WHY ISN'T THE PARADE ON THE 4TH OF JULY?
We're glad you asked!
The time around the Independence Day Holiday is very busy for the City of Oceanside and especially the Oceanside Police Department. Because the Oceanside Independence Parade requires the assistance of many City departments from Public Works to the Police Department, it has been determined that the best day for our big parade is on the Saturday before the 4th of July. This has the added benefit of allowing certain parade participants like the 1st Marine Division Band to participate every year. Furthermore, we have found through experience that many of our participants and volunteers prefer this date so that they may share the actual 4th of July holiday with their family and friends.
We know this is confusing and disappointing to some, but we hope you will join us on the Saturday prior to the 4th of July each year for the best Independence Parade in North County!