The Fourth of July Parade is back!

The LAX Coastal Chamber will host its 21st Annual Fourth of July Parade on Sunday, July 4th starting at 11:30 a.m.

This year’s theme is “Our National Treasures” and is a tribute to all the wonderful things that make up our community and country, as we begin to recover from the pandemic.

The parade committee was planning on holding a virtual event similar to last year’s Spirit Week festivities, before the state announced its June 15th reopening date. After getting that news, the committee quickly pivoted to planning the parade–condensing six months of planning to a month and a half.

“I am so excited to be reunited with the people of Westchester/Playa!” said LAX Coastal Chamber President/CEO Christina Davis. “While we didn’t have a lot of time to plan the event, and it was a bit more challenging to get our usual entries, we felt that the most important thing was coming back to together to celebrate our nation’s birthday.”

This year’s parade is scaled-down and will feature 31 entries versus the parade’s normal 50. Expect parade favorites like the Great Pyrenees, the 501st Legion and their Star Wars tribute and the calliope car, as well as floats from St. Anastasia School and Emerson Avenue Community Garden.

Serving as Grand Marshal are healthcare heroes from Cedars-Sinai, Providence St. Johns and Kaiser Permenente.

Pick up a July copy of the HomeTown News along the parade route for more information on this year’s event, the parade’s line of march, details on the Parade Photo Contest, a Westchester/Playa Trivia Challenge to play while you’re waiting for the parade to start and messages from parade sponsors.

Parade Details:

Date: Sunday, July 4th

Time: The parade starts at 11:30 a.m. and is expected to be about an hour long.

Location: Loyola Blvd. in Westchester from Manchester Ave. to Loyola Marymount University.

Seating: First come, first served along Loyola Blvd. There will be no bleacher seating at Center Stage (at 83rd and Loyola) this year. If you require chair seating, please plan accordingly.

First Aid: An EMT will be stationed at 83rd Street and Loyola Blvd. for any emergencies. First aid kits will also be available at the announcer booths and on golf courts.

Bathrooms: ADA accessible port-a-potties will be available at 85th/Loyola; 83rd/Loyola; and 80th/Loyola.

Water: If you need water, it’s available for free at announcer booths, as well as distributed by the Stephanie Younger Group along the route.

Need help along the route? Find a volunteer wearing a burgundy official parade shirt.

Other things to note:

• Seating inside the gates at LMU will not be permitted. Parking on campus is also not available.

• It is recommended you arrive early to reserve your spot along the route.

• County guidelines for this event include: 1. Stay home if you are sick with a cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever or chills or if you are currently under quarantine or isolation. 2. Masks are recommended if you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and distancing is difficult. 3. Be considerate and keep you distance (about 2 arm lengths) from others. 4. Clean your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer after contact with frequently touched surfaces.

Questions? Email laxcoastalonparade@gmail.com.

Posted July 2021.