Patriotic Bike Parade to Roll in Long Beach

It's a sweet Fourth of July tradition at 1 Granada Avenue.

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Justin Rudd

What to Know

  • Thursday, July 4
  • 10 a.m.
  • Bike parade and kids' costume contest are both free

Decorating one's handlebars for a big holiday can be some very involved business.

Same goes for the spokes of a bicycle, and the back of the seat, and the grips, and the bike's tubing, too.

And if it is the Fourth of July?

You'll want a few shiny stickers along the tubing, and some red, white, and blue streamers on the grips, and perhaps some festive Independence Day-style bunting on the bike basket.

You'll see all of that, plus kids wearing their patriotic best, at the boat ramp launch at 1 Granada Avenue in Long Beach on the morning of Thursday, July 4.

For that's the where and when of The Great American Kids' Bike Parade, an annual free event helmed by Justin Rudd, the civic-minded good-hearter who produces several local LBC to-dos, like the Haute Dog parades.

Those are the beautiful basics of the event, which has become a summertime staple in the area. Kids dress up in their Fourth of July finery, and some adults do, too, and there's a short bike ride, and speech contest (patriotism is the theme), and a costume contest, too.

Some 400 kids are expected, making the sweet outing quite size-able.

Want to spectate? That's free. Want to join the parade? Also free. Does your tot want to join the patriotic speech contest or costume contest?

You know what we're about to say next, don't you? (Those are free, too.)

For more on the adorable, no-fireworks-needed celebration, ride your own bike over to Mr. Rudd's site now.

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