Rose Bowl’s AmericaFest Celebration July 4

AmericaFest, the Rose Bowl’s annual fireworks extravaganza, is returning to the stadium on July 4.

The Rose Bowl Stadium’s annual AmericaFest Celebration, recognized as one of the nation’s largest and longest-running shows to celebrate America’s birthday, will be held on Sunday, July 4. AmericaFest will be an in-person gathering after moving the event to a virtual event format last year due to the global pandemic.

“The Rose Bowl Stadium is so iconic for many things, but the annual AmericaFest is an event that brings all of Pasadena and beyond, together,” said Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo. “Last year, the stadium pivoted the 94-year-old tradition to a virtual event format, but we are thrilled to once again welcome Pasadena back home to celebrate America, at America’s Stadium.”

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LCHS Seniors Celebrate Return to Campus; Rose Bowl Graduation

Photo by Mary Emily Myers / Outlook Valley Sun
La Cañada High School’s student government members, who were among the seniors on campus yesterday in preparation for their official return to school, include (front row, from left) Senior Class President Seema Kayali, JT Salcido, ASB President Andrew Han, Colin Melillo, Andrew Chi, Ben Lee and Emaan Qazi. Back: Gordon Cucullu, Alison Flynn, Keaton Comstock and Cari James.

After more than a year of isolation and cancelled activities, it felt like a triumphant return to La Cañada High School for seniors on Wednesday with more promising days ahead: a return to limited on-campus learning, a slew of scheduled fun activities and an in-person graduation ceremony to be held at the Rose Bowl for the senior class of 2021.
During the “Seniors Return to School” event held outdoors at Spartan Stadium, about 150 seniors excitedly gathered to learn details about the remaining end-of-year activities, procedures for graduation and, above all, to absorb some inspiration to fight off what’s become known as Zoom gloom.

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Burroughs Falls To Pasadena at Rose Bowl

Photo courtesy of Stephen Garden
Burroughs senior running back Luke Rogers (2) grabs a teammate’s jersey to stabilize himself while running past defenders during the Indians’ loss to Pasadena High School on Thursday in the Rose Bowl.

By Austin Green
Burbank Leader

Jesse Craven had to wait over a year after his hiring in March 2020 to participate in his first Pacific League game as the head coach of the Burroughs High School football team.
While the wait was worth it in many ways — an uncharacteristically cool and overcast spring day more reminiscent of November weather than March in Southern California, and the unbeatable setting of the football mecca that is the Rose Bowl — Craven and his team were in for a rude welcome.
Six days after a statement win against Burbank, Burroughs’ archrival, Pasadena High School took care of the Indians by a final score of 48-7. The coaches agreed to play the entire second half with a running clock after Pasadena led, 35-0, at halftime.
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Past President Still a Force in Tournament of Roses

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Laura Farber, chair of the Rose Bowl Management Committee, oversees the coin toss at the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl Game, when she was Tournament of Roses president. Although the 2021 Rose Parade has been canceled, hopes are still high that there will be a 107th Rose Bowl Game.

Pasadena Tournament of Roses Past President Laura Farber still believes in “The Power of Hope.”
Months after her reign as president, the theme she chose for the 131st 2020 Rose Parade seems more poignant than ever amid the global pandemic and resulting shutdowns that have paralyzed society and led to the cancellation of the iconic 132nd parade on New Year’s Day.
Parade officials last week cited Gov. Gavin Newsom’s phase 4 reopening schedule, health restrictions enacted to slow the spread of coronavirus and interruption of the lengthy preparation needed by participants as their reason for canceling the 2021 parade. But there is still hope that the 107th Rose Bowl Game, “the Granddaddy of Them All,” will deliver an exciting collegiate contest to fans starving for entertainment — and sports.
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Rose Bowl Dedicates Statue Honoring ‘99 Women’s Soccer Champs

Brandi Chastain
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U.S. 1999 Women’s World Cup championship team member Brandi Chastain poses with the commemorative statue unveiled last week at the Rose Bowl Stadium, which pays tribute to the “99ers” team and all it did for women’s sports.

It was the kick felt around the world for women’s sports, and now, the momentous occasion of soccer legend Brandi Chastain celebrating the winning goal for the United States’ 1999 Women’s World Cup championship team has been immortalized on the green expanse near the Rose Bowl Stadium entrance with a life-like bronze statue. Continue reading “Rose Bowl Dedicates Statue Honoring ‘99 Women’s Soccer Champs”

Masters of Taste Exceeds $500,000 for Union Station Homeless Services

OUTLOOK photo Maestro restaurant owner Sergio Martinez and chef Elena Vega joined The Raymond owners Leslie and Rob Levy, who served as event chair of last week’s record-setting Masters of Taste fundraiser to benefit Union Station Homeless Services.
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Maestro restaurant owner Sergio Martinez and chef Elena Vega joined The Raymond owners Leslie and Rob Levy, who served as event chair of last week’s record-setting Masters of Taste fundraiser to benefit Union Station Homeless Services.

The third annual Masters of Taste fundraiser was attended by approximately 2,500 guests and raised more than $500,000, a record-setting amount for Pasadena-based Union Station Homeless Services.
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11K Attend Autism Speaks Walk at Rose Bowl

Dallas Raines and Bret Gaon

Local residents KABC-TV meteorologist Dallas Raines and Bret Gaon were some of the nearly 11,000 people who participated in the annual Autism Speaks Los Angeles Walk at the Rose Bowl.
The event raises funds to help improve the lives of people with autism. The walk was powered by the love of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives and supporters, and so far, has raised more than $700,000 for free innovative resources, grants and trained staff to help ensure people of all abilities have access to the tools needed to lead their best lives.
Fundraising will continue until June 30. To donate, visit act.autismspeaks.org/losangeles.