Best Way to See the Best 4th of July Parade
Alameda Mayor's Fourth of July Parade R.A.C.E.
Alameda's Fourth of July Parade is renowned in the East Bay, and not
just for its floats, but also for its length. Alameda natives
like to joke that half of the island city's 75,000 residents are in it
and the other half watch. This may almost be true: It's the
second-longest July Fourth parade in the nation and the longest parade
route at nearly four miles, making it akin to a festive death march for
its costumed participants. It's not surprising, then, that the parade
goes on for hours, with the last floats still waiting to take off from
Park Street as the first floats finish at Webster Street across town.
Fortunately for parade-lovers who have lives to get back to and parties
to attend, there is a way to see the parade without spending hours in a
curbside cross between Norman Rockwell and Franz Kafka. Sign up for the
5K charity preparade run that follows the parade route. At the end,
turn around and start walking back to the beginning. You'll catch the
parade mid-route, experiencing it in fast-forward. By the time you're
back at the starting line, the final floats are taking off, you've
gotten in some brisk exercise while helping the homeless, and you've
saved a couple hours of your life.