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SCV News | Celebrating Our Patriotic Spirit in Santa Clarita

Uploaded: Friday, July 1, 2022

By Mayor Lorraine Veste

Lauren Weste:Lauren Weste:“O beauty for the vast sky, for the amber waves of grain, for the majesty of the purple mountains above the fertile plain!” The opening line of Poet Kathryn Lee Bates’ “America the Beautiful” not only describes the vast natural beauty of our great country, but also immediately fills your chest with pride for what has been done in the United States, and what will be done in the United States. : achieve when we work together as one.

“America the Beautiful” has become one of our nation’s most beloved songs and is included in patriotic events and gatherings every year. The song honors the sacrifice of the men and women who built this country and those who gave their lives for it. It’s a wonderful reminder to cherish the freedoms and liberties that make the United States unique.

At Santa Clarita, we are proud of the bonds that unite us and celebrate that spirit through a variety of patriotic events. Each year, 4th of July celebrations bring together thousands of residents for fun, family-friendly events that showcase our patriotism and create lasting memories we’ll cherish for generations.

There are a number of exciting events planned for 2022, and I want to thank the members of the Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade Committee for their extraordinary work leading up to this year’s celebration. I know we’re all looking forward to the return of the Fourth of July parade, the first since 2019, but that’s just scratching the surface of what’s to come.

Residents can kick off the celebration with a delicious pancake breakfast hosted by the Rotary Club of Santa Clarita Valley beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Main Street between 5th and 6th Streets in Old Town Newhall. Then burn off the calories by participating in the Independence Day Classic, a 5K/10K hosted by Santa Clarita Runners that starts and ends at Newhall Park. The 10K starts at 7am and the 5K starts at 8am

The Fourth of July parade itself takes to the streets of Old Town Newhall at 9 a.m. Get your spot on the route an hour early and bring the whole family down to experience the splendor of this long-standing Santa Clarita tradition. This year’s parade theme is “Honoring Our Frontline Crew,” and I invite you to see all the entries in person and pay special tribute to these community heroes. Also participating in the city’s old-time trolley parade will be the winners of the 2020 and 2021 City of Santa Clarita Pee-Wee Parade and Patriotic Home Tour contests, which encouraged residents to enter the virtual parade and decorate their homes in red. white and blue when the traditional parade cannot be held due to the epidemic.

Please prepare your children and pets for the heat with water, sunscreen and shade. It’s hot for your four-legged friends and your dogs must be on a leash.

The Fourth of July Parade will begin at 9:00 a.m. on William S. at the roundabout in front of Hart Park and will end at Orchard Village Road and Dalbey Drive. After the parade is over, spend the afternoon with your loved ones and neighbors and partake in your favorite traditions, such as having a family barbecue, going for a swim, or watching a baseball game. Afterwards, be sure to head to Westfield Valencia Downtown for the annual Spirit of America fireworks display, an awe-inspiring show you definitely won’t want to miss. For a complete list of July 4th events, visit SCVParade.com.

There is no shortage of opportunities to show our patriotism in Santa Clarita on Independence Day. From early morning to late night, celebrate all that makes America beautiful and spend time listening to the words of Kathryn Lee Bates’ poem, including the last lines:

“America! America! God poured out his grace on you and crowned your goodness with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.”

Mayor Lorraine West is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be contacted here lweste@santa-clarita.com.

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