Preparations Begin for Palisades Fourth of July

Matt and Rene Rodman at the Fourth of July parade. Rodman is president of PAPA, the group of volunteers that organize the parade.
Photo: Craig Weston



More than thirty volunteers met at the Ronald Reagan Palisades American Legion to discuss efforts for this summer’s Fourth of July parade on March 29.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of “the happiest day in the Palisades,” as Fourth of July is often called. The day is organized by volunteers under the banner of Palisades Americanism Parade Association (PAPA).

Community members are invited to volunteer, whether they’re new to the Palisades or long-time residents.

“We want everyone to know there are great volunteering opportunities,” said PAPA President Matthew Rodman. “It’s a great way to meet neighbors. We have a number of opportunities to help with the parade, including at the Via de la Paz staging area and grandstands.

“In the evening, we can use help getting folks into the fireworks and music event at Pali High,” Rodman said. “Lots of fun at night too with the music. Special talents aren’t required.”

The Home Decorating contest will return, sponsored again by Susan Montgomery of Sotheby’s. Residents are invited to show their patriotism in red, white and blue from their front door to their rooftop. More information on the Home Decorating contest can be found next month at

Want to show support for your local parade?

Businesses and families can advertise in the official PALISADES 4th program. “There’s only one official program, and our nonprofit organization PAPA publishes it,” Rodman said. “One hundred percents of the profit will go back to parade and fireworks costs. No other publication donates to make July 4th happen in The Palisades.”

Those interested in advertising should contact Jeff Ridgway at

Interested community members, who want to help with the Fourth festivities, should plan to attend the next PAPA meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, at the American Legion Hall at 15247 La Cruz.

The Marschall Family residence placed first in the 2022 annual home decorating contest.

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