GraffitiPreView – 2016

Graffiti Summer Preview
By Chris Murphy

Whomp bom a lu bop a whomp bam boom! This is the beat of classic rock and roll and Modesto USA felt that beat every weekend night when kids from all over central California used to cruise downtown Modesto on historic 10th and 11th Streets. Modesto USA was a classic American city and it remains classic today.

Where were you in ’62? Where were you in ’47? Where were you in ’53 ’65, ’79, ’83 or ’92? Modesto has an amazing history. No matter where you go, or what current events happen, one thing sets Modesto apart from every city in the entire universe; Modesto USA is the home of American Graffiti. Modesto is home to the people and places that created the stories that George Lucas told in his amazing ‘1973 movie.

The Modesto Historic Cruise Route of 10th and 11th streets in downtown was where it all began and people around the world know Modesto. This is exciting and it should make every Modestan feel proud. Take some time and walk the cruise route and check out the 25 history kiosks with links to videos of our local legends.

Graffiti Summer is coming soon to Modesto USA. Some of the events kick off the very first day of June and you don’t want to miss them.

Graffiti Summer 2016
Fri & Sat nights, A&W Root Beer, Classic Car Show
Wed nights, Velvet Creamery, Classic Car Show
June 4,4:30pm, American Graffiti film, State Theatre
June 5, 9am-3pm, McHenry Village, 11th Annual Graffiti Classic Car Show
June 6, 5pm-8pm, Mid-Valley Chevy Club, American Chevrolet
June 7, 5pm-8pm, Mid-Valley Chevy Club, Vintage Faire Mall
June 8, 5pm-8pm, Mid-Valley Chevy Club, Downtown Modesto
June 8, 7pm Graffiti Cruise Route Presentation, 10th St Plaza
June 9, 5pm-8pm, Mid-Valley Chevy Club, Cool Hand Luke’s
June 9, 8pm, Graceada park, MoBand Concert in the Park
June 10, 6:30pm, Official Kiwanis Classic Car Parade, Downtown Modesto
June 10, 9pm-11pm, Elvis Tribute Extravaganza, 10th Street Plaza
June 11, 8pm, Kingsmen Surfaris & Token, Gallo Center for the Arts
June 11, 9am-5pm & 12th 9am-3pm, American Graffiti Car Show & Festival, Municipal Golf Course
June 17 & 18 all day, 23rd Annual Back to Graffiti at Fruit Yard
June 18, 4pm, Sing-a-long Grease film, State Theatre
June 18, 10am-10pm, Graffiti Summer Block Party, 10th St Plaza
June 18, 7:05pm, Modesto Nuts Graffiti Night, John Thurman Field
June 26, 7am-10am breakfast, 9am-3:30pm, 9th Annual Rod & Custom Car Show, Elks Lodge

Legends of the Cruise – Walk of Fame
Every visitor to Modesto can experience the Historic Cruise Route and see our Walk of Fame. The 2016 inductees will be honored on June 8 at 6 pm with the Mid Valley Chevy Club and our local legends. These new 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 Movie that Started Everything
State Theatre of Modesto is celebrating American Graffiti with root beer floats and their annual screening of American Graffiti June 4 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 3 pm with the film starting at 4:00 pm. For additional information visit

Take Graffiti With You
Get cool t-shirts, mugs, towels, and posters to celebrate! Modesto Graffiti USA has the cool gear to keep your memories and cruisin’ dreams alive all year long. Stop by and see our cool ModestoView Diner at 1220 J St and you can check out the Graffiti USA stuff. Great gifts for your friends and profits support Peer Recovery and Hope Haven West.



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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.