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Atwater set for big hometown celebration

This Monday, there will be a special hometown celebration in Atwater — the likes of which we have never seen before. More than 10,000 people are expected to join one of the longest running July 4th celebrations in the Central Valley.

Kick off time for the parade is 9AM and the Run for Independence starts at 7:30AM.

Atwater will not only be celebrating Independence Day, but also the city’s 100th Anniversary.

The Star-Spangled Banners will be out in all their glory and it looks like the people are ready to shed their fears of Covid and return to a normal way of life.

Everything will be the same as people have seen in the past — only bigger and better.

The parade down Broadway and up 3rd Street to Ralston Park will have bands and floats, antique cars as well as horses and riders.

A whole list of food booths have already signed up and vendors with everything under the sun will fill Ralston Park.

Officials will be seated with the parade announcer and this year’s Grand Marshal, Sandra Schiber, will take her bow at the front of the parade. Atwater Rotary with its famous Ribs and Beer will be right at the corner of 3rd and Grove. On the other end of the Ralston Park, there will be the entertainment stage and guest speakers.

Just as the action begins to end at the park, the people will move from Ralston Park to Castle where a spectacular display of fireworks awaits.

Atwater is known for its old-time style July 4th celebrations and this year will be only better with the celebration of its 100th birthday.

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