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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

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

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 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



ricketzz: Posted: June 27, 2014 9:46 a.m.

"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."

Not exactly. We mark the day when we told the King to shove it! It is a celebration of overthrowing the government! Other holidays celebrate sacrifice, this one is about shedding tyrannical rule! Banning fireworks on the Fourth of July is an example of such tyranny. I will simulate explosions on my 3,000 Watt garage P.A.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: June 27, 2014 11:48 a.m.

Hey Kellar, you sellout. Hope you have a lousy 4th.

Try listening to the people who elected you, instead of lining your deep pockets.


lars1: Posted: June 27, 2014 12:00 p.m.

If you see kellar, acosta, mclean or weste on the streets please give them the same finger they gave you. They deserve it!

Unreal: Posted: June 27, 2014 1:43 p.m.

Really people? I had issues with the billboards too but we all should be able to celebrate the 4th of July as Americans. Save the name calling and negative comments for another time.

Have a Happy 4th Bob.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: June 27, 2014 1:56 p.m.

Unreal wishes you a nice 4th. I don't. Sorry. I'm just so embarrassed I ever voted for you. That won't happen next time.

Unreal: Posted: June 27, 2014 4:25 p.m.

EgbertSouse4U: The negative attitude you are showing is what is wrong with a lot of society today and has led to the constipated congress we see today.

Let's try to disagree without being disagreeable. Calling people liars and thief’s is not the way to make a point.

I do think that Bob and other council members were very convinced they were doing what they think is a good deal and were pushing it very hard, even against public opinion. We stopped it. End of story.

Try to change someone's mind instead of claiming they don't have one or calling them names is the way to go. If that does not work, we vote. No reason for all the hating.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: June 27, 2014 6:06 p.m.

"We stopped it. End of story."

Really??? Do tell.

lars1: Posted: June 28, 2014 9:02 a.m.

I don't like city council members being "bought off" by lobbyists for companies wanting to get the city to approve deals. I find that disgusting. Those city council members who get $$$$$ from that type of activity deserve every comment possible from the citizens that they disregard and disrespect.

Arthur Sohikian, who has been hired as a lobbyist for Allvision, threw Marsha McLean and Laurene Weste a fundraiser just days after the first yes-vote for the billboard deal from which Allvision will reap many hundreds of millions of dollars

ricketzz: Posted: June 28, 2014 9:53 a.m.

Death to tyrants! Remember Concord and Lexington!

OldReliable: Posted: June 28, 2014 12:32 p.m.

Just curious lars1, can you tell us how many dollars each city councilmember received? Thank you.

cj64: Posted: June 30, 2014 2:12 p.m.

AlwaysRight: Posted: June 30, 2014 7:15 p.m.

Egbert- you got your election. Which was one of the options that your petition called for. You won.

cj64: Posted: July 1, 2014 12:15 a.m.

Just wait and see the election material generated by this council. They will say its all legal, but its full of lies and deceitful. They will randomly pick(ha, ha) the arguments against their unpopular ugly digital electronic billboards. They will subversively write the opposing statements to make their billboards look like a gift from God.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: July 1, 2014 9:37 a.m.

And thanks for the extra sewage tax now as well, Kellar, you tool. Hope you spend the fourth on the toilet with explosive diarrhea. It would fit you.

ricketzz: Posted: July 3, 2014 10:27 a.m.

Egbert makes morning breakfast less appealing with graphic scat references in an article about The Fourth of July.

"Beware the British East India Company".

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: July 3, 2014 12:08 p.m.

I know, ricketzz. I must be part of that vast conspiracy you speak of.

I do wish YOU a happy Fourth though! Hope it's a fun day for you, my friend. And even though I don't agree with you often, I DO appreciate you questioning what the media likes to shovel.

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