The stars and stripes will move down Main Street during this year's Julian Fourth of July parade, prompting selection of It's a Grand Old Flag as the theme for the annual patriotic celebration.
For more than 20 years, Julian residents, their friends and parade lovers from all over have lined up on the town's main thoroughfare to wave their flags, cheer the marching bands (now four), and salute the U.S. Marine color guards. There is always a gang of local bad guys who try to rob the bank, but the sheriff rounds them up before the gunmen can get anything.
Riding along the parade route will be Grand Marshal David Lewis, whose Julian roots go back to 1887, when George Ritchie homesteaded 160 acres on Eagle Peak and then sat down to a life of teaching here. Best known as Julian's historian, Lewis wrote a book called Last Known Address, that was a finalist in the San Diego Book Awards. While researching gravesites in the Julian cemetery he discovered the unmarked gravesites of the town's black pioneers: America Newton, Albert Robinson, Martha Boyd and Susan Tull.
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