City to Parade, Party on July 4

One of San Marino’s key annual events is back and ready to bring the community together again to celebrate the nation’s Independence Day.
San Marino’s Fourth of July Celebration, complete with parade and fireworks display, will begin at 7 a.m. Wednesday, with Lacy Park opening at its Virginia Road entrance to allow attendees to lay claim to their spots for the day. People may use blankets or chairs to designate their areas, but may not stick anything into the ground or use plastic sheeting as a substitute.
The St. Albans Road entrance to Lacy Park opens at 3 p.m., when food booths also will open. Check-in for the Rotary Club of San Marino’s parade starts at 3:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of San Marino Avenue. The parade will begin at 4:45 p.m., running along Monterey Road and Virginia Road, concluding at the park at 6:30 p.m.
Those still interested in riding in the parade may submit entry forms through Friday, June 29, to Rotarian Debbie Priester, either by faxing applications to (626) 440-1996 or emailing them to debbie@titantravel.com. Entry forms can be found in the Fourth of July event pamphlet.
The Family Fun Zone at Lacy Park runs from 4-8 p.m. and will include face-painting and a variety of carnival games. Members of the City Council, Board of Education and San Marino Little League All-Stars will be introduced to attendees after the parade, and live music entertainment will kick off after that.
There will be the presentation of the colors at 8:30 p.m. and the singing of “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America” and the national anthem at 8:45 p.m. The fireworks show is slated to start at 9:05 p.m.
The city recommends that attendees bring flashlights and use insect repellent. Personal fireworks are not permitted and barbecue pits or open flames are not allowed. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at Lacy Park.
The city is still selling wristbands needed to attend the Lacy Park festivities, but the number is limited. Residents may purchase them ahead of the event for $5 (proof of residency is required); non-residents will be charged $15. Wristbands purchased on July 4, if they’re still available, will be $20 for everyone. Children 2 and younger are not charged for wristbands.
Wristbands can be purchased at varying times at the Recreation Department, Crowell Public Library and City Hall.
For additional information, call (626) 943-2627 or visit ci.san-marino.ca.us.

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