FREMONT, CA —Ready to give your home a patriotic makeover, Fremont? July 4th celebrations are a-changin’ for 2020.
While a family-friendly, July 4th parade served as a holiday highlight in Fremont since 1999, it was canceled this year due to coronavirus concerns. Taking its place: a “Porch Parade.”
Numerous Bay Area cities are taking their Independence Day festivities online or scrapping events altogether. Fremont organizers, meanwhile, are planning a citywide “Porch Parade”and contest for the best decked-out homes and storefronts, coupled with the return of the California Beech Boys and Commemorative Air Force flyover.
Fremont residents, along with shop owners, are encouraged to go all out with red, white and blue and decorate their houses, porches, yards and windows. Locals then can submit their patriotic properties for the “Best Porch and Neighborhood Decoration Contest.”
Home exteriors must be fully decorated by 12 p.m. Saturday, June 20 and stay up until 12 a.m. Saturday, July 4 for judging.
Organizers also will publish online a virtual map of the neighborhoods so locals can enjoy walking, biking or driving tours of the festive areas.
“The first 100 Porches in Fremont to register will receive a FREE Fremont 4th of July ‘Porch Parade’ lawn sign that will magically appear at your location, in your lawn or at your place of business. No need to touch it or interact with anyone,” organizers said. “The more registered porches in your neighborhood, the better your chances are for having the Fremont 4th of July Parade VIP Procession come by, so get your neighbors involved too!”
There will be prizes for each category, and categories tentatively include:
Most Patriotic – Residence/Business-property showing the most patriotic spirit
Most Outstanding Decorations – Best decorations used
People’s Choice Award – Online voting will be provided
Spirit of Freedom – Inspiring messages
Neighborhood Spirit – Best decorated property in a particular area of Fremont
Follow this link for more information and to register. Registration is free.
During the planned July 4th flyover with the California Beech Boys and Commemorative Air Force flyover, the planes will soar over such locations as police and fire stations, hospitals and major grocery stores to honor and celebrate those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, officals said. Click here for details on the flight crews.
Use this link for future information on July 4th activities in Fremont.