Summer’s here. Can Santa Monica’s sixth Annual Fourth of July Parade on Main Street, presented by the Ocean Park Association, be far behind?

This year parade’s theme is science and technology, so put on your propeller hats and activate your anti-matter pods as organizers hope to see a spirited display of the imaginative, inventive spirit of our nation’s founders — Benjamin Franklin was an inventor, after all.

Applications to participate in the 4th of July are available on the OPA Parade page:

Unlike the Fourth of July fireworks, which will be shot off on June 30th (see story below), the Fourth of July parade will actually take place on the Fourth of July.

The parade will start at 9:30 am on Wednesday, July 4th in front of City Hall and proceed down Main Street to the Venice border. OPA urges everyone to join in as a marcher or spectator for this festive celebration of our nation’s independence.

Volunteers are vital to the success of the parade. Anyone who can lend a hand should send an email to General parade inquiries should be directed to

Sponsors underwriting the costs of staging the parade thus far include RAND, Brian Maser of Abbot Kinney Real Estate, Santa Monica Place, Friends of Sunset Park, Westside Rentals, the Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau, Pacific Park, the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Santa Monica Place, Wells Fargo, the Sea Shore Motel, the Coalition of Santa Monica Municipal Employees, Downtown Santa Monica Inc., Union Bank, The Gas Company, County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and the City Of Santa Monica. The Santa Monica Daily Press, Santa Monica Mirror, Urth Café and Neighbor Electric Vehicle Club are providing in kind sponsorships. The parade still needs help with expenses: please contact if interested in sponsoring in return for inclusion on all parade promotional materials.

This year, OPA will have a special sponsor partnership with The Buy Local Santa Monica Committee.

“The Buy Local Santa Monica Committee is proud to be a sponsor of the 2012 Fourth of July Parade. This is a great opportunity to further link together our local businesses with our residents in celebration of the community. Thanks to OPA for this great opportunity,” said Jennifer Taylor, chair of Buy Local and Acting Economic Development Manager of the City of Santa Monica.

Buy Local Santa Monica was created by representatives of the Santa Monica business community and the City of Santa Monica to support local businesses and raise awareness of the community, economic and environmental benefits of choosing local first.

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