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4th of July Parade Need to Knows: 50,000 Spectators, Parking, and Chairs

An estimated 50,000 people will descend onto Danville for its Fourth of July parade. Are you ready?

For nearly 50 years, Danville has played host to the Kiwanis Club of the San Ramon Valley's Fourth of July parade.

This year, with the theme "Danville, Small town Values... Big Heart," parade organizers are expecting 50,000 spectators.

That's more than the population of Danville itself, which is about 42,000 by the way.

Several floats and groups are a part of the parade and all revenue are donated to local charities.

So, the town will be a buzz -- and jam-packed -- on the Fourth, here is a guide that will help you navigate the day.


The parade starts at 9 a.m. in Danville but festivities run all day between Danville and San Ramon. The parade is expected to last about two hours. Here are the details:


The parade will start at Hartz Avenue south at San Ramon Valley High School and travel along Hartz Avenue onto San Ramon Valley Boulevard, stopping Sycamore Valley Road. The route is 1.2 miles long and is expected to take two hours.


Spectators cannot put out chairs prior to July 3 at 6 p.m. It's serious! Read our (not much has change).


Streets feeding into Danville along the parade route will close at 6 a.m. So -- be prepared for alternate routes.

Parking lots to park in:

  • Front Street Municipal Parking lot
  • Railroad Avenue Municipal Parking lot
  • Clock Tower Parking lot
  • Park and Ride lot on Sycamore Valley Road
  • Danville Library/Community Center parking lot
  • Disabled resident parking is available at Diablo Road at Front Street. 

These streets will be closed between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.:

  • Danville Boulevard between El Cerro Boulevard and Railroad Ave.
  • Railroad Ave. between Hartz Ave. and Love Lane.
  • Love Lane between Railroad Ave. and Verona Avenue.
  • La Gonda Way between El Cerro Boulevard and Danville Boulevard
  • Hartz Avenue between Railroad Ave. and Hartz Way.
  • San Ramon Valley Boulevard between Hartz Way and Sycamore Valley Road
  • Westbound Sycamore Valley Road and Remington Loop between San Ramon Valley Boulevard and Sheri Lane. 

Drivers looking to get through can use these streets:

  • Danville Boulevard from El Cerro Boulevard north
  • Del Amigo Road
  • Verona Road
  • San Ramon Valley Boulevard south of West Sycamore Valley Road

Booze and dogs

No booze allowed on the street during the parade (or any time) and dogs are discouraged during the parade due to the larger amount of people.

For more information about the Fourth of July parade in Danville check out the Kiwanis website here.

the dogfather July 02, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Please, please (PLEASE!) leave your dogs at home for this parade -- esp. those ol' gomers with shotguns panic pets! EVery year, I see some scared-to-death pup who's slipped his collar or leash tearing away down the route -- with winded owner in futile pursuit. Contain them inside, and assume they're better at escape than you think they are, draw curtains and leave the TV or stereo on -- preferably avoid the 1812 Overture. Some shelters pre-kill their current residents, knowing that there will be a crush of new arrivals on 7/4-5. Lots of roadkill, too -- keep Phydeaux safe!


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