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ParadeView – Happy 4th Modesto!

By Chris Murphy

The Fourth of July in Modesto is so very special. It is one of those days where everyone is family and we all are celebrating the USA and our very own special blend of ModestoCana that we serve daily. Downtown Modesto will be the place to be on July 4th as the 143rd 4th of July Parade will meaner through downtown in front of 25,000 of your best friends. There are great places to watch the parade along the route that travels down 10th St, to J St, to 11th St to I Street and the All American 4th of July Festival will be in 10th St Plaza immediately following the parade. This is pure fun for the whole family thanks to the very hard work of the Modesto Kiwanis Club and Parade Chairman Jeremiah Williams.

This parade is special for me as I will be the announcer for this legendary parade along with the legendary Al Menshew. Last year, I was honored and fortunate to be the Grand Marshall for this event last year and our family had the best time. Please come to the parade and then at 10th St Plaza for the Modesto Kiwanis 4th of July Festival. This will be a fun day Modesto so I hope to see you there.

4th of July events
July 1- Oakdale 4th of July Fireworks – Woodward Reservoir after dusk
July 3 – Modesto Nuts Fireworks Show – After Game – John Thurman Field
July 4 – Modesto 4th of July Parade – Downtown Modesto – 9:30 am
Kiwanis 4th of July Festival 11 am – 5 pm – 10th St Plaza
July 4 – 1852 4th of July – Columbia Historical Park 11am- 4 pm
Musket Salute, Bucket Brigade, Games, Parade at noon, Concert and BBQ
July 4 – Turlock Stars and Stripes Parade, Downtown Turlock 10 am
Street Fair and Car Show – Central Park 8 – 2
July 4 – CSU Stanislaus 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks Show – 7-9 pm
Fireworks start after dark
July 4 – Ripon Festival 5- 10 pm Mistlin Park – Family fun and fireworks

Find more info about these events and others at

Please use “Safe and Sane” Fireworks and practice Safe Boating and Swimming



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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.