Sonoma 4th of July Parade, 10am

My favorite day in Sonoma is quickly approaching!  If you have never been to  Sonoma’s 4th of July parade, you are in for a treat.

The parade is sponsored by the Sonoma Community Center.  Here is the schedule from their website:

2009 Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
A Salute to
Our Community Traditions
With wine sponsor Robledo Family Winery
Saturday, July 4Schedule of Events
10:00am – Parade begins
11:30am – Hometown Band Concert
12:00pm – Patriotic Ceremony
12:15pm – The Fondettes perform
Live music on the lawn:
1:00pm – Thin One Man
3:00pm – The Sean Carscadden Trio

Thousands of people show up and parking can be a challenge, so be prepared to walk a bit from your car.

Traditionally, there is a water  fight between the citizens (with balloons) and the fire department (with their truck) along First Street West near the Steiner’s Tavern.

This is just another part of this wonderful day.  It is quite fun to watch.  One of my favorite memories of the parade is looking up and seeing 50 or more colorful balloons in the air with the bright blue sky behind them.  Mind you, I was making my way AWAY from the target zone at the time!

If you don’t want to get wet, don’t sit in this area.

Come to think of it, I haven’t seen anyone get wet along First Street East.  That may be more of a ‘dry zone.’

The parade will likely last two hours or more.

See you there!