Thousands turn out to celebrate America’s 240th Independence Day and Antioch’s 144th birthday, Monday

The Veterans Color Guard leads off the parade.

The Veterans Color Guard leads off the parade down West Second Street.

By Allen Payton

Thousands of Antioch and East County residents watched the annual July 4th Parade on West Second Street in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown Monday morning, to begin the city’s celebration of America’s 240th Independence Day and the 144th birthday of the naming of Antioch in 1872. Thousands more enjoyed the car show, music and fireworks show at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds later in the day and evening.

Following are the winners of the parade competition:

Scouts

1st Place – Boy Scout Troop 450

2nd Place – Boy Scout Troop 153

Civic

1st Place – Antioch Rivertown Jamboree

2nd Place – Antioch Historical Society

Patriotic

1st Place – Marine Corps League 1155

2nd Place – Veterans Color Guard

Commercial

1st Place – Paradise Skate

2nd Place – Oddly Unique

Entertainment

1st Place – Los Centurians

2nd Place – Undead Betty’s

Clubs

1st Place – Celebrate Antioch Foundation

2nd Place – Ashphalt Outlaws

Youth

1s Place – Antioch High Spirit Squad

2nd Place – Deer Valley High Cheerleaders

Dance

1st Place – Keep In Time Dance Academy

2nd Place – Melody’s Dance Studio

VeteransNavy veterans

Tim Forrester opens in prayer and sings the National Anthem.

Tim Forrester opened in prayer and then sang the National Anthem.

Celebrate Antioch Foundation President Wayne Harrison, aka Uncle Sam.

Celebrate Antioch Foundation President Wayne Harrison, aka Uncle Sam.

Celebrate Antioch Foundation, the organizers of the day's events.

Celebrate Antioch Foundation, the organizers of the day’s events.

Boy Scouts Troop 450

Boy Scouts Troop 450

American Heritage Girls

American Heritage Girls

Oddly Unique

Oddly Unique

 

Antioch Lapidary Club

Antioch Lapidary Clu

Deer Valley Cheerleaders 1

Deer Valley Cheerleaders

Deer Valley Cheerleaders

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Melody's Dance Studio girls perform before the judges' stand.

Melody’s Dance Studio girls perform before the judges’ stand.

Candidate for Antioch School Board Joy Motts

Candidate for Antioch School Board Joy Motts

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