2021 Parade

“Our National Treasures”


June 2021

Calling all parade participants, sponsors and supporters! Planning is currently underway for the 21st Annual Fourth of July Parade! 

This year’s theme is “Our National Treasures.”

Please join us in making this a special event for our community, as we began to recover from the pandemic by clicking below:

Participant Sign-Up Form

Volunteer Sign-Up Form

Sponsorship Opportunities

 

LAX Coastal Fourth of July Parade – Our National Treasures

 


April 2021

Dear Westchester/Playa Community,

On behalf of the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, we’re excited to announce that we’re anticipating being able to hold our 21st Annual Fourth of July Parade. We are working very closely with our City and County officials for guidance and will only proceed with the event with approvals and support from our local governmental agencies. Based on the state’s goal of being reopen by June 15th, declining COVID cases and the news that nearly 50% of Californians have received at least one dose of the vaccine, we hope to bring you this important and beloved community tradition this summer.

While planning and logistics are still underway, this scaled-back parade will focus on local entries and longtime parade favorites, as well as serve as an opportunity to recognize our healthcare first responders and nonprofits who have done so much good this past year. Following health and safety protocols, we’ll be working with our community partners to ensure best practices that promote social distancing and facemasks for our spectators.

We will share updates here  as we continue to plan and pivot as needed.

Over the last twenty years, the LAX Coastal Fourth of July Parade has become an important fabric of the neighborhood, and something that unites us all for a day of celebrating and community building. We look forward to safely coming together and hope you’ll join us in making this a special Fourth of July.  

For questions, info about participating or sponsorship opportunities, please email us at laxcoastalonparade@gmail.com.

2021 Parade

“Our National Treasures”


June 2021

Calling all parade participants, sponsors and supporters! Planning is currently underway for the 21st Annual Fourth of July Parade! 

This year’s theme is “Our National Treasures.”

Please join us in making this a special event for our community, as we began to recover from the pandemic by clicking below:

Participant Sign-Up Form

Volunteer Sign-Up Form

Sponsorship Opportunities

 

LAX Coastal Fourth of July Parade – Our National Treasures

 


April 2021

Dear Westchester/Playa Community,

On behalf of the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, we’re excited to announce that we’re anticipating being able to hold our 21st Annual Fourth of July Parade. We are working very closely with our City and County officials for guidance and will only proceed with the event with approvals and support from our local governmental agencies. Based on the state’s goal of being reopen by June 15th, declining COVID cases and the news that nearly 50% of Californians have received at least one dose of the vaccine, we hope to bring you this important and beloved community tradition this summer.

While planning and logistics are still underway, this scaled-back parade will focus on local entries and longtime parade favorites, as well as serve as an opportunity to recognize our healthcare first responders and nonprofits who have done so much good this past year. Following health and safety protocols, we’ll be working with our community partners to ensure best practices that promote social distancing and facemasks for our spectators.

We will share updates here  as we continue to plan and pivot as needed.

Over the last twenty years, the LAX Coastal Fourth of July Parade has become an important fabric of the neighborhood, and something that unites us all for a day of celebrating and community building. We look forward to safely coming together and hope you’ll join us in making this a special Fourth of July.  

For questions, info about participating or sponsorship opportunities, please email us at laxcoastalonparade@gmail.com.

Donate

On Saturday, July 4 the community will come together in a sea of red, white, and blue for our 21st Annual Fourth of July Parade! After having to cancel last year’s event, we are looking forward to safely celebrating with everyone this year!

This community tradition is brought to you through the dedication and hard work of your local LAX Coastal Chamber, the Parade Committee, and our volunteers, but our efforts alone are not enough. Through your generosity, this parade can thrive for years to come, continuing to provide an opportunity for neighbors to join together in celebration of both community and country.

Yes, we are asking you to help the parade. We are only as strong as the community we live in, so please help us keep this Westchester/Playa the spirit of the parade alive.

Your contribution at any level is appreciated and allows us to continue to provide this hometown Independence Day parade. To donate, simply call the Chamber at 310.645.5151.

Any dollar amount helps, please help contact the Chamber at 310.645.5151.

Parade History

It was the year 2000 and excitement was at an all-time high. The community was embracing a new century, full of bright futures and endless possibilities, and residents were coming together in celebration. The eyes of every man, woman, and child were bright as they relished the small-town feel of this big city in a new age, and local leaders were looking for an iconic event to help bring everyone together.

That is where history begins for the LAX Coastal Fourth of July Parade.

Westchester had already begun to celebrate the millennium, thanks to a series of events dubbed “The Gathering” and hosted by the Westchester/Playa del Rey Historical Society, but something larger was needed to commemorate such a momentous occasion. Historical Society President and longtime Westchester resident, Mary Lou Crockett, spearheaded the idea of a community parade. Needing a community partner to help bring this idea to life, the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce (formerly known as the Westchester/LAX Chamber of Commerce) jumped on board to help.

Then Chamber President, Gwen Vuchsas, worked with the inaugural parade committee to rally participants, volunteers, and sponsors that first year to celebrate America’s birthday under the theme, “A Community with a Kindred Spirit.” The committee worked tirelessly to produce an event worthy of this amazing community; they ensured streets were closed, signage was placed, announcer booths were set up, golf carts were rented, posters were printed, and more. On the morning of July 4th, each committee member was nervous, wondering if anyone would show up to what they believed to be Westchester’s first—and only—community parade. When thousands appeared, it was clear this was more than just a celebration of the year 2000; it was the start of a brand new Westchester tradition. This would be first of many LAX Coastal Fourth of July Parades!

Over the years, the parade has seen many faces. From themes recognizing “Hometown Heroes” (2005), “America’s Moments in History” (2007), or “LMU at 100” (2011), to including more than 50 parade entries, attracting more than 8,000 spectators, and printing a robust parade program (courtesy of the HomeTown News), this parade has truly grown since its inauguration. The parade committee, still spearheaded by Gwen Vuchsas and the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, is honored each year to watch the LAX Coastal community come together in a sea of red, white, and blue. It is said that true hometown events are rare in large cities, but through the dedication of local residents and businesses we can truly say that the LAX Coastal Fourth of July Parade is our area’s version of a Norman Rockwell painting: proudly patriotic with community camaraderie, and a splash of happy smiles.

The LAX Coastal Fourth of July Parade is a tradition—our tradition—and we will continue to celebrate it, even if it is not in the traditional way we have always done it.

Happy Birthday, America!

From yours truly, Westchester.