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There’s still time left for Fourth of July Parade entry

Theme for 78th anniversary parade will be ‘Celebrating America’s Independence: Movietown U.S.A.’

Posted: June 23, 2010 9:50 p.m.
Updated: June 23, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Saturday is the absolute, drop-dead deadline for entries in the Santa Clarita Valley’s 78th anniversary Fourth of July parade, a longstanding tradition that kicks off a day of patriotic and family-oriented activities in the SCV.

The theme “Celebrating America’s Independence: Movietown U.S.A.” notes the valley’s role as Hollywood’s backlot, dating to the early 1900s, when silent film star William S. Hart and other Western stars ruled on the silver screen.

The valley is still home to many movie and TV productions — and more such industry is expected as the Walt Disney Company expands its Golden Oak Ranch operation in Newhall.

Disney is among the sponsors of this year’s parade.

The parade committee, made up entirely of volunteers, invites those with a role in the filming industry to join in the fun this year and enter the parade.

However, there isn’t much time: The first deadline for entry has already past, but there are still a few days left.

Those interested in entering the parade are asked to visit, read the parade rules, fill out the entry form and liability waiver, and send the entry and waiver with a PayPal payment to E-mailed entries will be accepted through Saturday, but entrants will have to pay a late fee.

Details are available at

For those who just love to be spectators during the old-fashioned fun, the parade steps out at 9 a.m. again this year, not the 10 a.m. start time of 2008 and earlier.

The time was moved up an hour last year in a bid to beat the heat.

Although the Fourth of July falls on a Sunday, the parade and other events are scheduled as usual.
Fireworks shows will shoot off about 9 p.m. July 4 at Westfield Valencia Town Center, Dr. Richard Rioux Memorial Park in Stevenson Ranch, and Castaic Lake.

Other activities are planned throughout the day.

For a full run-down of Fourth of July activities in the Santa Clarita Valley, pick up a July 2 issue of The Signal, which will include a complete guide to the day’s events.


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