Thousands take patriotic bike ride through Huntington Beach – Orange County Register
Disappointed when the coronavirus canceled the festivities and shut things down on July 4, 2020, Ed Ramo organized The Locals Bicycle Cruise, which is quickly becoming a tradition adding to the lineup of celebrations in Huntington Beach.
That first year, Ramo said he sent a few emails and asked people to join him on a ride through town.
“I was hoping for 100, but I got 1,000,” he said. Last year he set his expectations higher and hoped for 2,000, but got several thousand, he said. And he only grew.
This year, Ramo advertised on 90 different online forums and sent out 200 flyers.
“It’s about family and spirit,” he said. “It’s a whole community that comes together.”
Ramo said he likes to make the trek in the days leading up to July 4, so as not to clash with the city’s official parade – which this year returns to its large-scale march that ends on Main Street.
The bike parade began Saturday in Lake Park and ended at Main Street and Walnut Avenue. Local veterans were invited to attend, along with at least 200 roller skaters.