Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Fourth of July!!

The Fourth of July is always one of my favorite holidays in Sausalito. The town puts on a very low-key parade down Caledonia Street in the morning, followed by a barbecue lunch and music at nearby Dunphy Park in the afternoon, and finishing off with a fireworks display downtown in the evening.

This morning's weather was beautiful -- warm but with a nice light breeze. I went down to Caledonia Street about 10:30 and wandered around before the parade began.

The parade kicked off around 11:00 led by police cars and fire trucks. The center of activity always seems to be in and around Smitty’s Bar and this year was no different.

The reviewing stand was set up directly across from Smitty’s with Jan Wahl, a long-time Sausalito resident on the mike.

As it has been for the past 17 years, one of the most popular entries in the parade was the Cal Alumni Marching Band which marched down Caledonia to the reviewing stand, where the entire band, including the sousaphone, made a hard right and disappeared into Smitty’s. They were not seen again until the last parade entry had passed the review stand, at which point they emerged and played a couple of more numbers before heading down the street.

The overall mix of the parade entries this year was about the same as always, with politicians, city administrators, dogs, kids, clubs and other community organizations, chiropractors, bars and boat and bicycle builders among those represented.

Following the parade the crowd adjourned to Dunphy Park where the flag was raised and picnicking ensured.

I am hoping to get down to watch the fireworks this evening, although the wind is picking up and the fog is threatening to roll in.

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