Fourth of July parade promises to be the best ever in Hacienda Heights


The I Love America Parade in Hacienda Heights promises to be best yet, according to Kiwanis member Dave Wallach, one of the coordinators for the popular event.

“We have more than 100 entries, including celebrity cars like Knight Rider, Herbie the Love Bug and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle van,” Wallach said. A Volkswagen club will bring 20 Beetles, while the Hacienda Cruisers are driving their classic cars.

The grand marshal is Superintendent Barbara Nakaoka, who is retiring after 43 years with the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. She will join other local celebrities such as Twinkle Time.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. Thursday at Colima Road, marching north along Stimson Avenue to Steinmetz Park. A Fourth of July festival will follow in the popular park.

Many local organizations will set up game and food booths in the park. There will also be entertainment.