Julian's Joyful Fourth of July

The historic burg hosts is annual parade (with all the festive trimmings).

PARADE-STYLE WAVING: If you want to dig into facts, here's one fact that is fairly indisputable: You can wave at strangers all year long, if you so choose. But summertime is the prime time for raising your hand in friendly greeting, for that is the time of year we visit theme parks in greater numbers (it's fun to wave at people while riding a carousel) and throw some community-style parades. The Fourth of July is a major one, and the notion of grabbing some curb, and waving at people riding the fire engines and floats in a small-town-y spectacular has the ability to charm even the most committed non-wavers among us. There's something sweet about making a connection through a wave, and old-fashioned, too, and few Fourth of July events are as old-fashioned, at least 'round California, as the annual Julian Fourth of July parade. The step-off time is...

HIGH NOON, but the Old West history starts early, at 10 o'clock. Look for revelers in ye olde costumes to re-enact some of Julian's rootin', tootin' past, listen for a bagpipe presentation, and then look up as "vintage aircraft" fly overhead. Beyond the parade and pre-parade entertainment keep an eye out for a quilt show, drawings and prizes, barbecue for sale, and other holiday-esque touches. Few occasions on the calendar stir up our longing for nostalgia like Independence Day, and few days of the year inspire us to wave at people riding in parades. Best practice your wrist motion, and your smile, because few summer happenings encourage waving like the stars-and-stripes-laden Julian Fourth of July Parade.

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