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Laurene Weste: City welcomes all to celebrations of independence

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Posted: July 1, 2011 1:32 a.m.
Updated: July 1, 2011 1:32 a.m.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”   
— Declaration of Independence

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress claimed its liberty from Great Britain, with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. From 1776 until the present day, Americans celebrate this freedom and independence with festivities like fireworks, parades, family gatherings, barbecues and picnics.

On July 4, the city of Santa Clarita will host a series of events to commemorate this pivotal day in American history.

A great way to start off the morning is by attending the traditional Santa Clarita Rotary Club Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. in Old Town Newhall.  Pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee will be served in the Roger Dunn Golf parking lot on Main Street, between Fifth and Sixth Street. 

The patriotic festivities continue with the 29th annual Independence Day Classic that will take place at Newhall Park.

Races start at 7 a.m. for the 10K, 7:45 a.m. for the Kids K, and 8 a.m. for the 5K race/walk. The final two-mile stretch coincidently follows the parade route of the Santa Clarita 4th of July Parade.

This guarantees one of the best cheering sections in Southern California. After the race, enjoy Jamba Juice smoothies and stay for the parade. 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 longstanding Santa Clarita 4th of July Parade will take place in Old Town Newhall starting at 9 a.m.

This year’s parade theme is “Celebrating Women’s Right to Vote.” Come out and celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in California. Line up early along the parade route to enjoy 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. For more information on this great community tradition can be found at

The city of Santa Clarita is proud to once again present the Fourth of July Fireworks Show, which is the culminating event of this important national holiday in our community. 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 hometown station” AM 1220 KHTS.

McBean Parkway will be completely closed at 7 p.m. between Valencia Boulevard and Magic Mountain Parkway, and will reopen approximately one hour after the end of the fireworks show.

 Additionally, Valencia Boulevard between McBean Parkway and Citrus Avenue, will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction between 7:30 p.m. and the end of the Fireworks Show at approximately 9:45 p.m. Magic Mountain Parkway, between McBean Parkway and Citrus Avenue, will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction between 7:30 p.m. and the end of the Fireworks Show at approximately 9:45 p.m.

Santa Clarita community members are encouraged to plan ahead and arrive at the area around the Westfield Town Center with plenty of time to enjoy the Fireworks Show.

For more information about Fourth of July festivities, please view

With all of the choices for a good time this Independence Day, Santa Clarita residents are guaranteed a fun holiday experience. Just remember that it is illegal to privately set off fireworks. To report illegal fireworks directly to the SCV Sheriffs Department at (661) 255-1121.

I hope you and your family enjoy a safe holiday celebrating our nation’s history and independence filled with fireworks, patriotism and fun.

Laurene Weste is a Santa Clarita City Councilmember and can be reached at:


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