Parade Chairman:
Jeremiah Williams
(209) 522-3066

Sponsorship Contact:
Jeremiah Williams
(209) 522-3066

Modesto Kiwanis Club & The City Of Modesto Present

Independence Day Parade


Entry Chairman:
John Field, DDS
(209) 480-1824

Media Chairman:
Savannah Williams
(916) 340-4606

Celebration Banner

Fireworks Show
at John Thurman Field

Presented by
Valley First Credit Union & the Modesto Nuts

Message from our Parade Chairman: Because July 4th falls on a Sunday this year, our Independence Day Parade will be on Saturday, July 3rd. Submit your entry as soon as possible, spots are limited.

Parade Start Time: 9:30AM

Since 1874, the city of Modesto has celebrated the 4th of July with a parade through downtown. This year is no exception. A downtown parade at 9:30 a.m., kicks off this year’s Fourth of July celebration, on Saturday, July 3rd!

Our 2021 parade theme:

“Stars And Stripes”

This year’s parade is being organized by the Modesto Kiwanis Clubs. Have a safe and wonderful 4th of July celebration!

Parade Start Time: 9:30 AM Sharp!

Grand Marshals: Modesto Rotary (Downtown MoRo)

4th of July Champions: Dale Butler & American G. I. Forum

Parade Announcers: Chris Murphy & DJ Walker

Official Parade Photographer: Kevin Scott

Official Parade Videographer & Drone Specialist: TBA

National Anthem: will be sung by Patty Castillo Davis.

Parade Route Vendors Contact - David Epps (209)557-2844

Food Vendors Contact - Caroline (209)581-5036

2021 Parade Judges

Ron Emerzian as Judge Chairman, plus other judges TBA.

“Born on the 4th of July?” Anyone 1-100, who was born on the 4th of July, is invited to join the annual float by emailing Rachelle Barkus at or call (209)681-4925.

Parade Entry Deadline

Your entry must be received by June 19th to secure your spot in the parade. Entries should be mailed to Modesto Kiwanis Club, 4th of July Parade, PO Box 176, Denair, CA 95316.

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Parade Categories

  • Best Overall Trophy
  • Chairman’s Trophy
  • Overall Theme Trophy
  • Overall Equestrian Unit
  • Individual Equestrian
  • Equestrian Club
  • Farm Entry
  • Antique Car (Pre-1940)
  • Classic Car (Pre-1973)
  • Custom Car
  • Antique Car Club
  • Custom Car Club
  • Motorcycle Group
  • Marching Band
  • Musical Group
  • Dance/Drill/Cheer Group
  • Military Unit
  • Color Guard
  • Corporate Entry
  • Ethnic Group
  • Non-Profit Group
  • Comical/Entertaining Entry
  • Kids Group
  • Political Entry
  • Dignitary (Non-judged)

Past Parade Winners

Thank A Kiwanian:  Kiwanis Club of Modesto, and North Modesto Kiwanis

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