Celebrate Oceanside’s Heritage at the Independence Parade

The streets of downtown Oceanside will once again come alive with the vibrant spirit of the community at the 28th Annual Oceanside Independence Parade.

Emphasizing the theme “Celebrating Our Heritage,” the parade will pay homage to Oceanside’s cultural richness and industrious roots, with over 100 community groups represented in the procession.

Oceanside Independence Day Parade

The parade will start at the intersection of North Coast Highway and Wisconsin Avenue and will travel north on Coast Highway to Civic Center Drive.

Led by the US Marine Corps and US Navy Band, the parade will feature diverse entries from every corner of Oceanside’s rich cultural spectrum.

This includes military, firefighters, elected officials, local car clubs, LGBTQ+ community groups, the energetic Oceanside Roller Skaters, and more, ensuring a true representation of Oceanside’s vibrant community.

Oceanside Independence Day Parade

Oceanside Independence Parade: “Celebrating Our Heritage”

The event is set to draw thousands of spectators along historic Highway 101, celebrating a tradition deeply rooted in the city’s history since 1892.

The parade will spotlight three Hometown Heroes, a revered annual tradition celebrating outstanding residents who have tirelessly contributed to community enhancement through volunteerism.

These local leaders embody the spirit of service and community pride, and their recognition is a highlight of the festivities.

Oceanside Hometown Heroes

“The Oceanside Independence Parade is a cornerstone event in our city,” said Gumaro Escarcega, CEO of Main Street Oceanside.

“Each year, we gather to honor a diverse array of contributors—from our military and local groups to our Hometown Heroes—who enrich Oceanside. You can feel the pride and community spirit in the air.”

In addition to celebrating its Heroes, the parade will feature a special ceremony to award the floats that most creatively embody the theme “Celebrating Our Heritage.” This theme aims to deepen the appreciation for the diverse cultural impacts that shape the community.

See you there!

Oceanside Independence Parade participant applications are now open! Participants can sign up to walk their party or drive their float down Coast Highway. Businesses, community organizations, nonprofits, car/motorcycle clubs, elected officials, and more are invited to apply to be a part of this year’s parade.

The event is supported by the City of Oceanside, the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Grant, and Genentech, among other sponsors.

To participate or volunteer in the parade, complete the parade or volunteer application here.

See you there, San Diego!

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    300 North Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
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