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Join Us for Independence Day 2019

Independence Day is just around the corner and we would love your help in supporting CERT and CERV this holiday. Monterey's annual 4th of July Parade and is a must-attend celebration that draws approximately 15,000 people to line the streets in and around Old Monterey. Come revel in the festive floats, patriotic displays, entertaining costumes, musical bands and a day full of free activities.

There are a number of ways you can help support your community this year:

1. Marching in the parade: 
All CERT members for the parade. All CERT marchers stage in the Blood Center back parking lot at 576 Hartnell Street across from the Monterey Post Office before 9:30 a.m. so we can get our spot in the "procession" and be ready to go.  Fortunately, in front of the Monterey Post Office is also where the FREE donuts and coffee are located!  (Bonus!🎆) Please bring (and wear) your CERT helmet, vest and some good walking shoes.

The parade will start at the corner of Alvarado Street and Pearl Street. It will go down Alvarado Street and turn left onto Del Monte Ave and then take an immediate left onto Calle Principal. It will continue on Calle Principal until Jefferson Street, and end there.  It is an easy stroll with CERT members (all the units, not just us!). 


 2. Manning the CERT/CERV Booth:
We need volunteers to help share the benefits of the Monterey CERT and CERV programs and tell citizens how they can get involved. The CERT/CERV booth will be located on Pacific Street across from Francis Elkin Park (Monterey Museum of Art). We will begin setting up the booth no later than 9:30 AM. We would love your help for an hour or two throughout the day (till 4:30/5pm) either setting up, manning or breaking down the booth. We need at least two volunteers per hour. If you are able to assist with the booth please contact Sarah Blackstone at sarahblack@aol.com.

The best place to park on the day of the parade will be the West Garage, East Garage or Lot 7 with entry on Pacific Avenue. Please refer to the City of Monterey's Parking Services for locations.

Please remember your sunscreen and smiles. We look forward to seeing you on Independence Day!

Fourth of July in Monterey - A full day of free family activities
It’s time for the City of Monterey’s annual 4th of July Celebrations. There is a full day of family fun scheduled for Thursday, July 4, 2019.

Join Monterey Firefighters for the Annual Pancake Breakfast beginning at 7:00 a.m. at Monterey Fire Station #11 before hitting the July 4th downtown parade. Breakfast includes arts and crafts for kids and a chance to meet local firefighters. Tickets are $10 and proceeds will benefit local charities.

The Old Monterey Business Association will be providing a 4th of July Parade on Alvarado Street at 10:00 a.m. For more info, please call 655-8070 or oldmonterey.org

The City of Monterey will continue to offer the Admission Free Big Little Backyard Bar-B-Que and Entertainment Extravaganza held on the historic grounds of Colton Hall on Pacific Street.  Entertainment will be available for all ages. This event features non-stop live music from 11:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  Featured bands include Operation Rock (11:00 a.m.), Pure Ecstasy (12:00 p.m.), The Money Band (1:30 p.m.) and Foreverland (3:00 p.m.). Children's entertainment includes free carnival booths and games, face painting, jump houses and balloon artists.  Lots of great food provided by non-profit food vendors will be on sale all day, or you can bring a picnic lunch. For the safety of others and your pet, please leave all animals at home except for guide/service animals. Please note that this is an ALCOHOL FREE family event. Free Bike Valet provided by Green Pedal Couriers & Monterey Bay Bicycle Coalition will be located at the corner of Jefferson and Pacific Streets. Park your bike, scooter, skateboard or stroller for free and pick up at the end of the Lawn Party at 4:30 p.m.  For more information, download the 4th of July Lawn Party flyer, call 646-3996 or go online to monterey.org/july4th

The Monterey County Pops! will be offering an evening concert at 7:00 p.m. at the Golden State Theatre in downtown Monterey. For more information, please visit montereycountypops.org

For the first time this year, the Monterey Amberjacks will be playing on the 4th of July. Game starts at 5:00 p.m. at Frank E. Sollecito Jr. Ballpark and tickets can be purchased at the gate for $10 beginning at 4:00 p.m. Come celebrate America’s pastime with Independence Day music and Monterey’s only hometown professional baseball team. For more information, please visit montereyamberjacks.com

If you are spending the day in Monterey, remember that fireworks of any type are prohibited in Monterey. Having them or using them could cost you $1000.  If you are visiting our beach, please bring your own garbage/recycling bag and take your trash with you. 

Join Save Our Shores on Friday, July 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for a Star Spangled Beach Clean-up. Check in at the base of Monterey Municipal Wharf #2. For more information, contact cleanup@saveourshores.org

Have a fun and safe 4th of July!

More information at monterey.org/july4th

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