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GreetingsView – Happy July Modesto

Happy July Modesto
By Chris Murphy

Greetings Friends
It is a red-hot sizzling summer in so many ways. It feels like it’s the 4th of July all month long. There are fun events, BBQs, parades, fairs, live music in the plazas, rock and roll on the patios and new splash pads. We are on the go here in good ole Modesto USA and ModestoView is here to help you explore everything.

If you hear someone complain about the weather, we actually have it pretty good. You could be in the deep south or north east, drenched in humidity, or if in NYC, jammed together with millions of other people, or the oven-hot temps of the southwest where you get no relief, but here in Modesto, it is always a good evening and the delta breezes that roll in freshen the night for a new day. We have it pretty good and there are places to go and people to see that all fits together, especially for those MoBand nights.

With our current national political scene upside down, we have to look to ourselves. We need to look at our pride, our strength, our people, our ideas, our sense of community power and who we are and depend on each other. We need to share our pride with each other and give our city a louder voice, we can get wrapped up in the bad things happening, which are the same as most other cities, but friends, we need to focus on the cool things and make that our message. The story is the same, we have to like ourselves before someone else will. Please share the ModestoView positive message with someone you know or someone new to the area. It is our readers that will be the force of change.

Two things are happening that really bring our community together this month, the Modesto 4th of July Parade and Plaza Festival is a Hall of Fame event. A nice morning parade, streets and sidewalks with thousands of your best friends, celebrating the cool things and people in our community. I am honored to once again be the MC for the parade announcing from the courthouse. Thanks to all of the hard working Modesto Kiwanis volunteers that make this happen every year. The Stanislaus County Fair is a tradition that continues to get stronger each year. Music, food, fun, animals and loads of rides make it a great tradition for families, couples and anyone. There are two more Thursday MoBand Concerts in The Park to enjoy so don’t miss them.

This month will be very interesting as I and my daughter Abigail head off to Mongolia with Lonny Davis and Hope Haven West to deliver wheel chairs to those in need in areas that are rarely served. We will be doing seating clinics across Mongolia from Ulaanbaatar to nearly the Russian border. I will be updating our trip as we progress (as internet is available) at so I hope you check it out. We stocked up on the new Sherpa line of clothing that is designed here in Modesto. Check them out at

There are amazing things being created here in the Modesto area, from the music of our local musicians, the food offerings of companies like Sciabica and Traina, to the wines of Gallo, technical apparel by Sherpa, and even custom Two Rock amplifiers from talented people like Eli Lester, there are so many reasons that Modesto gets better all of the time. We get to know Eli in our July interview, so please give it a read.

Friends, it is good to connect the dots, bring people together and celebrate local accomplishments and encourage people to shop locally. These are the people who write and contribute and advertise in ModestoView. We are here working hard to “Serve Civic Pride Daily”. We hope to see you around town and remember to say Hi.

Thank you,
Chris Murphy, Founder & Publisher – ModestoView<>

Group pic:
Family and Friends are the best thing about Modesto summers. MoBand Concerts in the Park are our tradition.
In this MoBand Crew picture, Becky, Abbey, Madison & Harrison, Frank, Gail Kate Damrell, Steve Perry, Chad and Sofia Johnson & Eva Steward



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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.