Big July Fourth (and Fifth!) Weekend on the Mendocino Coast
Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

People set up for the parade at the Kelley House

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People set up for the parade at the Kelley House.
Friday is Independence Day, and the place to be is in the village of Mendocino for the annual parade. I’ve been going to these for quite a few years now, and they never fail to entertain in one way or another. The parade winds its way along Main Street and up Landing Street, and it starts at Noon. A great spot for watching the parade is down by the Kelley House. They will be serving food and drinks from 11 am to 3 pm, featuring sausages, hot dogs, chips, ice cream, sodas, wine and beer. They are the only place in town serving alcohol after the parade this year, since the big after-party at Friendship Park is alcohol-free. The popular local band Kevin and the Coconuts will be playing all afternoon at Kelley House, and there is also live music at Friendship Park. The parade is sponsored by the great folks at the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce.

On Saturday, the World’s Largest Salmon BBQ runs in Noyo Harbor from 11 am to 6 pm, followed by the big fireworks display. The MacCallum House also sponsors the Albion Street Block Party on Saturday afternoon. For more details about these and other coastal events, visit our Fourth of July Weekend page.

The parade is always a hoot; enjoy the gallery of images here. Fire trucks are a big part of the parade

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Fire trucks are a big part of the parade
All of the local volunteer fire departments come out for the parade
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All of the local volunteer fire departments come out for the parade
Search and Rescue Team Member
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Search and Rescue Team Member
MacCallum House serves food and champagne on their float
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MacCallum House serves food and champagne on their float
Paul Bunyan makes an appearance.
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Paul Bunyan makes an appearance.
These guys were very popular.
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These guys were very popular.
Having fun in the parade!
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Having fun in the parade!
These guys played basketball for the entire parade!
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These guys played basketball for the entire parade!
A beautiful horse
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A beautiful horse.
Harry Potter-themed entry
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Harry Potter-themed entry
Lined up and ready to start the parade.
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Lined up and ready to start the parade.

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