ORINDA -- The city is gearing up for Lamorinda's 30th annual Fourth of July celebration, scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast and include a run/walk, the now-regionally-famous parade, a few classic cars, live music and plenty of other activities for the whole family.
And, of course, there will be the ever-popular Orinda All-Volunteer Marching Band, which is open to any musician with an instrument. It holds its first practice one hour before the parade begins.
The day's activities begin at 7:30 a.m. with the pancake breakfast at the Orinda Community Center, 28 Orinda Way. That will be followed by the Roadrunners' Fun Run and Haley's Run for a Reason. The latter is named for Haley Tom, an Orinda girl who was 21 months old when she died in 2000 of Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood. All proceeds from this event benefit The SUDC Program.
While technically two separate runs, with separate sign-ups, they share the same course. The theme for this year's run(s) is "Boston Strong," in honor of those killed and injured in the bombing at this year's Boston Marathon. Wearing official Boston Marathon colors (blue and yellow) is encouraged.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. by the Orinda Theatre and travels under the freeway to the Orinda Community Center. The parade features floats, various marchers and musicians, including the Orinda All-Volunteer Marching Band. Band practice starts at 9 a.m.!
After the parade ends at approximately 11:30 a.m., a wide variety of activities begin at the Orinda Community Center Park. Adults can peruse the many nonprofit booths, all the while enjoying the Educational Foundation of Orinda Jazz Band, while children enjoy the petting zoo or Jeremy the Juggler. There will also be face painters, balloon artists, a balloon toss, carnival games and two bounce houses. The Miramonte High School Varsity Football returns to run its popular football toss.
There also will be numerous food and beverage booths -- enjoy the Orinda Chamber of Commerce's hot dogs, bratwurst from Shelby's Restaurant, burritos from La Cocina Mexican Food, ice cream from Loard's, kettle corn and smoothies, specialty beers from Orinda Rotary, including Czech beer in honor of Orinda's Sister City Tabor in the Czech Republic.
Car enthusiasts will enjoy Orinda Motors' classic car show at the entrance to the park, giving a glimpse of a few of the prize automobiles to be displayed at the annual Classic Car Show in September.
The Independence Day fun is sponsored by The Orinda Association, in partnership with the City of Orinda, Orinda Community Foundation, Orinda Parks & Recreation Foundation, Orinda Chamber of Commerce and the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. Orinda Motors and Mechanics Bank are title sponsors.
For the complete schedule of activities, the parade route and parking availability, go to www.orindaassociation.org or call 925-254-0800.
To accommodate the parade, the westbound Highway 24 on/off ramp and the east side of Camino Pablo will be closed from approximately 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. Traffic will be allowed on the west side of Camino Pablo with the on/off ramps on that side of the street open.