Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood Association

4th of July Parade

The Watts Hospital-Hillandale Fourth of July parade began in 1950 with six children riding their bicycles down the block. It’s now a neighborhood extravaganza with hundreds of people in attendance.

If you haven’t seen our parade, it’s a sight to behold. We often have escorts of police motorcycles, bicycles or cars, and a fire truck. The procession of decorated bicycles, tricycles, wagons, strollers, and people on foot follows the time-honored route from the corner of Oakland Avenue and Club Boulevard, down Club to Alabama, right on Alabama, right on Woodrow, and into Oval Park.

Under strings of flags in Oval Park, a neighborhood gathering follows, flavored by patriotic songs, friendly visits, and lemonade.

We hope you’ll join us for the next one.

Check out these photos of the 4th courtesy of Don Moffitt.

Watts-Hillandale Neighborhood July 4th Parade from Mig Little Hayes on Vimeo.

This movie, recorded over several years, is in celebration of my favorite neighborhood event, the Watts Hillandale July 4th Parade. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to its success, year after year!

Thanks to Carol Thomson for the video above!

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