Rosie Rally Home Front Festival Circa 2007 -2010


In 2007 the City of Richmond,CA., the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park teamed up for the first Rosie Rally Home Front Festival. For a number of years this was the official website for the festival.
Content is from the site's 2007 - 2010 archived pages.

The current website for the the Rosie the Riveter Trust and the Rosie Rally Home Front Festival where you will find the most up to date information is found at:
Rosie the Riveter is an icon for women across the world.

Enjoy the nostalgic trip back to the beginning of this annual festival.


The annual celebration of Richmond's special role in the history of modern America. Free admission.


The City of Richmond, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park are teaming up again to bring you:

  • Great music & entertainment
  • USO Dance
  • Local food specialties
  • Carnival
  • Kids' play activities
  • Tours and exhibits about the WWII Home Front
  • Vintage Car Show
  • YMCA Fun Run/Walk


What's the Home Front?

What is the legacy of the men and women who labored in Richmond's World War II industries, retail businesses, and social agencies? And where can we discover that legacy today?


Become part of the 4th Annual Home Front Festival

Over the past 3 years the Home Front Festival has won the support of dozens of local businesses, and hundreds of exhibitors and volunteers.

We look forward to the work—and the fun—of staging another lively Richmond event. And we look forward to hearing from you.

Please check this website again in early September, when we'll provide you with information on how you can get involved.

Mission Statement

The Home Front Festival by-the-Bay celebrates the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park. Richmond, California has been nationally designated to exemplify the war effort of the San Francisco Bay Area.

The festival celebrates the coming together of all cultures in a life-changing effort to meet the nation's extraordinary challenges during time of war.

The Festival weekend consists of historical, cultural and educational activities for people of all ages within a beautiful, safe environment by the bay


The festival will be held on October 4 th & 5 th, starting at 1414 Marina Way South extending down the street to the Lucretia Edwards Park on the waterfront. We also will be using the historic Ford Assembly Craneway Pavilion - a short 3 minute walk along the Bay Trail - for the Main Stage Entertainment.

As our title indicates, our theme is built around our "Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park". In addition to the traditional festival with arts & crafts, business booths, non-profit information booths, food and children's activities, and carnival, we have several major events planned. Friday night starts off the weekend with the immensely popular USO Dance, Saturday the Delphinus will be giving docent lead shoreline tours and we will have a VIP Reception for our headliners - The Spinners. Sunday morning the YMCA's Fun Walk/Run will happen again, the SSS Northland which is our local Sea Scout's Ship which will be giving tours and demonstrations, and the highlight of the weekend the "Rosie the Riveter & Home Front Worker's Reunion" is back in the Ford Assembly Building all day.

Wait, I'm not finished...The Red Oak Victory Ship (which is being restored by volunteers and is one of the sites for the National Park) will be open and hosting a play, "Rivets" on Saturday, and the play "Coming Home" on Sunday. The ship is about 3 miles away from the main site, so we will have shuttles going back and forth. AND...there will be a Train Exhibit complete with a "Super Chief" dining car "Acoma" along with a diesel BNSF engine, and the Richmond Railroad Engine and Caboose, along with a reconstructed "boxcar home" from the Native American Village that was in the Santa Fe rail yard. Oh yeah, almost forgot the Classic Car Show at the festival on Sunday.


Entertainment Schedule: Oct. 2nd, 11-6PMCraneway Pavilion and Kaiser Shipyard #3


Festival Mainstreet

YMCA Fun Run Walk. Register. 9 AM
Children's Activities.
Boy Scouts 100th Birthday.
All day events
Son de la Tierra 12:00 PM
Alvon's All-stars Band 12:45 PM
Oaktown Jazz Workshop 1:40 PM
High Cotton Band 2:25 PM
Youth Jazz Workshop 3:20 PM
Walter Hand & the Blue Hand Band 4:00 PM
Hiz-Panic 4:50 PM
Makesmo Band 5:15 PM

Craneway Pavilion

Opening Ceremonies 11:00 AM
Ben Oni Orchestra 11:00 AM
Contra Costa Chorale 11:50 AM
Robin Gregory Quartet 12:20 PM
National Park Service presentation 1:00 PM
Singing Blue Stars 1:30 PM
Reunion photo for Home Front workers 1:30 PM
Consonance Gospel Group 2:05 PM
Elite Jazz Band 2:45 PM
Conjunto Romero Band 3:35 PM
Dynamic Four Band 4:20 PM
Buh-tah 5:00 PM
Caravan of All-stars Band 5:15 PM

Shipyard #3/Red Oak Victory

Self-guided Tours
Food service
Gangway photo opportunities
All day
Opening Ceremony
USS Northland Sea Cadets
Air Force Band of the West
11:00 AM
Rock & Roll Revue by the
El-Five Band
12:00 PM
Rhythm & Shoes, Sherrie's Dance Studio 1:00 PM
A Rosie's Experience; Lois Boyle, President of the Richmond Museum Associaiton 1:30 PM
Book signing, The Kaiser Shipyard, Steve Gliford, author. 2:00 PM
Rivets, a Musical Show. $30/adults. Call 510-237-2933, or 232-6593. Or online. Same day tickets if space. 3:00 PM




The Home Front Festival inspired the creation of a series of historical posters.
Each one tells a fascinating story about the people and places that shaped Richmond.

Vanishing Island
Where's Portrero Island? It was so big it made Brooks Island look like a pebble, and if you stood on the Marina's western shore in 1894 you could see the vast salt marsh stretch across San Pablo Strait...

A City for All...
How big was Richmond in 1941? Just 23,000 people. By 1943, more than 100,000 had found their way to this quiet little city— 90,000 of them to build war vessels at the Kaiser Shipyards...

Wild Roses
Where in Richmond do roses bloom, twining wild through fields of glass? They're growing in old greenhouses of Richmond, remnants of a Japanese American flower-growing industry...

Cruising and Blues-ing
What was the best night of the week during World War II? Saturday night, of course, when nightclubs were swinging, theaters were packed, folks dressed their best and the music of mariachis or foxtrots...

Civil Rights and the California Dream
People came by the thousands in search of the California Dream. Many, like Eddie Eaton who was born in Texas, had come from the segregated southern states...

Who is Richmond
Before World War II, Richmond was the Native American tribe from the Southwest which lived near the Atchison-Topeka and the Santa Fe rail line. It was African American families who farmed the blocks...

Vibrant colorful skirts swirled as the music played during fiesta time. Here since the early 1800s and throughout the days of the California Rancheros, Mexican families have made the Richmond area their home....

Santa Fe Indian Village
An 1880 verbal treaty between Laguna Pueblo Indians in New Mexico allowed the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroads passage through their territory in exchange for railroad jobs...


Lend a Hand

The support of our community is an important ingredient for the success of the Festival. There are three ways you can lend a hand: Be a sponsor, a volunteer, or join the many supporting organizations that have already pitched in.

Be a sponsor

Many of our community's foremost businesses are Festival sponsors. Demonstrate your commitment to Richmond's future by joining them. Now you don't necessarily need a brick and motar store in Richmond to be a sponsor. We had an ecommerce fashionable Raquel Welch wigs store as a sponsor last year. The owner of the online wig store has a second home at Point Richmond. Their neighbors are very involved in the Festival and members of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. Thinking outside the box, they approached our wig sponsor early last year. Their soft "neighborly" approach paid off. So we encourage you to approach businesses in Richmond as well as your neighbors who may have a business interest elsewhere but have a connection to Richmond and ask that they lend a hand in our annual festival.

Call 510 234-3512 or send us an e-mail, telling us you'd like to learn about the different levels of sponsorship. We'll help you get involved!

Be a volunteer

Volunteering to work at the Festival is a great way to enjoy the fun and energy of the event while helping to ensure its success.

To become a volunteer, please download this application, fill it out, and return it to us. We'll contact you soon.

  • Some sample volunteer positions/tasks are:
  • Booth Attendants for information and sales.
  • Facilitate children’s activities such as interactive and carnival games, and performances.
  • Home Front Story Corps Volunteers - Collect stories from Rosies and others who remember the WWII Home Front.
  • Nurse or Paramedic Volunteers.
  • Assist with parking and traffic control.
  • Assist with set-up and break-down.