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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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4Operation Easter Basket
4Operation Santa Paws
45k/10k Long Beach Turkey Trot
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Clothing giveaways to the underserved
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To save some time at sign-in, you might want to bring a completed waiver to turn in. Or, you can sign-in each child at the event. WAIVER HERE

12th-annual: MORE THAN 500 kids expected in Justin Rudd's "Great American 4th of July Kids' Bike Parade" presented by Rudd's nonprofit 501c3 "Community Action Team (CAT)." The 2015 Parade will be Sat., July 4, 10 a.m., 1 Granada Ave. @ Ocean Blvd.

This 2015 event is co-sponsored by 3rd District Councilwoman Suzie Price.

Contestants: when you arrive on July 4,
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 patriotic costume contest and bike parade awards ceremony (listed below)

WE'LL WELCOME the winner of CAT's 2015 National Anthem Singing Contest. They will sing at 10 a.m. (just before the parade's start).

3rd District Councilman Gary DeLong; incoming 3rd District Councilwoman Suzie Price; Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell; Long Beach Fire Chief Mike DuRee

ADDED CONTESTS The contests below are free for all kids age 12 and younger and will take place after the parade. There are no age categories.

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

  4th of July Bike Parade
Sat., July 4, 2015
10 a.m.

Registration opens at 9:15 a.m.
Free entry. Cash prizes.
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.

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.

DOWNLOAD & Print a waiver
To save some time at sign-in, you might want to bring a completed waiver to turn in. Or, you can sign-in each child at the event.


Bring your 60-90 second patriotic speeches to read to our preliminary judges before the parade (ask for judges area when you arrive). Approx. 5 finalists will be selected to read their speeches publicly to all the spectators after the parade and be featured on a YouTube and Facebook video. $10 prizes sponsored by the
Exchange Club. Judges will take in to consideration the age of the child.

bike parade costume contestPATRIOTIC COSTUME CONTEST
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.

To pre-register, send your child's name and age to Justin@JustinRudd.com and then just sign the liability waiver when you arrive. You may also register near the parade's starting point beginning at 9:15 on July 4.

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2010 Winners

july 4 bike parade in long beachBike decorating winners
- Isabella & Tatyana Navarette
- Valeria Rojas
- Cole Nielsen
- Everett Clark
- Ellie O'Donnell
- Natasha Wyatt
- Tobiah Eats
- Riley Polmanteer
- Ava Tomassini
- Jenna Hawkes

Patriotic speech contest winners
- Nathan Browns
- Ashley Lloyd
- Valeria Rojas
- Elaina Davey
- Peter Beck

Patriotic costume contest winners
- Alex Witz
- Everett Clark
- Tobiah Eats

Watermelon seed spitting contest winners
- Mark Brasco & Jonathan Passafivme
- Jimmy & Elgin Vuong

bike paradae2010 Photo Galleries
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2008 Photo Galleries: 1 | 2

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 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 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. and park for free. And, there's free parking 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).