Rotarian carry banner down mainstreet Mendocino in annual 4th of July parade.

Just about every Fourth of July since Mendocino Village was founded in 1857, thousands of people from up and down the coast gather for the annual parade. On the lawn of the historic Kelley House on Main Street you’ll find food, beer, a giant American flag ┬áhanding from an 19th Century water tower and dozens of people with blankets waiting for the parade. 2013 was no different. Click here to see more photos:

Rotarians carried the banner for our latest project, Rotary Park, and handed out literature along the parade route and in the park soliciting support. As usual, we held our barbecue at the Mendocino Volunteer Firehouse in Mendocino Village. It was a sellout! And, like all Rotary projects, we combined our service to the community with plain Independence Day fun.

Harold Hauck, center, and Janis Porter, right, serve up BBQ lunches

Dean and Bruce take a photo break

John Porter and Jennifer Bosma serve BBQ

Roger Schwartz, left, and Rick McDonald carry the Rotary banner

Gary Hopper mans the popcorn machine

Rotarian Donna Schuler, center, with daughter, Erin, right, and a friend

Pam Hudson at the condiments table