Your weekend: Fun on the Fourth
The Island is bursting with Fourth of July goodness on Friday, starting with the Ralph Appezzato Charity Event, a 3.1 mile footrace to raise funds for Midway Shelter and the American Red Cross. The race begins at 9:45 a.m. in front of Bank of Alameda, 1417 Park Street. Entry fee is $25. There’s more information here. Next up, it’s that most Alameda of traditions, the Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade. This year’s theme is “Green and Clean,” whatever that means. You probably already know everything about it if you are part of the half of town that is expected to ride on one of the 170 floats slated to participate in this year’s parade (last year’s rivaled Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s speeches in length), which begins at 10 a.m. on Park, at Lincoln and winds through town. The website for the parade is here. Then it’s a Jumpin’ and Jivin’ July 4 Jubilee (Jeepers!), from noon to 4 p.m. at Rittler Park, corner of Grand Street and Otis Drive. The event includes “patriotic” games and crafts, jump houses and music, plus food and drinks. Wristbands are $5 for crafts, $5 for the jump houses or $10 for both, and there’s a charge for food. More info is here. Last but not least, the USS Hornet is hosting an Independence Day Party featuring music, family activities, ship tours, food and drinks and a view of the fireworks. Family fun begins at noon and ends at 8 p.m., and the bands play from 1 to 9 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults, $25 at the door; for kids ages 5-17, tickets are $12. More info here. Enjoy!