Celebrate Independence Day with a series of patriotic events hosted throughout the City of Santa Clarita on Monday, July 4, 2016, as a way of commemorating an essential day in American history.
The Fourth of July festivities kick off with the Independence Day 5K and 10K, hosted by the Santa Clarita Runners’ Club. All races begin at Newhall Park, located at 24933 Newhall Avenue, and end with a refreshing Jamba Juice drink for all participants at the finish line. This exciting run stretches along the 4th of July Parade route and offers something for runners of all levels. Race times include: 7:00 a.m. for the 10K; 7:45 a.m. for the Kid K; and 8:00 a.m. for the 5K race/walk. Community members must register for races at scrunners.org.
Runners looking to re-fuel and pancake lovers alike can enjoy the Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club's annual Pancake Breakfast, taking place from 6:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 4 at Roger Dunn Golf Shop, located at, 24200 Main Street.
After the race and pancakes, residents can enjoy the annual Santa Clarita 4th of July Parade beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Old Town Newhall. This year’s parade is themed “Volunteering Makes Us Stronger” and will feature horses, floats, music, classic cars, military presentations and more, as it travels down Main Street, Lyons Avenue and Orchard Village Road before finishing at 16th Street. For more information on the parade, visit scvparade.com.
The day’s festivities conclude with the City of Santa Clarita Fourth of July Fireworks Show at Westfield Valencia Town Center, starting at 9:15 p.m. Not only will the night’s sky display magnificent, luminous lights, the air will be filled with the sounds of KHTS AM 1220’s live soundtrack to compliment the ambience of the event. As the fireworks show is one of the City’s most popular 4th of July events, guests are encouraged to arrive early, as major intersections and streets will be impacted.
Travel lanes will reopen following the fireworks show as conditions allow. Due to the high number of vehicles trying to exit the area and the traffic restrictions, extensive delays should be expected. Motorist heading to the east side of the City should use the exits onto Citrus Street, while motorists heading to the west side of the City should use the signalized exits onto Valencia Boulevard or Magic Mountain Parkway.