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SCV Independence Day activities

Your guide to a fun Fourth in the SCV

Posted: July 3, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 3, 2014 2:00 a.m.

In this 2005 file photo, fireworks light the city air off of Magic Mountain Parkway.

 

6:30 a.m.: Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast

This long-standing red-white-and-blue SCV tradition features a breakfast of blueberry pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. The price is just $4 per person. At the Roger Dunn parking lot, 24200 Main Street in Newhall. Runs until 9 a.m.

7 a.m.: Independence Day Run

While registration is no longer open, race fans can still cheer on participants in the Santa Clarita Runners-sponsored 5K race, 10K race, and non-competitive walk. This Independence Day tradition in the SCV starts at Newhall Park with the 10K at 7 a.m., followed by the Kids K at 7:45 a.m. and the 5K and walk at 8 a.m.

9 a.m.: Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade

A tradition dating back to 1932, the Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade revels in a small-town feel. This year’s theme is “Celebrating America’s Independence — Our Heroes: We Can Because They Do.” The grand marshal is Jim Ventress, longtime leader of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley. Horses, floats, music, classic cars and military presentations will be included. The parade steps off at Main and Fifth streets in downtown Newhall, proceeds down Main to Lyons Avenue and turns west on Lyons to Orchard Village Road, proceeding up Orchard Village to 16th Street, where it ends.

9 a.m.: Acton Fourth of July Parade

If Santa Clarita’s parade still feels a little too big-townish, residents can head up Highway 14 about 20 miles to see Acton’s annual Fourth of July Parade along Crown Valley Road. This year’s theme is “Acton — Where Your Heart Is.” The grand marshal is Tippi Hedren, star of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and longtime animal rights activist. Spectators can watch and interact with tractors, floats, horses, and queens and princesses from all over California. Following the parade, the Acton Rangers will stage a “shootout” at the Acton Community Center.

4 p.m.: SoakFest

Organizers tout it as “the biggest water party in SCV.” The third SoakFest is sponsored by the Church On The Way and held at Cinema Drive’s enormous parking lot, SoakFest features a water truck, slides and barbecue. Bring a bathing suit and towel. A dry zone will be available for spectators. Admission is free.

6 p.m.: Stevenson Ranch Fourth of July Celebration

Dr. Richard H. Rioux Memorial Park will open its gates at 6 p.m. for guests to enjoy the nation’s independence with various activities featuring a jazz band and an appearance by national bird mascot “See-more the Eagle.” The event will be topped off with a fireworks show starting at 9 p.m.

9:15 p.m.: City of Santa Clarita Fourth of July Fireworks Show

Residents can watch the night sky light up and hear the pops and crackles of fireworks at this year’s fireworks show over the Westfield Valencia Town Center. Local radio station KHTS AM 1220 will be hosting a live broadcast of the soundtrack.

Check out A5 in today’s Signal for the Santa Clarita Fourt of July Parade lineup.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department reminds residents that fireworks — including the so-called “safe and sane” ones sold in neighboring cities — are illegal in the Santa Clarita Valley. The department encourage residents to attend a public fireworks display. Its website, www.fire.lacounty.gov, offers information on fireworks shows throughout the county.

 

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