What car did you drive (or want to drive) on your 16th Birthday?

Based on your age, it could have been a Model T, a Packard or LaSalle, pre-war Mercury, a 50s hot rod, a Tri-Five Chevy, a 1st generation Mustang, a Midyear Corvette, a GTO, a 442, a Buick Grand National or even something a bit newer. The American love for cars continues to this day. Maybe one just like the one you drove will be included in this year’s Morgan Hill Freedom Fest Car Cruise ‘n Show on the 4th of July


Come early and watch the Car Cruise kick off the parade then come over to the Community and Cultural Center parking lot to review the cars up close at the Car Show. Hopefully these cars will bring back memories of your 16th Birthday dream car.

The Parade is in need of a few convertibles to host Dignitaries


If you are interested, please contact the Parade Chair at (408) 779-1776. If selected, your Car Cruise ‘n Show fee will be refunded day of show. You will be in the parade, not the Cruise, and still be in the Show.


Starting at 9:30 AM, to kick off the official 4th of July Parade, over 100 classic, hot rod, muscle cars will “cruise” the parade route for your enjoyment. These cars are owned and driven by local people….maybe your neighbor! Watch for the different marque vehicles from every era that are no longer in production.
Starting location:

5th Street and Monterey Rd.

Starting Time:

Starting at 9:30 AM, to kick off the official 4th of July Parade, over 100 classic, hot rod, muscle cars will “cruise” the parade route for your enjoyment. These cars are owned and driven by local people….maybe your neighbor! Watch for the different marque vehicles from every era that are no longer in production.


Community Center parking lot at E. Dunne and Church Streets in Morgan Hill between 7:30 and 9:15 AM. Cruise starts at 9:20 AM SHARP!

Car Show:

Community Center parking lot


Only vehicles 30 years or older

Complete all areas of the application including lunch selection

Confirmation will be sent to you by e-mail.

Again this year, the Car Cruise will terminate at the Community and Cultural Center parking lot for the Car Show. After enjoying the parade, come over and walk alongside the wide variety of cars on display. The cars will on display until at least 2:00 PM so you can stop by, talk to the owners and admire their cars. Members of the host club, Valle Del Sur, Antique Automobile Club of America, will be present to answer questions about any classic car.



Early registration is recommended as lunch (two Beach Hut Deli sandwiches, chips, soda, and two Patti’s Perfect Pantry cookies) and a goodie bag will be limited to the first 125 cars. Cars 126+ will only be in the Cruise and Show.


Includes 2 lunch tickets and “goody bag”

$ 10



Mail Application and check to: Independence Day Celebration, 16481 Jackson Oaks Dr., Morgan Hill CA 95037.

Make checks payable to: Independence Day Celebration

If you have 30+ year old car or truck that you would like to enter in this event, you can download an entry form here!


Between 12:00 and 1:00 PM, the sponsors of the Cruise ‘n Show will be making their choice of the cars they want to give an Award of Excellence. The awards will be presented at 2:00 PM culminating with a Best of Show trophy to the car receiving the most votes by the sponsors.

2017 Award winners


2017 Best of Show

Ramon’s 37 Ford Roadster

Brad’s 70 Chevrolet Chevelle
Chuck’s 65 Ford Mustang
David’s 36 Ford 5 Window Coupe
Harold’s 38 Pontiac Silverstreak
Henry’s 57 Chevrolet BelAir
Jodi’s 66 Chevrolet Chevelle
Joe & Debbie’s 71 Ford Mustang Mach 1
John’s 39 Packard
Kate & Jim’s 60 Austin Healy Bug Eye Sprint
Mark’s 63 Chevrolet Corvair
Mike’s 66 Ford Mustang
Mike & Linda’s 34 Ford 2Dr Sedan
Patti’s 56 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
Robert’s 40 Chevrolet Special Delux
Russ & Barb’s 57 Chevrolet BelAir
Ted’s 58 Edsel
Travis’ 53 Buick Special
William’s 66 Chevrolet Nova



If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Cruise ‘n Show Chairman at (914) 393-5742 or fill out the form below.


Please help us continue our patriotic Morgan Hill July 4th tradition by taking a moment to show your support by visiting our sponsor’s website or establishment.

Ruggeri-Jensen-Azar • Donna and Don Cowan, Intero Real Estate • Fritter Schulz & Conlon Physical Therapy • Aurum Consulting Engineers • Cornerstone Earth Group, Inc. • Cornerstone Engineering • Coyote Land Management Services • Golden Eagle Mortgage • Kawamoto, Weil & Co. • Liberty Bank • Mission Bell • NorCal Kenwoth – Morgan Hill • Rosso’s Furniture • SMP Tech, Inc • Verde Design • Book Smart • Mr. Falafel • Murphys Mechantile • KBAY Radio 84.5 FM • Barrios Upholstery • Fred’s European-Asian Auto • Live Oak Veterinary Hospital • Thinker Toys Morgan Hill Cellars • Kiwanis South Bay Cardiovascular Center • The Grange • All Sensors Allstate Insurance-Maureen Harris • Gloss Beauty Lounge • Gryphon Financial Group • Kenneth Rodrigues & Partners, Inc. • Kent Constructions • Lusamerica Fish • MH Engineering Mount Madona School • Partners.Med • Technology Credit Union (TCU) • Tencate Advanced Composites • Weston-Miles Architects • DP Construction • D.R. Domenichini Construction • GVA • M & H Tavern • Maurizio’s Cucina Italiana • Rosy’s at the Beach • Holiday Inn Express • Recology South Valley • Teresa Le, Photography • Bank of the West • Jimmy P’s Pizzeria • Make It Mine • Morgan Hill Wine Shop and Cigar Lounge • Patti’s Perfect Pantry • Uesugi Farms (On the Road Again: Rep) • Wafelbakker Anderson Orthodontics • Bubba’s Lowbed Service, LLC • Dana Dittmore • David L. Bandy, CPN • Gar N. Chan, DDS, Inc. • Italix • Company, Inc. • Mainstream-It.com • Radulescu Engineers • Realty World • Moggia Events • Royal Clothiers • Call My Ride Morgan Hill • My Pizza • Bill Jacobson Trucking • APM Custom Engines • Auto Magic Professionals • CB – Aida Pisano • CB – Bruce & Judy Henry • CB – Carmen Jones • CB – Christine Wheeler • CB – Cindy Dominguez • CB – Cindy Miller • CB – Debbie Adamo • CB – Greg & Lisa Gardner • CB – Janette Barsanti • CB – Joanne McPhee • CB – Judy Yeager • CB – Keriann Agresta • CB – Lisa Blagof • CB – Lisa Faria • CB – Lori LoBue • CB – Mary Surber • CB – Michael Kuhn • CB – Nina Clymer • CB – Shannon Sloan • Princeton Capital-Tiffany Doyle • CB – Toni Whedon • George’s Auto Service & Transmission • Grant’s Garage • Lawson’s Bakery • Licari Manufacturing / Brunshwiler • Marty’s Chop Shop • On The Road Again • Ponzini Community Garage, Inc. • Roadrunner Driving School • Top Notch Tunes • Frank’s Automotive • Windmill Mini-Storage