The official logo and t-shirt for the Hollister Independence Rally 2016

The official logo and t-shirt for the                               Hollister Independence Rally 2016


It’s hard to believe that my 21st Fourth of July celebration at Johnny’s is around the corner. We’re revving up for the Hollister Independence Rally 2016 and it’s gonna be a great one. The folks at Roadshows Inc. are happier than clams about being this year’s promoters. They are pulling out all the stops to see to it that it’s a classic. This is their first year as our rally promoters and they are laying the ground work for next year’s 70 anniversary spectacular.


Randy and his crew are working hard to involve as many local businesses and charities as possible in the rally. They are making a concerted effort to see to it that as much money as possible stays in our county.

Let me share some highlights of the Hollister Independence Rally 2016. As usual, San Benito Street will have motorcycle parking only. There will be three beer gardens this year, and all of them will have a stage for entertainment. Many local bands will rock downtown Hollister all weekend long. Friday July 1st on the main stage, the all-female Zeppelin powerhouse band, Zepparella will rock the place from 3:00-5:00. At 6:00 Journey Revisited, the 2015 Modesto Area Music Awards Best Blue-collar Cover Band, takes the stage. On Saturday Caravanseri, a popular Santana Tribute, band will be on the main stage at 3:00 and Savanna Blue takes the stage at 6:00. Savanna Blue is a six piece Northern California band that salutes the best from Skynard and the Allman Brothers to the Outlaws and the Marshall Tucker Band. Put your dancing boots on folks, we’re in for a party!

The Corbin Bike Show will take place at the Veterans Memorial Building on Saturday July 2nd. Corbin and his fellow sponsors, Binfords Custom Cycles and Custom Chrome, will put on a fantastic show. The event is sanctioned and judged by the International Master Bike Builders Association, and Easy Riders Magazine is covering it. All bike styles are welcome. How awesome would it be to see your motorcycle in Easy Rider Magazine? You know there will be lots of spectacular bikes at this event.

One of our 2016 shirts. you wanted Brando and he's back.

One of our 2016 T-shirts.
You wanted Brando and he’s back.

At Johnny’s we’re kicking off Independence Weekend on Thursday as usual. Karaoke starts at 9:00 on June 30th. July 1st through the 3rd we will be open for breakfast and our famous Bloody Marys and ice cold beer at 7:00. Breakfast is served until 11:00 and our famous patio BBQ is served from 11:00 – 7:00. We may close the grill down a bit earlier on Sunday July 3rd depending on the crowd. Most folks don’t have to work on Monday so we’re looking forward to providing our biker friends with a good time on Sunday too. On Monday, July 4th ,we’ll have our annual safe and sane fireworks show at dark. Afterwards you can rock out to the jukebox or enjoy a friendly game of darts.


We’re hoping that lots of folks plan on spending the entire weekend in Hollister. Bolado Park is the official RV Park and Campground and they are rolling out the red carpet for bikers. They are having live music on their outdoor stage as well as famous biker movies at night. There will also be vendors at the park. The rates are darn reasonable too. I can’t say the same about the hotels but that’s how it goes at motorcycle rallies and most are booked solid already.

camping motorcycle best So come on down and enjoy the best motorcycle rally on the West Coast, and the only one that takes place at the Birthplace of the American Biker.

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526 San Benito Street
Hollister, CA 95023

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