Fabulous 4th of July Celebrations

By Chris Murphy

For nearly 150 years, Modesto has had a 4th of July Parade and that continues in 2022.
Modesto has one of the longest running 4th of July Parades in the western USA. Even during the pandemic, there was a scaled down parade through 10th St Plaza with a proclamation from Mayor Brandvold. This year, the parade is back and bigger than ever, on the 4th.

This year, the Modesto Kiwanis Clubs will be celebrating the life of Terry McGrath and all he did to boost the 4th of July Parade for many years. Terry is a long time Modestan, active in so many things over the years. He was a Road Rebel back in the late 50s when he was Draggin’ 10th, he was notorious for the high volume of tickets, and knocked over the cones when 10th St was made One-way. Terry was a great family man and over the years, with his McGrath Moving and Storage company, he was able to serve Modesto with the Modesto Jaycees, he was a clamper, and was on the Modesto Centennial committee back in 1970. Terry managed the campaign for John Thurman and ran for Board of Supervisors. Terry was a dedicated member of Modesto Kiwanis and was instrumental in taking over the Modesto 4th of July Parade following the end of the Jaycees. Terry was inducted into the Graffiti USA Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame and is remembered today for all he has done for our community. Terry is survived by his kids, Stephanie, Michael, Katie & Susan and his wife Pat Glattke and first wife Eva McGrath. This 2022 Modesto 4th of July Parade is dedicated to Terry McGrath. Click on the QR code below to watch a video of Terry talking about Cruising.

Please come out and enjoy the parade. I am proud to be one of the announcers of this great annual Modesto tradition along with my friend Ian Riley of KHOP 95 and “Radio” Rick Meyers, legend of Modesto’s KFIV.

Modesto 4th of July Parade
July 4 – 9:30 – 12 pm Review stand is at the Stanislaus County Court House.
Parade route is 10th St, J, 11th to I Street. Get your spot early or book a table at a restaurant along the route.

Turlock 4th of July Parade
10 am -2 pm – Main Street, Downtown Turlock
Turlock is pulling all the stops out and hosting a parade and car show in downtown Turlock.

The Modesto Nuts are home for the fabulous 4th
Our Modesto team is home against the Stockton Ports with a big fireworks extravaganza after the game. Game is at 7:05 and fireworks following. Let’s go out to the ball game, for some beer, baseball and Modestocana.

July 1st – Lathrop Fireworks & Concert 6 pm and 9 pm fireworks
July 2nd – Annual Fireworks Celebration at Woodward Reservior, Oakdale 9 pm $25 vehicle
July 3rd – Stockton Speedway Fireworks – After 6 pm racing
July 4th –
Modesto Fourth of July Parade in Downtown Modesto 9:30 -12
Downtown Turlock 4th of July Parade and Car Show Main Street Turlock 10am-2pm
Manteca 4th Parade – Main Street 10 am
Big League Dreams Field Fireworks – Manteca 9 pm
4th of July Celebration at San Joaquin Rivers Club, Tracy 11-5pm
Stockton 4th of July Parade Downtown Stockton 10 am
Fourth of July Celebration & fireworks at Weber Point Stockton Noon- 10-pm
4th of July Block Party in Downtown Jamestown 4 pm-8pm
4th of July Celebration at Lincoln Park, Tracy 6am-10pm
Columbia Historic 4th of July Celebration – 11 am

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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.