I have recently read in multiple newspaper articles that the world-famous Hollister Independence Day Motorcycle Rally will be back on again this year after a one-year hiatus in 2006. You can check out an article about the issues in the Hollister Free Lance here.
Last year the city Council voted not to allow an official motorcycle rally, however tens of thousands of bikers still showed up anyway. The city ended up having to foot the bill, without reaping the benefits that bikers and motorcyclist bring when they come to a biker rally; money!
It looks like the Hollister city Council learned their lesson. Bikers and motorcyclists have been going to Hollister, California on Independence Day since the 40s; well before most of the members of the city Council were born.
You can see a picture of me at the Hollister Independence Day motorcycle rally in 2004 above.
Although there are still some hoops to jump through, it looks like the rally will officially be back on. In the end, no matter what the city Council decides to do, we bikers will still be at Hollister on Independence Day. Tradition is hard to break.
By Norman Gregory Fernandez, ESQ., © 2006