By Chris Frost
Oxnard—The Fourth of July Parade at Channel Islands Harbor was a pride-filled family event that got everyone into the act displaying their best red white and blue attire.
The kids got into the act; as a parade of bicycles, scooters, and big smiles made their way down the street.
The event is an annual tradition for Channel Islands Harbor, and Public Information Officer Jed Chernabaeff said the community parade had been a tradition for more than two decades.
"A lot of people show up for this event to kick off their Fourth of July," he said. "The best part of doing this is having the community come out and enjoy the marine environment at Channel Islands Harbor."
The harbor department works around the clock on July 4, he said, as thousands of people come out to the park.
"There are a variety of activities in the morning, we have the 5K fun run and walk," he said. "We're getting ready for the parade, and there are plenty of festivities going on in the harbor all day long."
The day concluded with the fireworks show at 9 p.m., with the Oxnard Police Department helping with traffic control for the vast crowd.
"We know it's going to be busy after the show, so we ask that people be patient and enjoy the show at the harbor," he said.
Shawn Hollister, along with Jaclyn, Ace, Rebel, and Hudson said the family lives in the area, so they decided to take an hour and walk down to the parade.
"We put it all together last night, and we are going to do it," Jaclyn said. "We brought our wagon, and we're walking."
She is grateful for living close by and commends all the people who came out and set up camp for the day in the park.
"It's going to be a long day, but it's going to be fun because we are patriotic," she said.
Shawn has been in the military for 27 years, and he sent a text to his son, who serves, to thank him for his service.
"Today is a reflection of how we got here, and it's a great honor to be part of that," he said.
Commander Randy Diaz represents the 187 Airborne Color Guard said it's essential that kids know about the Fourth of July and the veterans.
"If it weren't for the veterans, we'd be pledging allegiance to somebody else," he said. "We do a lot of parades and funerals, and we are experienced."
Shayna and Daniel Base said her kids, Lincoln, Cadence and Mikayla were ready for the parade.
"They dressed themselves," Shayna said. "I bought the hats, and we decorated on July 2. Our kids are always over the top when it comes to spirit things at school and everywhere else."
Carlyn and six-year-old Carly McElhose were full of patriotic spirit.
"We've been coming to this parade since she was a baby," Carlyn said. "Channel Islands Harbor is the best. We're going to walk, we get dressed up, and we get festive for this occasion."
Paizley and Valerie Garbe were ready to join Carlyn and Caly.
"I am not afraid to be a patriot," Valerie said. "I love this country, and I love the people in this country."
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