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2014 Schedule of Events

Salute 2014 - May 15, 16, & 17
Petaluma's Salute to American Graffiti vehicle registration will open on Feb 3, 2014. Although we expect to increase the total number of vehicle entrants, registration normally fills very fast so please mark your calenders now so you are sure to get signed up.

American Graffiti ~ Where were you in ’62?

Although portions of American Graffiti were produced in other Northern California locations, most of the memorable scenes in George Lucas’ timeless, coming-of-age movie were filmed right here in Petaluma in June and July, 1972.

Petaluma’s Salute to American Graffiti is an annual celebration of American Graffiti, classic American cars, cruising the “main drag”, rock ‘n roll music and the “happy days” of the ‘50s and early ‘60s. Produced by Cruisin’ The Boulevard, Inc., an all-volunteer, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit California Public Benefit Corporation, Salute proceeds benefit our own community projects; schools; and other community programs that focus on the arts, history, safety and welfare of Petaluma.

Become a Sponsor or Volunteer or to make your personal online donation now!


Cruisin' the Boulevard 2014
Original Event logo canvas artwork
Auction starts April 24th and ends June 5th
"Someone Roaming the Streets Wants Me!"


A fresh faced Richard Dryfus, uttered this epiphany, while playing the iconic character, Curt Henderson, in the movie, American Graffiti.  This classic slice of pop culture was flawlessly captured by George Lucas, in his star studded salute to muscle cars, slicked back hair and waning innocence, in 1973.  An homage to his youth, filmed, largely, in Petaluma, California, Mr. Lucas did more than his part to add to the magic of our town.  In its 9th year, Cruisin’ the Boulevard, commemorates the scenes, the sounds and most of all, the cars, of American Graffiti.  A non profit organization, Cruisin’ the Boulevard boasts an impressive staff of loving volunteers, who work tirelessly to keep the spirit of American Graffiti alive.  This year, the gleaming Thunderbird driven by Suzanne Sommers, “the most perfect, dazzling creature ever”, will be celebrated.  Do some cruisin’ of your own and mark your calendars for the celebration in May of 2014.

~ Elise Durenberger, Cruisin’ the Boulevard 2014 Event Artist ~
You can find Elise at her Website and on Facebook

Website photo contributors include Craig ‘Style’ Counsell, Rhonda Van Patten, Steve Rustad,
John Furrer, Ron & Cynthia Simmons, After 5 Media, Philip Hall, Scott Hess,
Rich Poremba, Sheri Perez, Steve Farley and Jim Johnson.


2014 Schedule of Events
Join us at our American Graffiti Jump Start Dinner!
May 15, 2014
more info...

2014 Vendor Forms


Salute 2013 Drag Race


Salute 2008 featured in September issue of
The American Graffiti Cop Car & Destruction