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CARD Announces Inaugural 4th of July Parade Celebrating "America and The Freedom to Play"

June 11, 2024

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Chico Area Recreation & Park District (CARD) is excited to announce its inaugural 4th of July Parade, themed "America and The Freedom to Play." The parade, scheduled for Thursday, July 4th, from 9 AM to 11 AM, will take place in Downtown Chico. This event invites the community to celebrate our commitment to outdoor spaces and recreation.

"We are excited to host our first 4th of July Parade, celebrating the essence of American freedom and the joy of playing outdoors," said Annabel Grimm, General Manager at CARD. "This parade will highlight the importance of our local parks, recreational activities, green spaces, and community spirit."

To further mark this momentous occasion, CARD is thrilled and honored to announce that Arya Pocock, recently named Pacific Region 'Youth of the Year' by the Boys & Girls Club of America, will be the Grand Marshal of our 4th of July Parade. Arya is a remarkable high school student who exemplifies the transformative impact that the Boys and Girls Clubs make nationwide. This incredible youth leader, forging an extraordinary path to make a difference not just in our community, but in the world, is the perfect choice to lead the inaugural parade.

The parade is open to entries that are patriotic, family-friendly, and showcase the values of our community, including the importance of local parks, recreational spirit, greenery, nature, community gardening, environmental stewardship, and local heroes.

CARD is also calling for volunteers to help make this event a success. Volunteers will receive a free event t-shirt, entry to grand prize giveaways, and exclusive CARD swag. "Join us in making history and be part of this special day," added Erin Horst, Public Outreach Specialist at CARD. "Your support will help create an unforgettable experience for everyone involved."

Applications to participate in the parade are due by June 14th. Interested parties can sign up at and Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a memorable celebration of community and freedom!

For more information and updates about the 4th of July Parade, please visit our official website at Stay connected with CARD on social media by following us on Facebook and Instagram @chicorec.

CARD extends its gratitude to our partners and sponsors Lamar Advertising for their support in making this event possible. Become a CARD event sponsor at Join us for a day filled with joy, community, and the celebration of America on Thursday, July 4th. We look forward to seeing you and your family at the parade!



About Chico Area Recreation & Park District

Founded in 1948, the Chico Area Recreation & Park District (CARD) is a California Special District focused on creating recreational opportunities that bring friends and families together to have fun and build lasting memories. CARD manages and cares for more than 15 community and neighborhood parks, four community centers, one swimming pool, the Chico Creek Nature Center, and more. The PLAY Activity Guide highlights the numerous sports, classes, camps, special events, and more CARD offers. Learn more about CARD at