Independence Day celebrations scheduled in SCV Saturday

July 2, 2015 - storage organizer

A normal march and normal fireworks shows bookend Independence Day events in a Santa Clarita Valley — with a aptness aptitude and/or a high-carb dish thrown into a brew — as residents join a rest of America in celebrating a 239th birthday of a Declaration of Independence.

While a march stairs off during 9 a.m., those who arise early can suffer a powerful run sponsored by a Santa Clarita Runners Club that follows a march track in Newhall.

Races embody a 10K during 7 a.m., a “kid K” during 7:45 a.m. and a 5K race/walk during 8 a.m., all commencement during 24933 Newhall Ave. Register during if you’re interested.

If coffee and pancakes are some-more your style, afterwards 7 a.m. is also a start of a Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club’s annual “world famous” pancake breakfast featuring flapjacks, orange juice, sausage and more.

The breakfast runs until 9:30 a.m. in a parking lot subsequent to a Roger Dunn Golf shop, 24200 Main St. in Newhall.

Tips collected during a eventuality will go to a Triumph Foundation, a nonprofit organisation that supports people with spinal cord injuries and that mislaid many of a apparatus in a new storage section fire.

For many Santa Clarita Valley residents, a kick-off to a holiday is a Santa Clarita Fourth of Jul Parade, hold in Newhall some-more or reduction invariably given 1932.

This year’s thesis is “Santa Clarita: Living a American Dream,” and a eventuality is dedicated to a memory of Connie Worden-Roberts, a longtime march organizer, as good as city owner and champion of travel projects opposite a Santa Clarita Valley. Worden-Roberts died final August.

“We wanted to do a march in her memory since she was such a large partial of it,” pronounced Linda Storli-Koontz, who chaired a march cabinet this year and several years previous. “She was a chairman who hold a march together a long, prolonged time,” she pronounced of Worden-Roberts.

Grand marshal
For this year’s grand marshal, a cabinet picked Worden-Roberts’ son, Leon Worden, a 2015 Santa Clarita Valley Man of a Year.

“We like to respect people possibly unequivocally famous — we would have desired an Olympic star” — or a internal proffer who has worked many years for a parade, Storli-Koontz said.

“But we have a possess star in Leon,” she said. “This is totally run by volunteers,” Storli-Koontz pronounced of a parade, observant Worden has prolonged been among them.

“It’s an implausible honor,” Worden said. “I’m anxious and shamed that a march cabinet motionless to respect me in this way.”

Worden also pronounced he was respected that a cabinet motionless to dedicate a march in memory of his mother. “She finished a large grant to a parade, only as she did in other areas,” he said.

Parade route
The march starts during Main and Fifth streets, heads north on Main to Lyons Avenue, turns west on Lyons, north onto Orchard Village Road and afterwards easterly on 16th Street, where it ends.

Parade organizers advise that travel closures in a area will start during 7 a.m. and embody a march track as good as some roads surrounding a route.

See Saturday’s Signal for a march lineup.

Parade history
The republic was low into a Depression in a early 1930s when Signal Editor A.B. “Dad” Thatcher chided a village for not carrying a suitable celebrations for a “Glorious Fourth,” as he called it, and given to symbol a holiday by streamer anywhere though a Santa Clarita Valley.

In 1932, residents rose to a plea and staged a predecessor to today’s normal Independence Day parade, embracing an “Old Time” thesis that featured a prospector and his family, cowboys, internal ranchers and other “old timers.”

But a strike of a day was apparently a 1932 propagandize bus, that Thatcher called “an considerable doctrine of a swell both of travel and a series of pupils.”

Eighty-three years later, a Santa Clarita Fourth of Jul Parade is “one of a largest home town-kind of parades in a country,” featuring internal residents and staged wholly by volunteers, Storli-Koontz said.

“The smashing thing about this is a smashing thing about a valley: that it always works out,” she said. “I’m always amazed. … It always comes off perfectly.”

Early start
For several years a march start time has been changed behind an hour from a prior 10 o’clock hour on Jul 4 to 9 a.m. due to a near-guaranteed peppery feverishness that accompanies Independence Day.

“If we start that march during 10 o’clock, by 11:30 or so you’re in high noon heat,” pronounced Santa Clarita City Councilwoman Laurene Weste, a longtime member of a march committee.

“This approach is nicer for a families to be means to suffer it though a highlight of a heat. It’s a nationalistic family event,” and starting it progressing in a morning “makes some-more people means to suffer a Fourth of July,” she said.

Weste and her husband, Jim McCarthy, are in assign of march judging this year. Judging is finished in teams, with any group member reserved to safeguard “they are not privately associated to entries,” Weste said.

Awards are given in 20 categories, including best march thesis and several other boyant categories, high propagandize dwindle or cavalcade team, tone guard, several equestrian categories and several vehicular categories.

Swimming and fireworks
Castaic Lake is not hosting a fireworks uncover this year. The Lower Lake float beach is open Thursdays by Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., though a Lower Lake launch ramp is sealed for vessel launching.

The Santa Clarita Aquatic Center is open unchanging hours, noon-5 p.m., for holiday swimmers, and a Castaic Sports Complex Aquatic Center will be open 12:30-5 p.m. for open swim, a mouthpiece said.

To top off a holiday, Santa Clarita Valley residents can attend one of 3 fireworks shows.

Six Flags Magic Mountain is celebrating a holiday weekend with fireworks and live bands Friday by Sunday.

The city of Santa Clarita and Westfield Valencia Town Center unite a giveaway a fireworks uncover during a mall commencement during 9:15 p.m., and another uncover in Stevenson Ranch starts during 9 p.m. during Dr. Richard H. Rioux Memorial Park.

Meantime, a Fire Department, Sheriff’s Department, city and county all remind residents that supposed “safe and sane” fireworks are not authorised anywhere in a Santa Clarita Valley.

“We contingency all remember that we are in an impassioned drought, a hills around a city are intensely dry, and we have already had a vital glow off Calgrove Boulevard that compulsory a depletion of several homes,” cautioned Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Duxbury in a news recover this week.

“All fireworks, including those labeled ‘safe and sane,’ are bootleg in Santa Clarita” and other areas of a Santa Clarita Valley.

For sum on a fireworks displays, revisit

Signal Staff Writer Luke Money and novice Austin Westfall contributed to this report.

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