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Get ready for July Fourth in Kenwood

By Jay Gamel

It’s been a long two years of sheltering from the worldwide pandemic and keeping personal distance rules, but a window in time is permitting a full celebration of July Fourth once again, a return to one of the happiest moments in the year for Kenwood residents and friends.

And the restoration of events seems complete: there will be an early morning footrace courtesy of Empire Runners, a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11:30 a.m. and auction sponsored by The Kenwood Community Church, then the Kenwood Hometown Fourth of July Parade sponsored by the Kenwood Community Club, followed by the Rotary of Glen Ellen-Kenwood’s Shindig – a party for all with food, refreshments, and music (so we hear).

While all the details have yet to be ironed out, they will be readily available at the Kenwood Parade website, which should be up and running by the time you read this at Posters will be up around Kenwood, Glen Ellen, and Oakmont when the details have been sorted out.

The 3- and 10-kilometer footraces begin early and allow for a brisk trot around our famed vineyards with t-shirts and medals awaiting finishers. Times are official and posted for yearly runner standings. To register for the race, visit https://

The pancake breakfast is being set up, but after a two-year hiatus, putting everything back together is taking time. In past years, breakfast tickets have been sold in front of the church and a fast-moving line has zipped diners past the buffet style breakfast goods and into the church’s beautiful garden in back. Over 1,000 runners and residents chowed down there in 2019, according to Linda Salomon.

The church’s silent auction items are laid out on tables in the park directly across the street, next to the Gazebo. Browse them all and bid on your favorites. If you’d like to offer items to auction or even volunteer to work the breakfast or auction, call the Church at 707-833-0187.

Parade entry forms will be available online at and Facebook. Either fill it out online (best) or print it, fill it, and mail it to Kenwood Parade 2022, PO Box 275, Kenwood, CA 95452. If you have a car or animal, you’ll need to provide insurance and auto documents, which can be done online (take a phone snap and attach it) or by mailing copies in. Details of what forms will be needed will be online, and will be announced in the Kenwood Press in May.

The parade will kick off at 10 a.m. with the National Anthem and a lot of enthusiastic kids, dogs, banners, bicycles, antique cars, fire trucks, floats, and more. The length of time depends on the number of entries, of course, but as soon as the parade winds up, the shindig is on in Plaza Park proper.

Look for more information as it becomes available.