Novato Parade

There’s nothing quite like a parade to bring a community together and this one does just that. This popular parade is one of the largest in the San Francisco Bay Area, boasting more than one hundred entries. While getting up early in the morning on a weekend may not sound like the most appealing idea, your efforts will pay off in the form of prime seats for viewing the spectacle. For years now, crowds line Novato’s Grant Avenue where the parade begins in the city’s Old Town district to watch the pageant of classic cars and color guards, festive floats and music bands, fancy cowgirls on golden palominos, and decorated basset hounds. The parade is also famous for its contingent of vintage military vehicles from the Joe Garbarino World War II Military Vehicle Museum.

If You Go:

When: Saturday, July 4 at 10 a.m.

Where: Grant Ave. Between Reichert and 7th Avenue in Novato

Cost: Free