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Laurene Weste: Celebrate the Fourth of July, Santa Clarita-style

Live from City Hall

Posted: June 25, 2009 6:41 p.m.
Updated: June 26, 2009 4:30 a.m.

On July 4, 1776, nearly 233 years ago, representatives from 13 sovereign states gathered at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pa. a to sign a document declaring the United States of America independent from tyrannical rule.

The country was deeply embroiled in a war that would last long after the ink dried on the document’s 56 signatures.

This July 4, Santa Clarita community members are invited to come out and celebrate the USA’s hard-won independence with friends, family and fellow residents.

The city of Santa Clarita will kick off a host of events on Saturday, July 4 to commemorate this pivotal day in American history.

The festivities will begin the morning of July 4 with an Independence Day 5K to benefit the Santa Clarita High School Cross Country program.

The race, presented by the Santa Clarita Runners’ Club, will start from Newhall Park at 8 a.m. and stretch along the Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade route.

A noncompetitive walk will be offered, as well as a Kiddie K, starting at 7:45 a.m., for children.

The cost to register is $30 for the 5K and $10 for the Kiddie K. Community members can register for the 5K at or by phone at (661) 513-9375.

Registration can also be completed on Friday, July 3 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Whole Foods Market, located at 24130 Valencia Blvd. in Valencia.

The Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade, presented by Magic Mountain and the SCV Parade Committee, will begin at 9 a.m. in Old Town Newhall.

The mile-long parade route stretches along Main Street, Lyons Avenue and Orchard Village Road before finishing at 16th Street in Newhall. Six Flags Magic Mountain President Jay Thomas will serve as this year’s Fourth of July Parade Grand Marshall.

More information on this great community tradition can be found at

Bristol Farms and the Bridgeport Marketplace will also host a Fourth of July picnic and carnival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Bridgeport Marketplace on the corner of Newhall Ranch Road and McBean Parkway.

The event will feature live music, barbecue fare and sweet treats, as well as a dunk tank, petting zoo, pie eating contest, pony rides, carnival games and more.

The Independence Day events will culminate with the city of Santa Clarita Fourth of July Fireworks Show, beginning at 9:15 p.m. at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

Attendees can watch this year’s fantastic display while listening to the live broadcast of the event soundtrack on KHTS AM 1220.

For more information on the fireworks show, including viewing areas, parking information and road closures, visit

As the sun sets on Independence Day, residents should remember the serious fires our valley has endured over the years.

Due to the continuing Southern California drought, residents are asked to refrain from using neighborhood fireworks.

As always, illegal fireworks are strictly prohibited. Residents are invited to attend professionally sanctioned firework displays, like the Santa Clarita Fireworks Show, and join the community in celebrating the Fourth of July 2009 in a fun and safe way.

Laurene Weste is a Santa Clarita city councilwoman. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. “Live from City Hall” runs Fridays in The Signal and is provided by the city of Santa Clarita.



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