Orinda Celebrates its 39th Annual 4th of July Parade


Returning this year to Orinda’s 39th annual 4th of July parade are the Orinda Volunteer Marching Band, stilt walkers and more at what is popularly known as, “The Best Hometown Parade.”

Know Before You Go

  • Street parking will not be available along the parade route on Moraga Way or on Orinda Way. All other street parking is available, as well as Orinda BART’s west parking lot. For handicapped parking, drivers may drop passengers off in front of the Community Center on Orinda Way until 9 a.m.
  • Street closures planned from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. include: the Westbound Highway 24 on-ramp (East side of Camino Pablo); Moraga Way from Wells Fargo Bank to the Davis Road intersection; a portion of Santa Maria and all of Orinda Way. [Highway 24 access for both on and off ramps will remain available at St. Stephens Drive].
  • Volunteers will serve as Parade Route Monitors, helping keep the parade moving and ensuring safety.
  • Porta potties, provided by Republic Services, will be on the North side of town in the Community Center parking lot and the East BART parking lot.
  • Need more info? Visit www.orindaassociation.org.


CEVICHE & CO. – Fresh ceviche, chicken, steak skewers.

EL GRAN TACO LOCO – Outstanding Mexican food, including tacos and burritos.

GOLDEN GATE GYRO – Fresh Middle Eastern cuisine including the best halal gyros and a side of good vibes.

IKE’S GRILL – Awesome burgers, chicken and sides.

Why We Volunteer for the Parade

    “When we moved over from the Berkeley hills many years ago (for the schools), one of the first events our family (with kids ages 5 and 2) experienced was the annual parade. It was magical—a red wagon with two young uns and proud parents weaving in with the parade crowd. After the parade, we ended up in the park—a petting zoo, face painting, food and beer and music! What could be better!” – Chris Laszcz-Davis

    “These [busy] days, there are fewer opportunities to engage and contribute to your community than ever. The Orinda 4th of July Parade is the best combination of community involvement and fun that I’ve ever found.” – Andy Radlow

    “Volunteering gives me a sense of purpose and a chance to give back to the community. The 4th of July parade was something our family always looked forward to, especially when my sons, AJ and Dan, were young boys. I enjoy being a part of the parade and seeing all the families having fun and smiles on so many faces.” – Jackie Buettner

Compiled by Kathy Cordova, Executive Editor


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