we are all Americans.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 22, 2019 at 9:42 am

Danville, Stop with the tag lines! The libs are not a threat to the flag, even though some are off the chart crazy I respect their opinion just as much as I respect the opinions from the other side. If you just live your life and enjoy the "bubble" we are living in, I can assure you meds are not needed to keep you sane.

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