About & Parade Info

Parade Route

Parade begins at 10 AM

2017 National Anthem Singer - Rachel Sevilla

Rachel Sevilla is a sixteen-year-old high school student, currently attending Fremont Christian School. Through Fremont Christian School, she sings in the Concert Choir and Living Water Vocal Ensemble, where she has had the opportunity to sing in Carnegie Hall in the years 2015 and 2017. Alternating every other year with Carnegie Hall, she also performs with her high school choir in the ACSI Musicale Festival in Pasadena. She competes in the NCN Fine Arts competition yearly and was the 2017 Regional Merit Winner of the Sr. Female Vocals category. She starred as Cinderella in Fremont Christian's musical production of "Cinderella" last May.

Rachel has had a growing passion for singing since childhood, as music is a huge part of her life. As well as singing, she plays the piano, ukulele, and guitar. Rachel is excited to be a part of the 2017 Fremont 4th of July Parade and is honored to sing the National Anthem to kick off the parade.

2017 Parade Grand Marshal - Jim Morris, FUSD Superintendent

James Morris, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Fremont Unified School District

Fremont, California

Jim Morris began his career in education thirty-six years ago as a teacher in Los Angeles and is retiring on June 30th as the Superintendent of the Fremont Unified School District where he has served for the past seven years. He is proud that Fremont is widely recognized for our high performing schools, amazing students, talented teachers and staff, and committed parents and community.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master's degree in Educational Administration, and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

2017 Parade Honorary Grand Marshal - The Family of Jim Sakane

Earlier this year, our community lost a Fremont icon. We were all surprised and deeply saddened by the passing of James "Jim" Sakane, a great kind man. In honor and respect, we are pleased to announce that his family will be showcased as our Honorary Grand Marshals. The parade was one of Jim's favorite Fremont events to photograph. He had an incredible gift of capturing the spirit of all the events he filmed. We will truly miss him and are proud to be able to honor him and his family.

2017 Parade Judges

Rabbi Moshe Fuss


Rabbi Moshe Fuss


Rabbi Moshe Fuss moved to Fremont in late 2012 with a one-way ticket and a mission to impact our society. He and his wife Chaya founded the Chabad Jewish Center. Chabad is an independent branch of the world's fastest growing Jewish Organization and provides programming for the greater community including the Annual Chanukah lighting. Rabbi Moshe serves as a Chaplain at Washington Hospital and Elmwood Correctional Facility. Rabbi Moshe Fuss spent 7 years studying Rabbinical Studies, 5 of them in France, after which he received his Rabbinical Ordination in New York. He travelled to communities all over the world where he did Humanitarian Work and Community Programming.

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Winners Circle

Fremont Fourth of July Parade Award Winners

2017

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

Non-Commercial/Amateur Float
1st City of Fremont HRC
2nd Irvington Business Association
3rd TIE - Area 3 Rotary / Prince of Peace Church and School

Commercial/Professional Float
1st Fremont Chevrolet

Drill/Dance
1st City of Fremont Recreational Dance Program
2nd Can Do Its Handicapable Square Dance Club

Novelty/Specialty Unit
1st Gurdwara Sahib Fremont
2nd TIE - FUSD Spanish Immersion / Citizens for Better Community / Fremont Football & Cheer League
3rd TIE - Candle Lighters / Wat Buddhanusorn Thai Temple

Vehicle
1st American Legion Newark-Washington Township Post #837
2nd Mission Trail Mustangs Car Club
3rd Holy Spirit Church

Special Awards
Most Patriotic - Irvington Business Association
Most Patriotic Decorated Vehicle(s) - Tri-Valley Classic Chevy Club
People’s Choice - Irvington Business Association

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 as 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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