Columbia’s California Statehood Day Parade
Date(s) - 09/08/2018
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Columbia State Historic Park
California became a state on September 9, 1850 – 168 years ago! The Native Sons of the Golden West, Columbia Parlor #258, will host its annual California Statehood Day Parade in Columbia State Historic Park on September 8th this year. The parade is at 11 a.m., followed by a barbecue lunch featuring tri-tip, hot dogs, chips and a drink for $10. Parade entries – marchers, musicians, antique vehicles, floats – are sought for this short patriotic parade on shady Main Street in Columbia. Free registration is between 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. that morning in the parking lot at Jackson and Columbia Streets in Columbia. Entry forms can also be obtained from the Columbia Museum and the Native Sons Museum, both on Main Street in Columbia, and from the Native Sons website at nsgw258.org. The Native Sons’ parade tradition began in 1876, and was revived in 2008. For more information about this free parade, call David Kelley at 532-4377.
A highlight of the parade: The unique DeLorean car made famous in the “Back to the Future” movies will be a special entry in Columbia’s California Statehood Day parade. This is part of a three-day “fan adventure” September 7-9 organized as a benefit for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Back to the Future III” was partially filmed in Tuolumne County in 1990 – at the Red Hills Ranch and Railtown State Historic Park. Activities planned include an outdoor screening of “Back to the Future III” at the Red Hills location on Friday evening, a Hill Valley Festival in Columbia State Historic Park Saturday evening, and special activities at Railtown State Historic Park on Sunday. Visit backto1885.com for more information and to purchase tickets.