Bob Mandic has always had a front-row seat to the annual Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade.
Growing up on Main Street, Mandic's family would stay home for the holiday to watch the parade from his front yard. When he got into his teens, Mandic said, he would sell soda pop for a couple of nickels to the parade watchers.
He also watched the parade for several years from the inside out. As a city councilman and a mayor in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Mandic was part of the parade. He even almost got thrown out of the parade when he was mayor in 1982 for throwing candy to the kids as his car rolled down the parade route.
"I went around the corner and did it anyways," he said.
The parade brings back a lot of memories for the longtime resident, and this year, he will get to make a new one — as the Community Grand Marshal for the 106th annual Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade.