19th Annual Pt. Dume Independence Day Parade Kicks Off Wednesday

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Malibu's then-mayor and lifelong Point Dume resident Skylar Peak (right) with wife Janet Friesen, celebrate Independence Day at the 18th annual Point Dume Fourth of July Parade and Picnic on Tuesday, July 4.

One of the Point Dume community’s longest-running and most beloved traditions returns this Independence Day for the 19th year: the Pt. Dume Fourth of July Parade.

This year, due to construction on the Pt. Dume Marine Science School campus, the format of the event will look a little different, according to organizer Doug Randall.

“We’ve decided to turn it into a slow moving block party parade,” Randall said, describing the route as “the same parade route as it’s been for years. 

“This year, instead of turning left off Fernhill onto Grayfox and onto campus, we’re going to stop the parade right there,” he said, saying the school district “made it really easy” for organizers—not allowing them use of “the campus, the parking lot, the facilities, the electricity, anything at all.” But this has not dampened spirits.

Much of what makes the event a local favorite will still continue, Randall said, despite a smaller-scaled event. Organizers plan to provide live music and watermelon for visitors, who can also bring their own snacks and treats.

“We’re just keeping it real simple, real local,” Randall told The Malibu Times. “Break out your beach chairs, barbecue, your red white and blue, slow it down a bit, and turn it into a little community socializing parade right there on Fernhill.”

Parade participants are to line up by 9 a.m. Wednesday. The parade will begin at 9:30.

Anyone who wishes to volunteer time or make a donation can contact Doug Randall at malibucarts4u@aol.com or lead volunteer Ellen Burson at ejbmommy@gmail.com.