The Sonoma 4th of July Parade is back!!! – Sonoma Sun

Posted on April 3, 2022 by Sonoma Valley Sun

The Sonoma Volunteer Firefighters Association has big news. Sonoma’s 4th of July celebration – the fireworks and Plaza parade – will return in 2022.

“It has been some time since we have been able to celebrate our nation together in person with all the normal events and we are delighted to be able to experience the 4and July again. “says an enthusiast Joe Keechler, parade organizer. “The theme for this year’s parade is “Honouring Frontline Workers”.

The scheduled parade route begins and ends at First St. E. and East Spain St. The judging area will be located in front of Sonoma City Hall and all parade entries will be judged on their adherence to our theme. , their originality, their enthusiasm and their patriotism.

Once again, the parade will end at the “Splash Zone,” which has been renamed the “Tim Gray Memorial Splash Zone” in honor of its founder, the late Tim Gray, said parade organizer Joe Keechler.

Beginning May 2, 2022, parade entries will be available on the association’s website, Applications are available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited to 70 entries. The deadline to register for the parade is June 3, 2022 at 5 p.m.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. sharp. Adults of drinking age are encouraged to stop by the Sonoma Volunteer Firefighters Association (SVFA) booth for Mimosas beginning at 9 a.m.

The parade has only just begun. The Festival on the Plaza with an assortment of games, information booths, food, shows, drinks and fun for the whole family starts at 11 a.m. A full calendar of Plaza events and vendors will be posted as details develop.

As the sky turns to dusk, attention will shift to General Vallejo Field (West Spain at Third Street), for the fireworks display around 9:30 p.m.

Another tradition, that of a hometown celebration produced by volunteers with grassroots support from local citizens, also continues. The success of this event relies in large part on the support of the community. Unfortunately, donations from last year’s fireworks didn’t cover the costs of the full show, Keechler said.

“This year, we hope that more community donations will fill this gap so that we can continue to provide this show for years to come. We want to take this time to thank everyone who has donated in the past and welcome additional donations. »

To donate, please visit our website at or mail your donation to SVFA, 630 2n/a St.W., Sonoma, CA, 95476. For more information, see

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