By Cacinda Maloney
The fourth of July celebration on Coronado Island, California is one not to be missed. It is known to the locals as “Nado.” This year will be the 65th annual celebration of the annual parade down Orange Avenue. It is one of the livelier and fun July 4th celebrations I have been to, as the people and their rides, are all dressed up for the event.
They wear everything from American flag imprinted hats, sunglasses, shirts, shorts to actual flags on their bodies.
Mother’s stroll their children, stuffed animals and pets in wagons and strollers, all decked out in anything red, white and blue.
Then, there are the car enthusiasts that bring back the nostalgia from the 1950’s in their sleek, heavy metal cars with the tops down.
Coronado Island’s celebration has everything from a 5k walk/run to a 15k run, as well as art in the park and a rough water swim starting at central beach right off from the infamous Hotel Del at 7:30 am. This year the parade starts at 10 am with “American the Beautiful” for its theme.
After it is all over, the people go home or to the beach for some relaxation or fun in the sun. Then around 4 pm, in Spreckle’s Park (you can’t miss it, as it is the only park down Orange, the main street into and out of Coronado) they have a giant picnic in the park with a concert. This is a lot of fun, so be sure and save your energy and bring your blankets, chairs, games and food and spend some time with family and friends. At 9pm, finally the fireworks begin over Glorietta Bay and they will not disappoint, it will be spectacular over the bay with the moon shining bright.
If you get a chance, go to Coronado Island for July 4th, it is a lot of fun. Although, probably the busiest day of the year, you will want to come back when it is not so busy, You can take the ferry ride over from San Diego, if you don’t want to be bothered with the car, as the traffic across the bridge can get backed up and there is not that much parking on the island itself. Nado is a good day on a sunny little California island!