DANVILLE -- Once again the sights and sounds of the Fourth of July filled the streets of Danville, with its massive parade making it one of the most festive of Independence Day destinations.

Tens of thousands of fans crowded the sidewalks, standing, in chairs, sitting on the concrete and, for some lucky tykes, atop their parents' shoulders with everyone leaning forward, trying to be the first to see the next festive entry to head down the street.

There were horse units, antique cars, clowns, marching bands, comedy teams and lots and lots of boys and girls representing their clubs and organizations.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

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Vintage military vehicles roll down Hartz Avenue during the annual Danville Fourth of July parade in Danville, Calif., on Friday, July 4, 2014. The parade,
Vintage military vehicles roll down Hartz Avenue during the annual Danville Fourth of July parade in Danville, Calif., on Friday, July 4, 2014. The parade, which draws 30,000 to 40,000 people, is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of the San Ramon Valley. This year's parade theme was "Celebrating Our American Freedoms." Since 1975 the Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley has been raising funds through parade sponsorships, entry fees and community service projects. To date, over $1,000,000 has been raised and donated to local community service organizations in the San Ramon Valley. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)


Boy Scout Dillon Vidal, 11, of San Ramon, sprays water from a truck bed during the annual Danville Fourth of July parade in Danville, Calif., on Friday,
Boy Scout Dillon Vidal, 11, of San Ramon, sprays water from a truck bed during the annual Danville Fourth of July parade in Danville, Calif., on Friday, July 4, 2014. The parade, which draws 30,000 to 40,000 people, is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of the San Ramon Valley. This year's parade theme was "Celebrating Our American Freedoms." Since 1975 the Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley has been raising funds through parade sponsorships, entry fees and community service projects. To date, over $1,000,000 has been raised and donated to local community service organizations in the San Ramon Valley. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)