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bike parade


LET'S TEACH our kids about patriotism and creativity. It's that simple! With this patriotic bike parade we hope to do just that. I hope you'll make plans to attend. We've been doing it since 2004!

Warm regards,

Justin Rudd!
Exec. Director
Community Action Team (CAT)

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CHECKS to CAT, Attn. Justin Rudd, 3040 E. First Street, Long Beach, CA 90803.

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C.A.T. IS AN UMBRELLA organization that includes:

• 30-Minute Beach Cleanup
• Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
• Bulldog Beauty Contest
• Camp Justin!
• Great American 4th of July Kids Bike Parade
• Halloween Kids' Costume Contest
• Haute Dog Contests
• Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade
• Haute Dog Poetry Contest
• Interfaith Blessing of the Animals
• Joy to the World! Christmas concert
• Long Beach Bake-Off
• Long Beach Christmas Cookie Contest
• Long Beach Father/Daughter Dance
• Long Beach Giving Project
• Long Beach Heroes awards
• Long Beach Losers
• Long Beach Mom Prom
• Long Beach Polar Splash!
• Long Beach Touch-A-Truck
• Long Beach Turkey Trot 5K/10K
• Miss Long Beach Pageant
• National Adult Spelling Bee
• National Kids Spelling Bee
• Operation Easter Basket
• Operation Santa Paws
• Red High Heels Walk
• Roses Are Red… poetry contest
• Say Cheese Long Beach! photo contest
• Sock-It-To-‘Em
• Southern California Beard & Mustache Championship
• Southern California National Anthem Sing-Off
• Southern California Tattoo Championship

• Full event list and calendar HERE.



Kids and adults welcome in the parade! Register now:

HUGE Bike Parade set for July 4, 2021

• 9:40 a.m., Kids patriotic speech contest (90-seconds max., per speech), free
• 9:50 a.m., Kids patriotic costume contest, free
• 10 a.m., Bike parade, all ages, free

• Cash prizes awarded at the end of the boat launch ramp following the parade (about 10:30)

All events take place at 1 Granada Ave., 90803.

Port of Long Beach

SPONSORS: Councilwoman Suzie Price and Port of Long Beach.

MORE THAN 400 kids expected in Justin Rudd's "Great American 4th of July Kids Bike Parade"

Great American 4th of July Kids Bike Parade
Sponsored by Justin Rudd's Community Action Team (CAT).

Beachfront parking at 1 Granada Ave. during the parade. And, free street parking.

Bike Parade entrants

When you arrive on July 4 (pay for your meter at the kiosk):
1. put your bike in the parade lineup first (in the parking lot)
2. get your entry number from a volunteer when you sign-in (volunteers will meet/greet you in the lineup for this)
3. parade begins at 10 a.m. sharp
4. After the parade, stay for the awards ceremony at the end of the concrete boat launch ramp (contests listed below).

WE'LL WELCOME the winner of CAT's 2021 National Anthem Singing Contest. They will sing at 10 a.m. (just before the parade's start).

ADDED CONTESTS The contests below are free for all kids age 12 and younger and will take place before the parade. There are no age categories.
• patriotic speech contest, 9:40 a.m.
• patriotic costume contest, 9:50 a.m.

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Enter the beachfront parking lot at the end of Granada Ave. for parking. MAP

  4th of July Kids Bike Parade
July 4
10 a.m.

Free kids bike parade entry. Adults, teens & kids encouraged to ride.
PARADE Magazine bike parade Long Beach As seen in PARADE and on the TODAY Show on NBC.

Meet at the boat launch ramp: 1 S. Granada Ave. (@ Ocean Blvd.), Belmont Shore, Long Beach, 90803.

click, enter at 1 Granada only.

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Free to spectate. The out-and-back, two-mile parade route travels east along the bike path and continues down Bay Shore Avenue to Second Street. Bring a chair and a cheering section for these youngsters.

bike paradaeRULES
Kids are required, by law, to wear helmets and be escorted by a parent or guardian during the parade. By law, motor driven cycles are not allowed on the beach bike path.
By law, no dogs on the bike path.


Bring your 60-90 second patriotic speeches at 9:30 a.m. to read to our judges before the parade (ask for judges area when you arrive). $10 prizes
. Judges will take in to consideration the age of the child.

bike parade costume contestPATRIOTIC COSTUME CONTEST
At 9:50 a.m., kids can dress up in lots of red/white/blue, or dress like Betsy Ross, the Statue of Liberty, Lincoln, Washington, Uncle Sam, Obama or some other patriotic character, and you might win! Five finalists will each receive $10 in the awards ceremony after the parade.

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VIDEO: What Matt Lauer said about our parade on the TODAY Show; and KTLA-TV Morning News live w/ Gayle Anderson.

The Great American 4th of July Kids Bike Parade in Long Beach

first place ribbonFANCY FOURTH OF JULY harbor cruises, spectacular theme park fireworks shows and lavish community parades have nothing on this simple annual event in Long Beach. The city's Fourth of July Kids Bike Parade & Contest has got to make everyone smile and cheer with its old-fashioned appeal as hundreds of local kids decorate their two-wheelers and ride the sunny beach boardwalk. Red, white and blue streamers, crepe paper, balloons and American flags are on display and cash and prizes will be awarded to the top ten young future designers for originality, creativity, spectator appeal, and display of red, white and blue. Parade starts at 10 a.m. on the beach bike path at the end of Granada Ave. in Belmont Shore. --Sheryll Alexander, AOL/Digital City

If you're not close enough to ride to the parade start, enter the parking lot at 1 Granada Ave. to drop off bikes and park for free along Ocean Blvd. Also, Second Street has tons of family-oriented restaurants and is only three blocks from the parade start/finish line.

The Community Action Team (CAT) will award prizes to the top young bicyclists based on the following criteria: display of red, white & blue; originality; creativity; and spectator appeal.
The top ten decorated entries chosen by the judges will recieve a $10 bill.

Justin Rudd and his 501c3 nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT).