< UPDATED JULY 3, 2024


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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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
• 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 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
• Say Cheese Long Beach! photo contest
• Sock-It-To-‘Em sock drive
• Southern California National Anthem Sing-Off

• Full event list and calendar: HERE.



July 4 bike parade
Kids and adults welcome in the parade! In lieu of an entry fee, please bring some tuna, pasta noodles, breakfast cereal or peanut butter that will be donated to agencies serving homeless men and women in our community.
Bike Parade set for 10 AM, July 4, 2024

• 9:30 a.m., on-site registration/sign-in opens
• 10 a.m., Bike parade, all ages, free
• 10:30 a.m. Kids patriotic speeches and poems, microphone provided
• 10:35 a.m. Awards on the boat launch ramp, cash prizes!

Takes place at Granada Ave. (@ 5000 E. Ocean Blvd., 90803).

Port of Long Beach

SPONSORS: 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).

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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.

• Miss Teen Long Beach
• Miss Long Beach
• Ms. Long Beach
• Mrs. Long Beach
• Miss Teen Southern California
• Miss Southern California
• Ms. Southern California
• Mrs. Southern California

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.

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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), Port of Long Beach.