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Bob Kellar: Fourth of July in the SCV

Posted: June 27, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 27, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

Independence Day is one of America’s greatest holidays.

The Fourth of July marks the birth of our nation and commemorates those who bravely dedicated their lives to the fight for our country’s freedoms.

Residents will be able to celebrate this important American holiday with a spectacular lineup of patriotic activities planned throughout Santa Clarita on Friday, July 4.

Historic Old Town Newhall will set the stage for three Independence Day events on the morning of the Fourth of July: the SCV Rotary Club’s annual July 4 Pancake Breakfast, the Santa Clarita Runners Club’s Independence Day 5k and 10k, and the popular Santa Clarita Fourth of July parade.

The festivities begin bright and early with the Rotary Club’s Pancake Breakfast. From 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., residents can visit the Roger Dunn parking lot on Main Street between 5th and 6th streets for pancakes, sausage, grits, juice and coffee for just $4 per person.

A hearty breakfast will help fuel spectators and participants of the 32nd annual Independence Day Classic, presented by the Santa Clarita Runners Club. The race will include a 10k at 7 a.m., a 5K at 8 a.m. and a noncompetitive Kid K at 7:45 a.m., all beginning at Newhall Park.

The 5K and Kid K will follow the Fourth of July Parade route, which will be lined with cheering spectators. The 10k course will travel along Santa Clarita’s scenic South Fork Trail.

Independence Day Classic races are open to runners of all experience levels, and the Kid K is a great way for families and children to show their patriotic spirit in healthy Santa Clarita style.

Registration for all race events is required in advance and is available at scrunners.org.

At 9 a.m., Main Street will be a sea of red, white and blue for one of Santa Clarita’s greatest Independence Day traditions: the annual Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade.

Since 1932, this community event has remained a shining example of our patriotism and hometown pride. This year’s parade is themed “Our Heroes: We Can Because They Do,” and the parade will pay tribute to the local men and women who go above and beyond in service to Santa Clarita.

The parade will include floats, military presentations, classic cars, horses, music, and more.

The all-American procession will travel proudly down Main Street, Lyons Avenue and Orchard Village Road, ending at 16th Street.

This year’s grand marshal is longtime Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club Director Jim Ventress, who has dedicated more than 30 years to making a difference in the lives of youth in the Santa Clarita Valley.

For more information on the Fourth of July Parade, visit scvparade.com.

Finally, Santa Clarita’s Fourth of July festivities will culminate with the always-spectacular Fourth of July Fireworks Show at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

At 9:15 p.m., watch as Santa Clarita skies pay tribute to the rocket’s red glare with a fireworks display and finale set to a patriotic soundtrack created by KHTS AM 1220.

The Fourth of July Fireworks Show is one of Santa Clarita’s most popular Independence Day offerings, so residents are reminded to arrive early to allow plenty of time to park and select their favorite spot to watch the show.

All across Santa Clarita, residents will come together this weekend with family, friends and loved ones to celebrate American life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Whether they celebrate in Old Town Newhall, or in their own backyards, the city of Santa Clarita wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July.

For more information about Fourth of July events in Santa Clarita, please visit Arts.Santa-Clarita.com/Fourth-of-July or call the city’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787.

Bob Kellar is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at bkellar@santa-clarita.com.

 

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