If there is a city that knows how to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, it’s Santa Clarita. From pancakes to pyrotechnics, there is something dazzling about the Fourth of July in our city that always makes for a memorable holiday and this year is no different.
“Each year, the City of Santa Clarita celebrates our nation’s freedom and independence with a variety of activities,” commented Mayor Marsha McLean. “With so many celebratory events, community members are guaranteed to have a good time this Independence Day filled with fireworks, patriotism and fun.”
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The day begins bright and early with flapjacks flipped by members of the local Rotary Club. A tradition for more years than we can count, Rotarians have served up pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee with a smile in the parking lot of the Roger Dunn Golf shop on Main Street between 5th and 6th Streets. It’s a great spot to meet community leaders as well as your friends and neighbors before picking out a spot to watch the annual parade go through downtown Newhall. First pancakes come off the grill at 6:30 a.m.
If you’d rather give the holiday the runaround, then sign up for the 29th Annual Independence Day Classic at Newhall Park. The 10K race begins at 7 a.m., Kids K at 7:45 a.m., and the 5K race/walk takes off at 8 a.m. The course for the 10K travels along the South Fork Trail; the course for the 5K and Kids K includes part of the parade route. Of course, if you’re staking out a good seat on the parade route, cheering on the runners is the most patriotic thing you can do – plus it makes them feel good. Get more information on the run here. All proceeds from the event will benefit the cross country teams of the six Santa Clarita Valley high schools.
Of course, the biggest event of the day is the annual Fourth of July Parade, a community tradition since 1932. In a city called one of the “most patriotic in America,” it’s no surprise that our parade brings out every bit of red-white-and-blue available, from kids with crepe paper streamers and bunting on their bike tires to hundreds of marchers carrying Macy’s parade-style balloons; veterans carrying hundreds of flags, car clubs and politicians and beauty queens and even Doo-Dah style entries (motorized recliner chairs. Seriously). Check out the lineup here.
The parade starts at Hart Park, goes down Main Street, turns left on Lyons Avenue, follows Lyons to Orchard Village where it turns right and ends by turning right on 16th Street, disbanding at Newhall Park.
Parade route 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, click here.
The parade starts at 9 a.m. and this year’s theme is “Celebrating Women’s Right to Vote,” in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in California. Mayor McLean and Councilwoman Laurene Weste will lead a contingent of women down Main Street carrying an oversized flag, just like the suffragettes did a century ago to celebrate their freedom at the ballot box.
Remember, there’s no throwing anything at the parade and nobody in the parade is allowed to throw anything at the spectators. That includes Silly String, which is the subject of an ordinance specifically restricting its discharge. While parade announcers may go out of their way to embarrass anyone shooting Silly String around the parade, the sheriff’s deputies along the route take it very seriously and will not only confiscate it, but might write you a citation. Save the string for afternoon barbecue fun.
To crown the evening, the Fourth of July Fireworks Show will begin at 9:15 p.m. over the Westfield Valencia Town Center. Come and be dazzled by the luminous sparkling lights as they brighten the night sky. KHTS will provide some patriotic, soul-stirring music to accompany the overhead blasts, be sure to tune in at AM1220.
Those hoping to see the fireworks are encouraged to plan ahead and arrive at the area around the Westfield Valencia Town Center with plenty of time to enjoy the fireworks show. During the show, McBean Parkway will be completely closed, beginning 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.
Please remember that it is illegal to privately set off fireworks. To report illegal fireworks, contact the SCV Sheriff’s Department at (661) 255-1121. For more information regarding Fourth of July festivities, visit Santa-Clarita.com/Arts.