GreetingsView – Happy July Modesto!

Greetings Modesto Friends,

There is no way you can’t feel a sense of pride and patriotic in July around here. We have one of history’s longest running 4th of July parades in the Western United States, we have one of the most successful county fairs, the kids are all out of school, people are travelling around and enjoying our community, and this year, there is still snow in the mountains and the waterfalls and rivers are running strong. What a combo meal deal!

Speaking of combos, we are all about the Firecrackers. Sure, real firecrackers may be the holiday tradition, but we are talking food here from our friends at Fuzio. These are the ways we really celebrate a grand and glorious 4th of July, with our friends, family and celebrating here in Modesto USA, a truly classic American City. I am especially excited as last year, I was fortunate to be the Grand Marshall of the 143rd Annual 4th of July Parade and celebrated this with my family, and this year, I am back behind the microphone announcing the parade with my mentor, the amazing Al Menshew. My hat is off to the Kiwanis Clubs of Modesto. Last month, they delivered the American Graffiti Car Show and Cruise Parade, and this month they host the Modesto 4th of July Parade and All-American Festival in 10th St Plaza. These people do great work.

Traditions are so very cool. We have our family traditions and our city traditions, and these are really something to be proud of. Fairs, festivals and events like Music in the Plaza and MoBand Concerts in the park are the way we all share a common community spirit. This spirit is truly the essence of what ModestoView is all about. This is how we make the greater Modesto area shine, with our friendship, and our fellowship. So as we go through the month, celebrating the 4th, enjoying the last couple of MoBands, gathering at the Stanislaus County Fair, we end the month with what may be the biggest party ever in Modesto, Porchfest. I am so excited to have my own porch hosting bands in the LaLoma neighborhood for this event and I am so excited to have all of the different Modesto area musicians and neighbors and friends enjoying what we all love the most, our classic community culture. I am diggin’ it the most.

This will be one of the greatest months in recent history to explore the area’s rivers, the waterfalls, the lakes, the parks and check out many of the summer stay-cations that are right here under our nose. We feature a lot of these activities on page 16 with our special Summer Midway Fun feature. This is a fun month. Plan carefully so you get everything in. Don’t forget to download the ModestoView Ap for your phone at the Apple or Android store so you don’t miss anything.

So I wish all of you a grand and glorious THANK YOU to all of you that read ModestoView and for the amazing businesses that advertising here, that make it possible for us to deliver this magazine, loaded with civic pride, to all of the people in our community for free. That is our mission plain and simple, to “Serve Civic Pride Daily”. With every positive word, recognition and observation, we make our city a little bit better and we will keep it going. Thank you and Happy 4th of July to you all.

Chris Murphy
Publisher & Founder, ModestoView<>



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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.