America's Best July 4th Parades

By Lauren Viera - 2013-07-04T09:11:58Z

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Alameda, California

This East Bay city has won some accolades over the years for its hometown-style celebration of the 4th of July. With more than 170 floats and 2,500 participants parading approximately three miles, it’s the longest parade route in the country, drawing more than 20,000 onlookers eager for glimpses of everything from rifle squads to a horse ballet.

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