Morgan Hill 4th of July Parade | WELCOME TO THE 140TH FOURTH OF JULY PARADE “AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS, 100 YEARS AND COUNTING”
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Welcome to the 140th Fourth of July Parade

“America’s National Parks, 100 Years and Counting”

 It’s hard to believe that it’s time once again to be planning for the 4th of July Parade which is on Tuesday this year.  At 10:00am the 2017 Parade will step off at Fourth and Monterey Street to begin the 141st Fourth of July Parade in Morgan Hill!

 

This 4th of July Parade and the seven other events presented by the volunteers of the not-for-profit Morgan Hill Freedom Fest are designed for wholesome family entertainment. They remind us of our National Heritage and help us express our individual feelings of patriotism and thankfulness for the Freedoms we have inherited.

FEES

Please review the Application Deadline Dates carefully.

EARLY BIRD

POSTMARKED BYMAY 4, 2017
$30 AMATEUR OR NON-PROFIT ENTRIES

$ 250

BUSINESS OR PROFESSIONAL ENTRIES

Includes ALL entries of individuals, groups, vehicles, floats, or horses, etc., by “for profit” businesses and professionals.


REGULAR FEE

POSTMARKED BETWEENMAY 4 AND MAY 24, 2017
$60 AMATEUR OR NON-PROFIT ENTRIES

$ 450

BUSINESS OR PROFESSIONAL ENTRIES

Includes ALL entries of individuals, groups, vehicles, floats, or horses, etc., by “for profit” businesses and professionals.


LATE FEE

Entries post-marked between May 25 and June 4, 2017 require special processing and an Additional $200.00

 

CLEAN-UP OF HANDOUTS FEE

$50.00 Includes any and all materials distributed by parade unit individuals.

Click on the link to download an application for the Parade, the Official 2017 Parade Rules information.

COURSE MAP AND INFORMATION

Flat and fast through parade route – downtown Morgan Hill – many of the parade spectators will be along the course and will be cheering you on!

GALLERY

PARADE RULES

This 4th of July Parade is Sanctioned by the Parade Sponsors of Northern California.

  • The Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Parade will be preceded at 9:30am with the exciting “4th of July Liberty Parade Cruise” featuring vintage, collector, and custom cars.]
  • Your entry should be designed for family entertainment. Decorate or costume participants for the 2017 theme “The Great American Road Trip” or for our annual Heritage Theme, Celebrating our Country=s Independence and Freedoms.@ See the Judging@ section for more on the judging of entries.
  • This is a Forward Motion@ Parade, so perform on the move.@ There will be no stopping to perform anywhere, but if the parade is stalled, of course it is OK to perform while waiting for it to move forward. Start moving forward again as soon as the unit ahead of you moves forward. If a unit breaks down, pass them by. Maintain a maximum interval of 50 feet or less behind the unit ahead. Don=t lag further behind. Please follow the directions of the Parade Marshals.
  • Groups or individuals wishing to distribute anything along the parade route must pay an additional $50 clean-up fee with their entry. Those wishing to distribute anything along the parade route need to contact the Parade Committee (408 779-1776) or email: parade@mhfreedomfest.com) for approval and to submit a sample of your handout.
  • Each unit must complete the entire Parade route from and back to its unit staging area before disbanding.

SAFETY

  • For hearing safety reasons, from 4th Street on Monterey Road to Main Street on Monterey Road is a “Noise Abatement Zone”. Vehicle horns, sirens, and loud mufflers are not allowed in that area of the parade route.
  • No alcoholic beverages in the staging area or around the parade route by participants or spectators per local municipal laws.
  • NOTHING may be thrown or tossed along the parade route – approved items may be handed to spectators.
  • Non-gummy candy may be HANDED to children along the edge of the parade by a unit=s designated walker(s). (The Health Department has determined that gummy candy presents a choking hazard to young children.)
  • Any devise that projects water, foam, or the like is not allowed by participants or spectators. (Parents and adult chaperones may cool off children in their unit with water misting bottles.)
  • All living things on a moving entry must be “safely secured.@ Anyone standing must have a safety bar or post to hold on to. No one is allowed to be on a running board, hood, roof, fender, or to have legs dangling off a vehicle or trailer. Remember to maintain control of animals at all times.
  • If children under 18 are in the parade, adult chaperones must walk alongside and supervise. (These Awalkers@ must wear matching or patriotic clothing, or carry an American flag as a A unit member i.d.@).
  • Groups with small children may take them out of the parade if they get hot and tired. Once rested, a Parade Safety Marshal can help the group reenter the Parade. Don’t worry about being out of number sequence.
  • Sound amplifying systems should not be played so loudly as to interfere with other units.
  • No firearms may be fired, no open flames allowed, and all vehicles and floats MUST have a legal 2A-10BC rated (or larger) fire extinguisher on board. Decorations must be flame resistant.
  • Vehicles must be currently registered and have valid liability insurance covering the parade activity. Drivers must be over 18 and licensed for the type of vehicle they are driving.

Equestrian Entries and Groups with Animals

 

The California State Horsemen=s Association Parade Rules are to be followed, as well as directions of the CSHA Judge and the Parade Marshals.  Equestrians are responsible for knowing what the CSHA Rules are. If you don=t have a copy please call the Parade Committee at (408) 779-1776, and request one.  Equestrian entries must have valid liability insurance covering parade activities.  Groups with animals will stage in the equestrian staging area.  All Animals must be in good physical condition and able to walk at the normal parade pace of 2 mph.  All Horses, Donkeys, Minis, Mules, Ponies, etc., Must Be Crowd and Parade ready, and able to accept parade noises and activities and remain calm for safety reasons.


Rules  for  Political  Entries

 

Because the Freedom Fest is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization, no partisan political activity is allowed in the Parade.  Elected officials serving Santa Clara County may participate with identifying car door signs with their name and current office.  Officially filed ACandidates for Office@ may also participate with signs identifying their name and Acandidate for . . . (office being sought.)@   No political campaigning or advertising is allowed.


Judging

 

  • Judging of all units other than equestrian is done by professionals of the Pacific Coast Judges Association. Care in the entry=s preparation, consistency of theme, community involvement, decorating, personnel, and costuming are all considered by the Judges.  Chairpersons, unit personnel, escorts, and group chaperones must be appropriately costumed or points will be deducted from the unit’s score.
  • Judged competition performance takes place as the unit passes in the 100 feet in front of the judge’s grandstand on Dunne Avenue near the end of the parade. Stopping to perform is not allowed in this Parade. (Prior to the Judges Stage there are 3 Announcing Stages.  Watch ahead and plan to be performing as you pass the judges and each announcing stages!)
  • The decision of the Professional Judges is final.

Role and Responsibilities of the Parade Chairperson

 

  • The Chairperson is in charge of the parade and reserves the right to edit comments submitted, accept, reject, reclassify, disqualify, have removed from the Parade, or suspend from participation any unit which does not follow the Parade Rules or decisions, or for not following the directions of the Parade Marshals.
  • These Rules and related information have been developed in the hope that the Parade will be fun, safe, patriotic, and a reflection of the Community we love so much. Please do your part in seeing that we all meet those expectations.

Questions?

Give us a call: 408 779-1776 or email:  parade@mhfreedomfest.com or mail parade: P.O. Box 1776, MH, CA  95038

The California State Horseman’s Association Parade Rules are to be followed, as well as directions of the CSHA Judge and the Parade Marshals.  Equestrians are responsible for knowing what the CSHA Rules are.  Equestrian entries must have valid liability insurance covering parade activities.  Groups with animals will stage in the equestrian staging area.  All Animals must be in good physical condition and able to walk at the normal parade pace of  2mph AND Must Be Crowd and Parade ready, and able to accept parade noises and activities and remain calm for safety reasons


Equestrian Entries and Groups with Animals

 

The California State Horsemen’s Association Parade Rules are to be followed, as well as directions of the CSHA Judge and the Parade Marshals.  Equestrians are responsible for knowing what the CSHA Rules are. If you don’t have a copy please call the Parade Committee at (408) 779-1776, and request one.  Equestrian entries must have valid liability insurance covering parade activities.  Groups with animals will stage in the equestrian staging area.  All Animals must be in good physical condition and able to walk at the normal parade pace of 2 mph.  All Horses, Donkeys, Minis, Mules, Ponies, etc., Must Be Crowd and Parade ready, and able to accept parade noises and activities and remain calm for safety reasons.

 


Equestrian entries may compete in the following CSHA categories:

 

Sheriff’s Posse                                            Open

Mounted Group                                               Jr.  /  Sr.

Drill Team                                                        Jr.  /  Sr.

Charro/Charra Mounted Group                 Jr.  /  Sr.

Authentic Novelty Mtd. Group                   Jr.  /  Sr.

Novelty Fiesta Mounted Group                  Jr.  /  Sr.

Family Mounted Group                                 Open

Color Guard                                                     Jr.  /  Sr.

Sets of Four                                                      Jr.  /  Sr.

Ladies Sidesaddle                                           Jr.  /  Sr.

Matched Pair                                                   Jr.  /  Sr.

Sheriff’s Posse                                  Open

Future Horseman – Western       1-8

Future Horseman – Costume      1-8

Junior Equestrian                             9-17

Arabian Costume                             Jr.  /  Sr.  /  M  /  F

Fancy Dressed Western                Jr.  /  Sr.  /  M  /  F

Fancy Parade Horse                        Jr.  /  Sr.  /  M  /  F

Charro/Charra Costume                 Jr.  /  Sr.  /  M  /  F

Authentic Novelty Costume        Jr.  /  Sr.  /  M  /  F

Novelty/Fiesta Costume                 Jr.  /  Sr.  /  M  /  F

Indian (Native American)              Jr.  /  Sr.  /  M  /  F

Parade Horse                                     Jr.  /  Sr.  /  M  /  F

Sheriff’s Posse                  Open

Plain Western                    Jr.  /  Sr.  /  M  /  F

Silver Mounted                 Jr.  /  Sr.  /  M  /  F

Spanish Costume             Jr.  /  Sr.  /  M  /  F

Working Western            Jr.  /  Sr.  /  M  /  F

Vaquero                              Jr.  /  Sr.  /  M  /  F

Horse Drawn Vehicle      Jr.  /  Sr.  /  M  /  F

Pony Drawn Vehicle        Jr.  /  Sr.  /  M  /  F

Miniature Horse/Mule Vehicle Group

You’re in Show Business !!

Being in a Parade or Car Cruise is being in show business! It’s your time to shine and show off your prized vehicle. With that in mind the following procedures, expectations, and vehicle rules will help to achieve this.  In brief:

  1. Vehicle Signs:Each antique, custom, and collectible vehicle may have door signs with neatly printed 12 to 2 inch tall letters describing at least the year and make (for example: 1932 Ford.)

The model (for example: two door hardtop;) the owner’s, driver’s, passengers’ names; other information about the vehicle, etc. are optional. The maximum size should be about 18×24 inches.

If magnetic signs are not used, the low-tack masking tape used to mount the signs should completely frame the signs for neatness of appearance. Professional or well-made homemade signs are fine.

Except for commercial entries (who have paid to advertise in the parade), no signs indicating sponsorship may be posted on any (amateur or non-profit) vehicle, float, etc. Persons who wish to include such sponsorship signs should pay in advance the commercial/professional entry fee.

  1. Costuming:Every person riding or walking with an antique or collectible vehicle is encouraged to wear clothing appropriate to the era of the vehicle.

For more modern vehicles, everyone is encouraged to wear a patriotic shirt, wave a flag, etc.  Regular street clothes just aren’t Show Biz, and this is a patriotic holiday parade!

  1. Decorating:All vehicles may be tastefully decorated with flags, bunting,  streamers, etc.  (Ask the Parade Committee volunteers for a catalog of parade decorating materials or check the Parade website)
  2. Music of the era:Vehicles may play patriotic music of the car’s era (on boom boxes, tape or cd players, etc.) as your vehicle drives through the parade.
  3. Performing:You are in Show Business! Smile and wave to the young and old and in-betweens. Just sitting there in the car is BORING – to you and the spectators alike! Get in the Spirit!
  4. Groups:Antique and collectible vehicles may be paraded in chronological order, oldest to the newest within your group.  Military collectible units may  group their vehicles together in the era served, (i.e. WWI., WWII, Korean, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Afghanistan/Iraq, etc.)
  5. Interval / spacing of Units:Every parade Cruising Vehicle is encouraged to maintain a maximum interval of two to three car lengths between vehicles. Be sure to keep up and don’t lag behind!

FOR SAFETY

  1. Flaming, weaving, squealing of tires, exhibition of speed, or driving on the parade route in excess of 5mph, are all unsafe with so many children around and are not allowed.
  2. No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the staging area or in or around the parade route by participants or spectators during the Cruise and Parade, per local municipal law.
  3. NOTHINGmay be thrown or tossed along the parade route,pre-approved items may only be handed to spectators by persons walking outside the car.  This is to keep children from running up to the car and falling under the wheels.  (The Parade Committee receives information every year about children being injured and even killed at Parades and Car Cruises.  We don’ want that to happen here!)
  4. Non-gummycandy may be HANDED to children along the edge of the parade by your walker(s).  (The S.C. County Health Department has determined that gummy candy presents a choking hazard to young children.)
  5. Any devise that projects water, foam, or the like is not allowed by participants or spectators.  (Parents and adult chaperonesmay cool off children in their group with water misting bottles.)
  6. All living things on a moving vehicle must be secured.  No one is allowed to be on a running board, hood, roof, or fender, etc. Remember to maintain control of any animals at all times.
  7. Persons under 18 years are not allowed to operate motorized vehicles in the parade.

ENJOY!  We hope these show business procedures and rules will help increase the spectators’ and your own enjoyment. A complete listing of all the Parade Procedures, Expectations, and  Rules is posted on the Parade web page (www.mhfreedomfest.com). We invite your questions, suggestions and constructive comments by e-mail (parade@garlic.com) or phone (408-779-1776.)

EXPECTATIONS  and  BAND PERFORMANCE EARNINGS

  1. Bands should wear regular, or special “summer” uniforms, such as black pants and polo or T-shirts (imprinted with the band’s name & logo if possible.) The Committee feels that the normally mismatched faded to dark blue denim jeans, shorts and skirts just don’t make a good presentation or have as much spectator appeal as does a nice uniform look of khaki or black, etc.

If desired, we can help provide your band with quality band T-shirts imprinted with your band’s name and logo, mascot, etc. We receive a special discount so the cost is reasonable. This could be paid from the extra stipend you would receive for a parade uniform appearance. The purpose of this uniformity is to help make your unit look sharper!

  1. “Mom Squads” or water carriers, etc. in mixed “street clothes” really detract from the looks and showmanship of your band.

All persons who accompany your band must be “uniformed” and clearly identified as members of your group in order to earn the extra $250 “uniformed” allowance. You may use your band or Band Boosters’ tee shirts, matching patriotic shirts, etc. If non-“uniformed” persons want to walk along with your band, please inform them that a non-uniform look will cost the Band $250. Another alternative is to bring extra band or boosters shirts and have the walkers wear them.

  1. Each band should be preceeded by its own publicity / identification banner. Need one? Contact us. You should bring your required banner carriers, “uniformed” as above.
  2. Your band will also be preceded by a banner announcing the name of the sponsor which provides your earnings.  (We provide this banner and carriers for it.)
  3. Bands should play rapid tempo, stirring, patriotic march music, such as a John Phillip Souza march, etc. which would be recognized by a good percentage of the spectators.

Pipe bands should play “quick time” march music of approximately 80 to 100 steps per minute such as Scotland the Brave, etc. Please notify us via email by June 4 as to which musical piece you will be playing so the Announcers can notify the spectators who you are and the music you are playing.

Please be sure to be playing as you pass each of the four announcing stands. Do NOT stop to perform as this is a forward motion Parade.

  1. Bands may either march or play on a decorated flatbed truck, etc.
  2. All bands are expected to take home the top money offered in their size category by playing 80% of the time, or more, on the Parade route. Please note that the drum cadencedoes not countas part of this 80% playing time.
  3. Awards: In addition to the cash earnings, the top three competing bands in each Parade Entry Category, pipe, adult, college, high school, elementary, mixed group, etc. may each receive a very nice trophy, if desired. The top three Drum Majors and Flag Teams may also receive trophies or medals.

Please let us know via email by June 4 if you would like to receive one of these award types and if you plan to be at the 2:00 awards ceremony to receive your awards. (You may state this on your application, email, or call.)

  1. Presentation of Awards Ceremony: After the judges have compiled their parade points, the Awards Ceremony will be held at 2:00 in the V.I.P. area on the 1st floor of the Morgan Hill Parking Garage, 55 East 4th Street. Free cold beverages are provided. Please arrange to have your representative(s) there to receive your awards and the performance money check! You may want to eat downtown or go see the Car Show at the Community Center on 5th Street while waiting for the Awards Ceremony.

Band Performance Earnings

  1. The cash earnings are normally based on:

1) the numbers of players in the band,

2) the uniform appearance of the players, water carriers, Mom’s Squad, etc., and

3) on the percentage of time the band is actually playing music on the parade route.

For example, if a nicely “uniformed” band (see Expectations #1 and #2 above) of approximately 36 musicians plays 4 out of every 5 minutes (80%) they will have earned the top amount of money for their category.

  1. To earn an extra $250 (in addition to the earnings shown below) the Director may plan to have different groups playing at all times, as they Parade along the route. Sounds difficult, but some bands do this regularly by dividing the Band into three or four “mini” bands. (All play, then “A” group drops out to rest the embouchure, then rejoins as “B” group rests, then “C” , then the sequence starts again as all play, etc.

If you care to try this, please let us know so we can reserve the extra $250 for you.  (See # 12 above)

  1. Categories of Band Sizes:
Number of Performers      Playing Time

80%         100%

Uniform Stipend Total Possible

Stipend

36 – plus $750      +   $250 $250 $1,250
25 – 35  550       +     250   250   1,050
16 – 24  450       +     200   250     800
10 – 15  350       +     150   250     750

Fewer? Please call and discuss.

  1. Questions? Comments? Please call us and let’s discuss. We, the Chairs, and the Parade Committee want to “work with” you and are looking forward to seeing your Band in the Morgan Hill Freedom Fest July 4th Parade.

 

Sincerely,

 

Bob and Maureen Hunt, the Freedom Fest Parade Chairs

AWARDS

GRAND SWEEPSTAKES AWARD

$500

PARADE THEME AWARD

$300

MOST PATRIOTIC AWARD

$300

2016 Winners List

2016 “America, My Home Sweet Home” Winners
Line # Organization Category Sub-Category Winner The Best
1 Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Color Guard Color Guard Military 1st Place
2 Parade Welcome Banner Banner
3 Santa Clara Co Sheriff EMT
4 Morgan Hill Fire Department EMT
5 Morgan Hill Police Department EMT
6 P G & E Miscellaneous Commercial Not Competing
7 In Memory of Dennis Kennedy Banner and Horse Equestrian Not Competing
10 Grand Marshall, Eddie Bowers VIP
12 CommonWealth Central Credit Union Floats Business & Professional 2nd Place Most Patriotic
14 Sobrato High School Marching Band Band High School Flag Team
15 Sobrato High School Marching Band Band High School Drum Major 3rd Place
16 Sobrato High School Marching Band Band High School Band 3rd Place
17 South Bay Blue Star Moms Community Organization Other Group 1st Place
19 Johnson Lumber Floats Business & Professional 3rd Place
20 City of Morgan Hill Mayor Steve Tate & MayorIshizuko VIP
21 City Council Members, City Council members, Marilyn Librers, Larry Carr, Rich Constantine, and Gordon Siebert VIP
22 KBAY announcer, Lissa Chrysler VIP
23 Freedom Fest Patriotic Singers Floats Amateur & Non-profit Musical 2nd Place
24 Lawson Sakai VIP
25 Ben Edes VIP
26 Frank Sanchez VIP
27 Morgan Hill Sister Cities VIP
28 St. Catherine Parish Floats Amateur & Non-profit Musical 1st Place Grand Sweepstakes
30 Valley Christian School Jazz Band Band High School Jazz Band 1st Place
31 Athenna Crosby VIP Non-commercial Individual 1st Place
33 Billy Britton Novelty Novelty Individual 1st Place
34 State Senator Bill Monning VIP
35 The Little Gym Floats Business & Professional Musical 1st Place Theme Award
36 WERC Floats Amateur & Non-profit
38 Past Mayor’s Council of Morgan Hill VIP
40 Arroyo High School Marching Dons Band High School Flag Team 3rd Place
41 Arroyo High School Marching Dons Band High School Drum Major
42 Arroyo High School Marching Dons Band High School Band 2nd Place
43 Luis A. Alejo, Assemblyman, 30th District VIP
44 Morgan Hill Unified School District VIP
46 Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce Community Organization Other Group 3rd Place
47 Knights of Columbus Floats Amateur & Non-profit 3rd Place
49 BookSmart Miscellaneous Commerical Group 1st Place
50 Freedom Fest Essay Contest Youth Activities Non-Commercial 2nd Place
52 Live Oak Alumni Drum Line Band Drum Line 1st Place
53 Cub Scout Pack 766 Youth Activities Non-Commercial 1st Place
54 Jonathan Brusco, Gavilan Trustee VIP
55 Mariachi Herencia Mexicana Floats Amateur & Non-profit Musical
56 Wallace Adams Vehicle
57 Guglielmo Winery Floats Business & Professional
58 California Rodeo Salinas Miscellaneous Non-commercial Group 2nd Place
59 Claudio Arroyo Equestrian Charro 1st Place Best Adult Equestrian
60 Jury Kick Ranchette Equestrian Donkey Drawn Cart 1st Place
61 Dream Power Horsemanship Equestrian Mini horses, donkey 1st Place
62 San Martin Horsemen’s Association Equestrian Novelty 1st Place Best Equestrian Group
63 San Martin Horsemen’s Western Ranch Hand Western Ranch Hand 2nd Place
64 Today’s American WomanElegant Ms. California VIP
65 Ms. Wheelchair California VIP
66 Kantuta Bolivia Folklorico Dance Group Adult
67 Informed Choices Community Organization Other Group
68 Rene Spring Miscellaneous Non-commercial Individual
69 Interfaith Community of South County Community Organization Other Group 2nd Place
72 Union Middle School Band Band Middle School Drum Major 1st Place
73 Union Middle School Band Band Middle School Band 1st Place
74 Holistic Veterans Group Miscellaneous Non-commercial Group 1st Place
75 Dennis Dal Poggetto VIP
76 American Association of University Women Drill Team Drill Team Adult
78 Chads Roofing, Inc. Floats Business & Professional
79 Morgan Hill Lions Club Community Organization Service 2nd Place
81 San Jose Metropolitan Band Band Adult Band 2nd Place
82 John Blazek Vehicle Collector
83 Morgan Hill Athletic Club Floats Business & Professional
84 Morgan Hill Federation of Teachers, Howard Barnes Community Organization Other Group
85 Boy Scout Troop 799 Floats Ama Non-Push Float 1st Place
86 American Red Cross Community Organization Other Group Not Competing
87 Morgan Hill Animal Hospital Miscellaneous Commercial Group 2nd Place
88 2016 U.S. Women’s Open, LGPA VIP
88 Morgan Hill Downtown Association Community Organization Other Group Not Competing
89 Sonrisa Equestrian Team Floats Business & Professional
90 Santa Clara County Horsemen’s Association Equestrian Sr. Men 1st Place
91 Santa Clara County Horsemen’s Association Equestrian Sr. Women 1st Place
92 One Step Closer Miscellaneous Non-commercial Group 1st Place
93 Silicon Valley Veterinary Specialists Miscellaneous Commercial Not Competing
94 Santa Clara County,   Western Ranch Hand Western Ranch Hand 1st Place
96 The Ford Store Morgan Hill Miscellaneous Commercial Not Competing
98 Live Oak Emerald Regime Band High School Band 1st Place
99 Live Oak Emerald Regime Band High School Drum Major 1st Place
100 Live Oak Emerald Regime Band High School Flag Team 1st Place
101 “Marilyn” Novelty
102 Gilroy USD Miscellaneous Other Group
103 Re/Max Realty Partners Floats Business & Professional
104 Leadership Morgan Hill Community Organization Other Group
105 Pump It Up Floats Business & Professional
106 South Valley Masonic Lodge Community Organization Service 1st Place
107 Ankh Court #92 Novelty Novelty Group 1st Place
108 Coldwell Banker Floats Bussiness & Professional
109 Artech Tile Co. Floats Business & Professional
111 Morgan Hill Historical Society Community Organization Other Group
112 Sandoshin Taiko Band Novelty Band 1st Place
113 George Bianchi Construction Miscellaneous Commercial Not Competing
115 Corbin Miscellaneous Commercial Group Not Competing
116 Morgan Hill Library Community Organization Other Group
117 Beauty and the Beast Floats Amateur & Non-profit 2nd Place
121 Conservative Forum Floats Amateur & Non-profit
122 Honda of Morgan Hill Miscellaneous
123 Band Sponsor Banner
124 Oak Grove Band & Colorguard Band High School Band
125 Oak Grove Band & Colorguard Band High School Drum Major 2nd Place
126 Oak Grove Band & Colorguard Band High School Flag Team 2nd Place
128 United Academy of Martial Arts Youth Activities Commercial 1st Place
129 Sprig Electric Miscellaneous Commercial Individual 1st Place
130 Bay Area Savvy Players Equestrian Mounted Group 1st Place
131 Los Dorados Equestrian Charro Group 1st Place
133 Freedom Fest 5K VIP
134 Military Vehicle Collectors Club Community Organization Other Group Not Competing
136 Cecil Hodges Auto Vintage
137 Forty and Eight Voiture 365 Community Organization Veteran’s Group 1st Place
138 Paramit Corporation Floats Business & Professional 1st Place
140 Cupertino Symphonic Band Band Adult Band 1st Place
142 West Coast Martial Arts Floats Business & Professional Musical
143 Godfrey Collinge.com Realtor Team Miscellaneous Commercial Not Competing
144 Santa Clara County Model Aircraft Skyparks Floats Amateur & Non-profit 1st Place
146 Parade Volunteer Banner Banner
147 Community Christian Floats Amateur & Non-profit
148 KBAY 94.5     Jona Denz-Hamilton VIP
149 Sifu Meng Kung Fu Academy Novelty Novelty Group 2nd Place
150 Jeff Dixon, President Freedom Fest Committee, and Committee Members VIP
151 K-town “Kids” VIP
152 Bob and Maureen HuntParade Chairs VIP

Archive Parade Results

2015 “The Great American Road Trip”

Grand Sweepstakes:        St. Catherine Church

Theme Award:                    CommonWealth Central Credit Union

Most Patriotic Entry:      Freedom Fest Patriotic Singers

Best Overall

Equestrian Individual:    Claudio Arroyo

Best Overall

Equestrian Group:         Santa Clara County Horsemen’s Association

2014 “Destination America”

Grand Sweepstakes:        St. Catherine Church

Theme Award:                Indian Association of South County

Most Patriotic Entry:      South Bay Blue Star Moms

Best Overall

Equestrian Individual:    Claudio Arroyo

2013 “Sing the Songs of America”

Grand Sweepstakes:        Valley Christian Conservatory of the Arts

Theme Award:                St. Catherine Church

Best Overall

Equestrian Adult:            Claudio Arroyo

Best Overall

Equestrian Group:         San Martin Horsemen’s Association

2012 “Happy Birthday America”

 Grand Sweepstakes:        Crossroads Christian Church

Parade Theme Award:   Stratford School

Best Overall

Equestrian Adult:            Claudio Arroyo

Best Overall

Equestrian Group:         San Martin Horsemen’s Association

2011 “An Old Fashioned 4th of July”

Grand Sweepstakes:        Live Oak Emerald Alumni Band

Parade Theme Award:   Crossroads Christian School

Best Overall

Equestrian Individual:    Claudio Arroyo

Best Overall

Equestrian Group:         Jury Kick Ranchette

2010 “America the Beautiful”

Grand Sweepstakes:       Crossroads Christian School
Parade Theme Award:   IDI Patriotic Singers
Best Overall

Equestrian Group:         Gold Coast Arabians
Best Overall

Equestrian Individual:    Claudio Arroyo
Best Overall

Equestrian Junior:          California State Horsemen’s Association Royalty

Entries or comments postmarked after June 4 cannot be accepted. 

The Northern California Parade Judges Association has requested that we submit the lineup to them at least three weeks prior to the 4th of July requiring this deadline date so our volunteers can process the applications and prepare the lineup.


Equestrian judging will follow the California State Horsemen’s Association Parade Rules.  Call Parade Central if you would like a copy of those rules or if you have any questions.  Horses must be “parade ready,” and able to accept parade noises and activities and remain calm for safety reasons.

VOLUNTEER

Did you know that more than 500 volunteers are involved in producing all of the 6 July 4th events?  If you’d like to be a volunteer for the parade or any of the other events,

call (408) 779-1776 for more information.

CONTACT US

If you have any questions or need more information,
Please fill out  the form below or call the Parade Committee at (408) 779-1776.

Maureen & Bob Hunt

Parade Chairs


Donna Cowan

Broadcasting and Pre-Parade Chair

Don Cowan

Announcing Stage Logistics Chair


Sam Houston

Parade Vice-Chair

Jane Thuirer

Staging Chair


Woody Salyer

Communications Chair

Grant Chandler

Handicapped Seating


Bob Muetzenberg

Parade Logistics

We are looking forward to seeing you on July 4th as we all participate in the 141st Fourth of July Parade, now the Best Old-Fashioned Hometown 4th of July Parade in California!

SPONSORS

MORGAN HILL CELLARS
BOOK SMART
DP CONSTRUCTION
GUGLIELMO WINERY
GVA
JET ELECTRIC
LADERA GRILL
M & H TAVERN
MAURIZIO’S CUCINA ITALIANA
MOGGIA EVENTS
MR. FALAFEL
MURPHYS MECHANTILE
ODEUM
ROSY’S AT THE BEACH
ROYAL CLOTHIERS