Children and Youth

4th of July in Hollister Kicks Off with Annual Children’s Parade

Young children and their parents lined up at the Veterans Memorial Park in Hollister on Monday morning to march in the annual Fourth of July Parade

Families with young children gathered at Veterans' Memorial Park on Independence Day morning to march in the annual kiddie parade that has become a Fourth of July tradition in Hollister.  

Toddlers, children, and costumed dogs were pulled in wagons or pedaled their own bicycles, decorated with streamers, flags and all manner of bling in red, white, and blue. Instead of lining the streets to watch, the families and other supporters also walked the short parade route to Marguerite Maze Middle School.  

The parade was led by organizer Gerry Wright, accompanied by other community volunteers dressed as Dolly Madison and Uncle Sam.  Youth from Summer Band Camp provided marching tunes along the way and at the end of the parade route. At Maze, participants gathered to listen to some patriotic words from Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez, before dispersing to enjoy drinks and snacks and continuing with their own family celebrations.


Karminder Aulakh Brown

Karminder Aulakh Brown is an agricultural conservation consultant and coordinates the San Benito Working Landscapes Group. She has worked for more than 20 years in the field of sustainable agriculture and horticulture in California and Nevada. She serves on BenitoLink's Board of Directors, and the board of San Benito Bounty, a chapter of Slow Food USA. An avid gardener, she has lived in Hollister with her husband and two sons for the past 13 years.