The annual Independence Day Parade & Fun Run takes place next Tuesday morning, July 4th. The Fun Run and Parade will circle the Downtown area. A portion of the course will include Cleaveland Road, Woodsworth Lane, Boyd Road and Gregory Lane. Roadways in these areas will be closed from 7am to 10am. If you have any concerns, please contact the Pleasant Hill Police Department at 925-288-4600 and ask to speak to the Watch Commander. Here are all of the events in this year’s Fourth of July Celebration in Pleasant Hill:
Firecracker 5K Fun Run
The 5K run begins at 8:00am, preceded by the kids’ 100-yard dash at 7:50am. Register online at www.phjuly4.com and designate a Pleasant Hill school to support. Since this tradition started, over $130,000 in proceeds have been donated directly to local schools.
New Parade Route
The new parade route goes past City Hall before entering Crescent Drive in Downtown Pleasant Hill, providing an excellent viewing opportunity this year on the lawn at City Hall. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Gregory Lane and Cleaveland Road (next to Pleasant Hill Park). It continues along Cleaveland and turns east on to Trelany Road (adjacent to City Hall) then back on to Gregory Lane to Contra Costa Blvd. From there, it continues on the traditional route through Downtown Pleasant Hill.
The 2017 Grand Marshal is Past Citizen of the Year Jim Bonato, who served as President of the 4th of July Commission for 8 years and has been involved in numerous community activities. Always entertaining, the parade has something for everyone, from the Blue Devils C Corp to the International Suburban Dads BBQ Drill Team.
Party in the Park
After the parade, head over to Pleasant Hill Park to continue the celebration with food, games, and live entertainment. Back Forty Texas BBQ, Gotta Love Kettle Korn, IzzyA’s Frozen Custard, and Cool Spoon Vending will be on hand with food for purchase. The popular giant inflatables, kid’s games, and petting zoo are back. Enjoy live music from dr. D.
Fireworks and Festivities
Starting at 6:30pm at College Park High School, Slow Hand BBQ, IzzyA’s Frozen Custard, and Cool Spoon Vending will provide food and beverages for sale. Live entertainment begins at 7:15pm with rock and roll band Fast Times. Pyro Spectaculars will begin the fireworks show at dusk, around 9:20pm. There’s always a huge crowd, so plan to arrive early. Bring a blanket and a jacket just in case.
All of the events and activities are organized by the Pleasant Hill Fourth of July Commission.