Ray Martini as Grand Marshall will lead Half Moon Bay’s 4th of July Parade marching down historic Main Street.
Decorated World War II US Army Air Corps Captain Ray Martini, a longtime Half Moon Bay resident, was one of the heroic P-47 pilots that flew over Normandy on D-Day. He flew two missions on D-Day, and two more the next day. At Half Moon’s Bay’s 2011 Farm Day Luncheon, Martini was awarded the Chevalier Medal of Honor by the French government.
Starting at noon, the home-spun parade with an array of creative floats, marching bands, equine groups, classic cars, decorated trikes and bikes, “Pooches on Parade”, youth sports teams, dance and theatre troupes, a Color Guard by the American Legion, and local dignitaries will slowly wind its way through the crowded downtown.
“The Old’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade is a beloved institution in our community. People come out in droves to get a good viewing spot on Main Street. You can see how much they love its small town charm and tradition,” said Cameron Palmer.
There is a $10 entry fee for individual parade entries — $20 for groups of three or more.
The parade is made possible through the sponsorship support of the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee and Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, which takes place this year on Oct. 13-14.
For parade information, call 650-703-6299.