The 4th of July activities kick-off with the Santa Clarita Rotary Club serving hotcakes at 7:00 a.m., in the Roger Dunn golf parking lot on San Fernando Road, between 5th and 6th Streets at its annual Pancake Breakfast.
Activities continue with the Independence Day 5k Run presented by the Santa Clarita Runners Club along the City’s parade route. Pre-registration entry fees are $25 now through June 30th. A $5 late registration fee will apply after June 30th. Entry forms are available at local fitness centers, sporting goods stores, and Vincenzo’s in Saugus or Agua Dulce, on the club website at www.scrunners.org .
The annual Santa Clarita 4th of July Parade will begin at 9:45 a.m. on San Fernando Road in Old Town Newhall. This year’s theme is “20 Years of Cityhood,” in honor of the City of Santa Clarita’s 20th anniversary. Santa Clarita’s first Mayor, Hon. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, will serve as the grand marshal of the parade. The mile-long parade will travel down Lyons Avenue to Orchard Village, finishing at Newhall Park. For parade information, please visit www.scvparade.com .
Also, The Greens at Valencia will feature an old fashioned 4th of July BBQ and a live band. Make sure to bring your blanket for later to enjoy prime viewing of the fireworks from the putting course. Please call 661-222-2900 for reservations.
The 4th of July festivities will finish with a breathtaking fireworks display over the Westfield Valencia Town Center sponsored by the City of Santa Clarita. The fireworks show entitled “America Journey from American Dream,” will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. and will last about thirty minutes. For more information regarding the fireworks show, visit www.santa-clarita.com .
To avoid road closures due to the fireworks, please enter the Westfield Valencia Town Center from Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia Boulevard, and Citrus Avenue entrances. McBean Parkway between Valencia Boulevard and Magic Mountain Parkway will be closed to traffic from 8:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.
Fireworks will also appear at Magic Mountain, Stevenson Ranch and Castaic Lake.
In an effort to assure this year’s 4th of July celebration is fire-free, the City of Santa Clarita has teamed up with the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station to remind residents about the high fire danger and that even during 4th of July weekend, fireworks are illegal in the City of Santa Clarita and in Los Angeles County.
“Residents should know that fireworks are not only illegal in Santa Clarita, they are a fire hazard and one that we will not tolerate. Our message to residents is that we have a lot to celebrate and be grateful for on this wonderful day, let’s do it in a safe and responsible manner,” commented Mayor Marsha McLean.
For more information, please contact the City’s Arts and Events Office at 661-286-4018 or visit www.santa-clarita.com .
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