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Three Legendary 4th of July Parades in California

Published on: June 06, 2016


Legend: a story from the past that is believed by many people but cannot be proved to be true

  • Aptos 4th of July Parade, World’s Shortest 4th of July Parade, spans 0.4 miles. There may be smaller and shorter parades in California, but this Santa Cruz County town gets national media attention through its claim.
  • Alameda 4th of July Parade (left photo) is the longest Independence Day parade in the nation with a whopping 3.3 miles of route! There’s no shortage of enthusiasm in the community event where you’re either in the parade or know someone who is. Is the parade really the longest in the U.S.? It could be — buy maybe not.
  • Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade (right photo) is the biggest West of the Mississippi with 2 miles of parade route. Somebody once said HB has the longest pier in California, though it doesn’t. However, it may have the biggest 4th of July parade West of the Mississippi by attendance. Estimates range from 150,000 to 250,000.
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