About & Parade Info

Parade Route

Parade begins at 10 AM

Parade Route Updates

Parade Staging area closes at 7:00 AM and the Parade Route closes to traffic to 9:00 AM.

2016 National Anthem Singer

Cathryn Flores is a native of Fremont and will be a Junior at Irvington High School. She is also a pitcher for Irvington's Varsity softball team. Cathryn has been a cast member in local musical theater and has won singing competitions in various categories including musical theater, pop and classical. In 2012, she won first place in the Jr. Division of Fremont's Got Talent Competition and has been an opening performer for the City of Fremont's Summer Concert Series. She plays piano, guitar and ukelele. She's had the privilege of singing the National Anthem for the California State Rodeo and the San Jose Giants.

Cathryn loves animals, spending time with friends and family, going to movies, concerts and baseball games.

2016 Parade Grand Marshall - Candlighters

Candle Lighters is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds for non-profit groups and community-based projects in the Tri-City Community. (Fremont, Newark & Union City). They consider themselves a service and a social organization and raise money solely through their annual Ghost House. Open during the last two weeks of October and based in a historical 19th century Carriage House, the Ghost House is a wonderful family-oriented event for all ages! 2016 is will be their 48th year!

2016 Parade Judges

Cyndy Mozzetti

Cyndy Mozzetti


Born in San Jose raised in Niles and Centerville, her Mother's family owns Joe's Corner building in Niles and Dad's family had a dairy where Tesla is now located. She attended Norris, Vallejo Mill and Niles Elementary, Centerville Jr High and graduated Washington High. Grad of Ohlone and Cal State Hayward. She has worked as an Elementary School teacher but is currently the Office Manager for Mozzetti Trucking Inc. MTI which is celebrating 70 years of continuing business in Fremont. She has served 17 years on Fremont Planning Commission and is active in Centerville Business and Community Association and Fremont Chamber of Commerce.

Winners Circle

Fremont Fourth of July Parade Award Winners

2016

Marching Bands
1st American High School
2nd Spirit of Sunnyvale
3rd Fremont Education Foundation

Non-Commercial/Amateur Float
1st Irvington Business Association
2nd Area 3 Rotary Club of Dist. 5170
3rd Prince of Peace Lutheran Church & School

Commercial/Professional Float
1st Pacific West Gymnastics
2nd Washington Hospital
3rd Fremont Chevrolet - Candlighters

Drill/Dance
1st Can Do It’s Handicapable Square Dance Club
2nd City of Fremont Dance Program
3rd K & K Twirlers

Novelty/Specialty Unit
1st Young Champions Youth Outreach Program
2nd Mystical Order of Velocipede Enthusiasts on Victorian Adventures
3rd Wat Buddhism Thai Temple

Vehicle
1st Escobar Ranch
2nd Tri Valley Classic Chevy Club
3rd Ford F-100 Elites

Special Awards
Most Patriotic- Pacific West Gymnastics
Most Patriotic Decorated Vehicle(s)- Tri-Valley Classic Chevy Club
People’s Choice - Pacific West Gymnastics

2015

Marching Bands
1st Tri-City Band
2nd American High
3rd Fremont Education Foundation

Commercial/Professional Floats
1st Irvington Business Association
2nd Fremont Flowers
3rd Prince of Peace Lutheran Church & School

Drill/Dance
1st KK Twirlers
2nd Can Do Its Handicapable Square Dance Club

Novelty/Specialty Unit
1st American Legion Newark-Washington Township Post #837
2nd Young Champions/Champion Youth Outreach Program
3rd Citizens for Better Community

Marching Bands
1st Tri-City Band
2nd American High
3rd Fremont Education Foundation

Novelty/Specialty Unit
1st American Legion Newark-Washington Township Post #837
2nd Young Champions/Champion Youth Outreach Program
3rd Citizens for Better Community

2014

Marching Band
1st American High School Band
2nd Tri-City Band Corps
3rd Fremont Education Foundation

Drum & Bugle Corp
1st Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets

Non-Commercial Float
1st Irvington Business Association
2nd Rotary Clubs
3rd Prince of Peace

Commercial Float
1st Fremont Flowers

Drill / Dance Team
1st K&K Twirlers
2nd Can Do It Square Dancers

Novelty / Specialty
1st Gurdwara Fremont Sikh Martial Arts
2nd Tri-City Volunteers
3rd American Legion Network - Washington Township

Vehicle Category
1st Mission Peak Heritage Foundation Castro Valley Model A’s
2nd Mission Trail Mustangs
3rd Niles Main Street

Special Awards
Most Patriotic Spirit
Tri-Valley Classic Chevy Club
Most Patriotic Decorated Vehicle
Niles Main Street
People’s Choice Award
Fremont Flowers





2013

Drum & Bugle Corp
1st The Renegades
2nd Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets

Marching Band
1st American High School Band
2nd Spirit of Sunnyvale Marching Band
3rd Tri-City Band Corps

Drill / Dance Team
1st K&K Twirlers
2nd Falvaz of D’Caribbean
3rd Can Do It Square Dancers

Novelty / Specialty
1st Tri-City Relay for Life
2nd Coyote Hills Girl Scouts
3rd American Legion Post 837

Non-Commercial Float
1st Irvington Business Association
2nd Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
3rd Sikh Community

Commercial Float
1st Fremont Flowers
2nd Kid Kango’s Karaoke Karavan
3rd Fremont Chevrolet

Our History

o Pre-history: Sabre Toothed Cats, Irvington Camels, and Mammoths roam the area now known and Fremont
o More modern history: Ohlone Indians call the area of Fremont and surrounding areas home
o 1797: Spaniard Father Fermin de Lasuen founded Mission San Jose, the 14th California Mission
o 1846: John C. Frémont, “The Great Pathfinder” and our City’s namesake, mapped a trail through Mission Pass
o 1853: Washington Township was established and included the communities of Mission San Jose, Centerville, Niles, Irvington, and Warm Springs
o 1869: Leland Stanford Vineyards begin operation
o 1871: Washington College of Science and Industry is built
o 1884: Gallegos Winery is built
o 1892: Gallegos Winery purchased, changed to Palmdale Company
o 1906: The Great SF Earthquake destroys Gallegos/Palmdale Winery
o 1912-1916: Niles district is home to the earliest Californian motion picture industry, and to Charlie Chaplin
o 1941: The Irvingtonian Era (1.8 Million BP to 340K BP) is named after the Irvington District of Fremont
o 1945: Weibel family purchases the Stanford Winery
o 1955: The City of Newark incorporates
o 1956: Mission San Jose, Centerville, Niles, Irvington, and Warm Springs form the City of Fremont
o 1959: The City of Union City Incorporates
o 1962: Central Park officially opens
o 1963: General Motors Plant (later NUMMI, and now Tesla) opens
o 1964: The Pathfinders Day Parade begins, named after John C. Fremont, “The Great Pathfinder”
o 1969: Lake Elizabeth Officially opens
o 1996: Weibel relocates winery operations to Woodbridge, CA
o 1999: City of Fremont begins hosting annual 4th of July Parade
o 2001: Budget cutbacks force City of Fremont to cease hosting annual 4th of July Parade, citizens take over the responsibility
o 2010: Tesla purchases the NUMMI Plant (Originally GM Plant)

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