About 3,000 people will march in Santa Clarita’s annual Fourth of July Parade, and an additional 25,000 are expected to line the streets as spectators, this Thursday in Old Town Newhall.
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“The parade is about having fun and it’s about celebrating,” said Leon Worden, chairman of the parade, “It’s a little snapshot about what Santa Clarita is.”
The parade will begin at 9 a.m. The route runs north along Main Street from 5th Street to Lyons Avenue, turns right on Orchard Village Road and ends at 16th Street.
“It’s really about the community,” said Worden, “It’s all the different community groups coming together and celebrating what they do.”
The parade has been an annual event in Newhall since 1932, and this year’s theme is the winning spirit.
“Particularly in sports,” said Worden, “We’ve got a lot of winners at the state, national and international levels here.”
Registration for those entered in the parade opens at 6 a.m. at Veteran’s Historical Plaza in Old Town Newhall. At approximately 12:30 p.m judges will award trophies at El Trocadero Restaurant.
There will be a pancake breakfast hosted by the Rotary Club at 6:30 a.m. in the Roger Dunn Golf parking lot on San Fernando Road between 5th and 6th streets.
Street closures will begin approximately at 7 a.m. and include: Main Street in both directions from Pine Street to Lyons Avenue; Lyons in both directions from San Fernando Road to Orchard Village Road; and Orchard in both directions from Lyons to 16th Street.
“You wanna get there early enough because people will start lining the parking lot,” Worden said.
There will be no parking along the parade route roads or in the staging areas. Spectators are encouraged to park anywhere they can legally.
Get there as early as possible because it is going to be hot, and bring plenty of water.
After the parade The City of Santa Clarita’s Fireworks Show at Westfield Valencia Town Center is scheduled for approximately 9:20 p.m.
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Source: Santa Clarita News