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Laurene Weste: 4th of July: fireworks, foot races and fun

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Posted: July 2, 2010 8:48 p.m.
Updated: July 3, 2010 6:30 a.m.

On July 4, 1776, the United States claimed its liberty from Britain, and democracy was born.

Americans celebrate this freedom and independence through family gatherings, barbecues, and picnics. This July 4, Santa Clarita community members are encouraged to come out and commemorate our nation’s independence with family, friends and fellow residents.

The festivities will begin the morning of July 4 with the 28th annual Independence Day 5K. This event will take place at Newhall Park at 8 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. for the Kid-K. The final two-mile stretch coincidently follows the parade route of the Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade. This guarantees one of the best cheering sections in Southern California. All proceeds from this wonderful event benefit the cross country teams of the six Santa Clarita Valley high schools. Running not your speed? Walk or just join in on the fun by cheering on your fellow community members.

The Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade will take place in Old Town Newhall starting at 9 a.m. For all you entertainment aficionados, this year’s parade theme is “Movietown USA.”

Line up early along the parade route to enjoy the glamour and fantasy of classic Hollywood. The parade will include horses, floats, music, fire trucks, classic cars, military presentations and lots of adorable kids.

The parade runs north along Main Street from 5th Street to Lyons Avenue, turns west on Lyons and then north onto Orchard Village Road, ending at 16th Street. Street closures will begin at approximately 7 a.m. and include Main Street in  both directions from Pine Street to Lyons Avenue; Lyons Avenue in both directions from Main Street  to Orchard Village Road; Orchard Village Road in both directions from Lyons Avenue to 16th Street. More information on this great community tradition can be found at

To crown the evening, the Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration will begin at 9:15 p.m. Come and be dazzled by the luminous sparkling lights as they brighten the night sky over Westfield Valencia Town Center. Tune your portable or in-car radios to enjoy a live broadcast of the light show brought to you by “your home town station,” AM 1220 KHTS. For more information regarding firework times, sights, etc., please visit 

Our local Fire and Sheriff departments are requesting that residents refrain from using neighborhood fireworks. As always, illegal fireworks are strictly prohibited. Residents are invited to attend professionally sanctioned firework displays, such as the Santa Clarita Firework Show at the Westfield Valencia Town Center, and join the community in celebrating the Fourth of July 2010 in a fun and safe way.

There is no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than Santa Clarita-style! So, if you are looking for an exciting way to spend your Independence Day, come on out and participate in a day filled with fireworks, patriotism and fun.

Laurene Weste is the Mayor of the city of Santa Clarita and can be reached at Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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