The Fairfield Main Street Association will host “A Star-Spangled Salute to America’s Heroes” July 4 when the beloved Independence Day Parade makes its way through downtown Fairfield.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and will run along Texas Street between Taylor and Washington Streets. Spectators are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue!
There is a special twist for this year’s parade Grand Marshal as it will honor not just one individual, but an entire family! The 2018 Grand Marshal honor goes to the Lanza family of Wooden Valley Winery. The Lanzas are celebrating 85 years of winemaking in Fairfield.
“We couldn’t imagine a more deserving family to honor as our Independence Day Parade Grand Marshals," said Executive Director Margaret Manzo. "The Lanza family and Wooden Valley Winery do so much for our community that it was an easy decision for the Promotions Committee”.
The Lanza family has a rich history here in Fairfield. Richard (Chick) and Adrienne Lanza share their story on the winery's website - “We wanted a big family, and we wanted to grow the business to support us all. It meant hard work and long days for both of us, so you can imagine the sense of pride we have now, with over 300 acres of varietal grapes, and all four sons integrated into a strong family business. I look forward and I see my grandchildren thriving on the same land that has provided for four generations of Lanzas. It’s a good feeling.”
Special thanks also goes to Jelly Belly Candy Company for their generous sponsorship of this year’s parade. The Independence Day Parade is made possible through community donations, which have significantly dropped over the past few years.
“Without support from Jelly Belly, we were worried how we would fund this year’s event," Manzo said. "We’re very grateful they stepped in to help.”
Awards and ribbons will be presented in 28 categories, with Sweepstakes Trophies for Best Use of Theme, and Grand Sweepstakes. Every entry will receive a certificate of participation. A Parade Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday, July 13 at the City Council Chambers, located at 1000 Webster Street.
Community members can show their appreciation by treating a First Responder to breakfast at the Boy Scout Troop 482 Pancake Breakfast at the Fairfield Moose Lodge located at 623 Taylor Street from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Breakfast is $6 per person and will include pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice, and coffee. Tickets may be purchased or donated to a First Responder in advance at www.troop482.net. This event is open to the public and to-go boxes will be available.
Fairfield’s Channel 26 will broadcast the parade for those who are unable to attend. For more information, visit www.fairfieldmainstreet.com or call 707-422-0103.
There is no fireworks show in Fairfield, but nearby Suisun City will host its annual Fourth of July celebration at the waterfront, beginning at 11 a.m., that will include fireworks at night. The day will also feature live music, craft vendors, and family entertainment. Admission is free!