Great American 4th of July Kids’ Bike Parade to Ride Through Belmont Shore

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More than 500 kids are expected to participate in the 12th Annual Great American 4th of July Kids’ Bike Parade this weekend.

The parade is all about “Red, White and Youth” says organizer Justin Rudd. Each year kids and their parents take a Fourth of July ride decked-out patriotic-themed bikes, wearing red, white & blue outfits and waving flags, in hopes of taking home top-10 prize money of $10.

The National Anthem will kick off the event at 10 a.m., just before the parade begins. Parade lasts about 1 hour.

Additional parade-day events will include a patriotic costume contest and a patriotic speech contest. 

Start and finish at 1 Granada Ave. heading east on the beach bike path, Belmont Shore, 90803

The two-mile leisurely-paced “out & back” parade will start at the Granada Boat Launch Ramp and travel east along the beach bike path, down Bay Shore Avenue to Second Street. Bay Shore Avenue will be closed to car traffic. The parade will not cross Second Street.

Entry into the Bike Parade is free. Kids are required, by law, to wear helmets and be escorted by a parent or guardian during the parade. By law, motor driven cycles are not allowed on the beach bike path. By law, no dogs on the bike path.

Judging will take place near the start of the beach bike path parade route. Judging is based on display of red, white & blue; originality; creativity; first impression and spectator appeal.

To pre-register or for more information, visit http://www.justinrudd.com/bikeparade.html.

The Great American 4th of July Kids’ Bike Parade is sponsored by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team.

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