Yes, There Will Be a Fourth of July Parade

Skydivers generally kick off the Palisades Fourth of July Parade.


I am 8 years old.
Some of my friends say there will be no Fourth of July Palisades Parade or fireworks this year.

My daddy says, “If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.”

Please tell me the truth: Will there be a parade, will there be fireworks? Because it was cancelled last year and the race is cancelled this year, some of my friends said it’s not going to happen.

Will it?


DESTINY, your friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of Covid and the lockdowns everywhere.

Yes, DESTINY, a parade is being planned right now, even as you read this message. Fireworks are being planned and there is hope that they will light up the sky—to give life its highest beauty and joy.

Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no fireworks on the Fourth of July, if there were no parade in Pacific Palisades. It would be as dreary as if there were no DESTINYS in the world.

Not believe in parades and fireworks! You might as well not believe in fairies! The Fourth of July will happen in Pacific Palisades and the plans are for a parade and for fireworks—”Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, DESTINY, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Fourth of July! Listen to what PAPA President Matt Rodman says:
“Although the Palisades Will Rogers Run has determined that it is unable to hold its annual event this year, rest assured that the Palisades Americanism Parade Association (PAPA) is full speed ahead planning the 73rd annual July 4th Parade and Fireworks.  We continue to work with all the local agencies to navigate a complicated process, and appreciate their support.”

Thank God! The Fourth lives, and we hope will live forever!


(Editor’s note: Special thanks to “Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus.” There will also be a special Fourth of July publication that will go to all homes in Pacific Palisades. The publication is sponsored by PAPA and all money collected from advertisements goes back to help sponsor the parade and fireworks. Annually more than $150,000 must be raised in order to support the effort. If you would like to advertise, contact Jeff Ridgway ( or if you would like to make a direct donation, visit:

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