Wednesday, June 26, 2002
Honoring heroes on the 4th

By Liane Klein
Signal Staff Writer

Wednesday, June 26, 2002

I
ndependence Day celebrations around town will kick off with the annual Santa Clarita Fourth of July parade, beginning at 9:45 a.m. on July 4.
    Organized by the nonprofit Santa Clarita Parade Committee, the parade runs along San Fernando Road from 5th Street to Lyons Avenue, then west to Orchard Village Road and north to Dalbey Drive, ending near Newhall Park. Several streets will be closed along the parade route at 8 a.m.
    "It's looking like this year's parade will be the biggest ever, and we usually have 3,000 participants and 25,000 spectators," said Parade Chairman Leon Worden. "It's probably a combination of the patriotism that is especially prevalent this year, and the fact that we're a growing community with more youth organizations cropping up all the time."
    The theme for this year's parade is "America's Heroes."
    "The parade will be a festive celebration, as always, but at the same time it will be an opportunity to reflect on some significant events that affected us as a nation and as a community," Worden said. "We picked this year's theme, America's Heroes, to honor the heroes of 9-11 as well as our own local heroes — Deputies Jake Kuredjian and David March — who gave their lives in defense of our freedoms."
    Two riderless horses, representing Kuredjian and March, will serve in the Grand Marshal position, with members of the deputies' families riding behind the two horses.
    Parade awards will be given out at Newhall Park at about 1 p.m. Entry forms and information are available at scvparade.com.
    The parade will be preceded by a pancake breakfast from the Newhall Rotary Club, starting at 7 a.m. in the parking lot at the corner of 5th Street and San Fernando Road.
    The 20th annual Independence Day Classic 5K Run, Stride and Kiddie K, sponsored by the Santa Clarita Runners, starts at 9 a.m. at Newhall Park, with registration opening at 6:30 a.m.
    Parents can bring their children to participate in the Kiddie K, which will start at 8:30 a.m. prior to the 5K race. Proceeds from the event will benefit local high school cross-country programs. Race applications are available at Pacesetter Bicycles in Granary Square, and at Vincenzo's Pizza in Saugus. Registration forms are also available online at scrunners.org.
    Evening festivities begin at 7 p.m. with live entertainment from the Hodads and the Santa Clarita Valley Concert Band at the Valencia Town Center, in advance of the fireworks extravaganza that starts after sundown, at approximately 9:15 p.m.
    The city-sponsored event will include face painters, jugglers and other strolling entertainers, while hungry spectators can take advantage of several food booths.
    Other fireworks displays to light up the night sky will be held in Stevenson Ranch, Castaic, and Six Flags Magic Mountain.
    The Castaic Lake 4th of July "Pyro-Musical" fireworks show, hosted by the Friends of Castaic Lake and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, will begin at 8:30 p.m. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., allowing spectators to enjoy hours of live entertainment and food beforehand. Presale ticket prices are $25 per vehicle, or $30 at the gate. No motor homes will be admitted. Walk-in prices are $5 per person, and children under 2 are free.


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