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2014 PreView Graffiti Summer

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Graffiti Summer 2014 By Chris Murphy

ModestoUSA is where Graffiti Summer lives all year long. June is coming faster than you think and many of our hall of fame American Graffiti events start in May this year. People from all over the world come to Modesto to experience the place that was the inspiration for George Lucas’ milestone movie. Downtown Modesto features the Historic Cruise Route that is a walking history tour of the music and Graffiti experiences of Modesto. The new Walk of Fame will be unveiled on June 4 in 10th St Place. The legendary N. Modesto Kiwanis American Graffiti Car Show and the Cruise Parade will be on June 6 featuring the Grand Marshall, Bart Bartoni and the other Walk of Fame inductees. Big news this year is that the Cruise Parade will go up McHenry this year. Yes, good times will be had by all and the show of classic chrome and cars will fill our streets all summer.

This will be an epic Graffiti Summer with will lead off with the showing of the 1973 film American Graffiti at the vintage historic State Theatre on May 31. Use our handy dandy guide of events so you don’t miss a thing.

So Modesto, let’s get our Graffiti on! If you are a business, plan some great cruisin’ events and promotions. Have your employees dress retro and play the music from 1956 – 1964. This is our time, this is our story and this is who we are! ModestoUSA is the home of American Graffiti and we should be proud.

See all the events happening and your one stop link to ModestoCana and all things Graffiti at

May 31 American Graffiti Movie – State Theatre June 1 9th Annual Graffiti Classic Car Show – McHenry Village June 2 Mid Valley Chevy Car Show – American Chevrolet June 3 Mid Valley Chevy Car Show Liquid Trends June 4 Mid Valley Chevy Car Show – 10th St Place June 4 Walk of Fame Grand Opening – 10th St Place June 5 Mid-Valley Chevy Club – Cool Hand Lukes June 6 Official Kiwanis Classic Car Parade June 6 Velvet Creamery Grill Cruise-In June 7 The Hit Men – Gallo Center June 7 & 8th American Graffiti Car Show & Festival June 14 Sing-a-long Grease – State Theatre June 14 21st Annual Back to Graffiti at the Fruit Yard June 20 “HOPPING AT THE HANGAR” Sock Hop June 20 & 21 Graffiti Night with the Modesto Nuts June 29 The 7th Annual Rod & Custom Car Show

Legends of the Cruise – Walk of Fame Every visitor to Modesto will have a chance to experience the Historic Cruise Route and see our new Walk of Fame that will have a celebration grand opening on June 4 at 6 pm with the Mid Valley Chevy Club and our local legends. These markers will be in the sidewalk along 10th St beginning in front of the Brenden Cinema. The Walk of Fame celebrates the people that were the inspiration of the movie American Graffiti and George Lucas’ childhood. The mission of the Walk of Fame is to highlight the character and history of Modesto and educate and illuminate these stories to own citizens and visitors alike. Chris Murphy and ModestoView are the creators of the Cruise Route and the Walk of Fame. Take a walk on the walk of fame and enjoy the historic cruise route.

Graffiti Summer Calendar Highlights It will be an action packed summer here in Modesto USA. These are just some of the epic events that celebrate our American Graffiti history. Get more info at our amazing local event calendar.

The 7th Annual Memorial Weekend Cruise Night will be held at the Regal Theaters in Modesto on May 23rd from 4pm to 9pm. Bring the entire family out for a evening of classic car show, motorcycle show, food and a huge raffle. There will also be music and sponsorship awards. This event is open to all classic cars and motorcycles of any year. Entry fee for cars are $20. Visit<> for contact information.

State Theatre of Modesto is celebrating American Graffiti with root beer floats and their annual screening of American Graffiti starring Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, and many more. With admission at $3 and the State’s now-famous root beer floats at just $3, bring the entire family. Dress up in your best duds, go out and enjoy. Doors open at 5:30pm with the film starting at 6:30pm. For additional information visit<>.



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.