Celebrate Our Nation’s Birthday
The stars and stripes will move down Main Street during this year’s Julian Fourth of July parade. “Independence Day the Julian Way” is this years theme for the annual patriotic celebration.
Pre-parade events start at approximately 10:00 a.m. The parade begins at 12 noon and ends around 2:00 p.m.
For more than 20 years, Julian residents, their friends and parade lovers from all over have lined up on the town’s main thoroughfare to watch the down-home parade. Plan to wave flags, cheer the marching bands, and salute the U.S. Marine color guard.
There is always a gang of local bad guys who try to rob the bank, but the sheriff rounds them up before the gunmen can get away with anything.
Riding along the parade route will be Jim Baker, the Grand Marshal for 2016. Jim, a long time resident, is known as the go-to-guy when anybody needs help in Julian. A retired firefighter, Jim has served Julian, Lindbergh Field, and the City of Del Mar. He will be riding along with his lovely wife Janet and wonderful family.
This year you can swing to the tunes of four bands, see the Mountain Tribal Gypsies dance down Main Street, honor WWII Submarine veterans, and salute the newly crowned Miss Julian and her entourage, and follow vintage aircraft flyovers. There are bands, bunting, banners, flags, and patriotic songs.
Bring your own comfortable chair and sit on the sidewalk along the parade route. Plan to arrive early so you can find your ideal viewing spot. While there are many places along the route to enjoy the parade, many of the best spots fill up by 10 a.m. or before.
Take a few moments to visit Julian Woman’s Club Historic Quilt Show being held at the Julian Town Hall.
Stick around for the barbecue, music, and dancing at the American Legion, just up the hill from the town hall on Washington Street.