Tuesday, April 21, 2015

R is for. . .

Rally. Motorcycle Rally. The Hollister Freedom Rally!

This year, thousands upon thousands bikers from all over the United States will trek to Hollister on the Fourth of July weekend to take part in the annual motorcycle rally that celebrates "The Birthplace of the American Biker". This event has been held officially, and unofficially, since 1997. The city of Hollister held the first rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a biker's incident that happened in Hollister over the Fourth of July weekend in 1947, upon which the movie The Wild One, starring Marlon Brando, was based.

I've written about the 1974 incident, as well as the history of the rally event, in an earlier post. If you're interested, check out this page.

This year's free motorcycle rally will be a three-day celebration, taking place on July 3, 4, and 5. In addition to lots and lots of bikes, there'll be live music, contests, and biker games throughout the event. A few of the major highlights are:
  • The Touring Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on display from July 3 to July 6 at Dunne Park
  • Thunderbirds concert on July 3
  • The Guess Who concert on July 4
  • Sons of Anarchy stars Tommy Flanagan and Mark Boone, Jr. sign autographs on July 4
  • July 4 Fireworks
For more details about the 2015 Hollister Freedom Rally, visit its official website.

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  1. My hubs would LOVE to visit the rally! Your town sounds wonderful.

    1. Hope you get a chance to visit the rally sometime then. :-)


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