Press Release posted 6/27/14 – For over 45 years the Sierra Madre Community has joined together in celebration of the great American tradition with music, picnics, games and the ever popular 4th of July Parade. Residents and guests crowd Sierra Madre Boulevard to watch youngsters on their patriotic bikes stroll down the route along side hometown heroes like the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team and Sierra Madre Fire Department. The Official Sponsor of the 2014 Parade is The Kensington. The Kensington-Sierra Madre is an assisted living and memory care residence currently under construction in the heart of Sierra Madre, along the parade route. The parade as in year’s past will feature local dignitaries such a Congresswoman Judy Chu, Assemblymember Chris Holden, Supervisor Michael Antonovich and members of the Sierra Madre City Council.
This year the Sierra Madre 4th of July Committee is pleased to honor Pat and De Alcorn as the 2014 Fourth of July Parade Grand Marshal. “The Grand Marshal is a person or persons whose efforts over a long period of time has been beneficial to the community of Sierra Madre. The title of Grand Marshal is intended to honor a person or persons’ volume of work, dedication and overall enhancements to our community.” Pat & De are the perfect examples of this. These two Sierra Madreans embody exactly what the Grand Marshal criteria is for the 4th of July. Between the two they dedicate hundreds of hours each year to make Sierra Madre a better place. There is not an event in town these two don’t attend or help out with. Both Pat & De go above and beyond continuing the betterment of Sierra Madre. Pat serves on the Community Services Commission, the 4th of July Committee, Sierra Madre Civic Club, Friends of the Library, they both Pat and De are CERT volunteers and together work the poles during all the elections, and we are all sure there is more that we are sure we don’t even know about. Pat & De living the Sierra Madre spirit everyday, Sierra Madreans that make a difference.
Additionally, the Committee is proud to be honoring the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team as “Hometown Heros”. The volunteers of the SMSR are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – anywhere, anytime, any weather. Since 1951 the SMSR has been educating Sierra Madre with Wilderness Safety, Community Education Events, saving our community and our community visitors. The Sierra Madre Search & Rescue Team was the first search & rescue team formed in California. They originated the Mount Wilson Trail Race and continue each year to assist with this event. They dedicate thousands of hours each year to be trained and skilled to enter the tough San Gabriel Mountains, anytime someone is in need. These men and women are truly one of Sierra Madre’s best treasures.
But before the parade on the 4th, the town will be rockin’ in Memorial Park for the Pre-Parade Party & Picnic on Thursday, July 3rd from 5:30 – 10:30 pm featuring the
outstanding local rock music of Groovy Lemon Pie and at 8:00 pm for the not to be missed Bubblewrap fireworks. Kids and grown-ups alike stomping on hundreds of
square feet of bubble wrap making the sounds of shooting fireworks. Other park activities include the Friends of SMLL Beer Garden, Civic Clubs famous confetti eggs, Girl’s Softballs Dunk Tank (where you might be able to dunk a local politician), and tons of food for purchase.
And in the morning (July 4th) folks are asked to hit the streets for the 4th Annual Spero Foundation’s FireCracker Fun Run. Shotgun start at 8:00 – 9:30 am (check in 7:00
– 7:45 am) in Kersting Court. This untimed 5K Fun Run is geared for the entire family to enjy. Many participants join the fun by dressing up this their All-American best.
Strollers and dogs are allowed and you can register that day or ahead of time on-line at www.sierramadre4thofjuly.com.
Immediately, following the 5K is the Annual 4th of July parade which kicks off at the corner of Sierra Madre Blvd. and Sunnyside Avenue at 10 am sharp! Parade travels down Sierra Madre Blvd to Sierra Vista Park where the party keeps going. The after-parade Community picnic & Celebration starts at 11:00 am with featured Music from the Wabash Wailers. Sierra Madre Pool will be open for FREE and the highlight of the afternoon, starting at 12:30 pm, are the games in the park with the ladies of Civic Club. Wanna throw water balloons at your friends, or challenge your folks to a three-legged race or sack race? This is the place to be. There will also be a Kids Zone, food and beer garden.
To assist visitors in getting around there is a FREE SHUTTLE on the 4th from 12:00 – 3:15 pm to and from the Community Picnic at Sierra Vista Park. Stops on Sierra Madre Blvd @ Sunnyside, Memorial Park, Baldwin & Sierra Vista Park. For more information or to donate to support the activities of the Sierra Madre 4th of July visit www.sierramadre4thofjuly.com.
The volunteers of the Sierra Madre 4th of July Committee extend our gratitude to all the members of the Sierra Madre community for their generosity, support and donations. Every penny counts and this event could not happen without you. Thank you.
Parade Title Sponsor – $2,500
Official Media Sponsor
Mountain View News
Patriot Sponsor – $1,000
VFW Post 3208
Stars & Stripes Sponsor – $500
Sierra Madre Civic Club
Red, White and Blue Sponsors – $250
The Buccanner Lounge
Mur-Sol Development, LLC
Santa Anita Park
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties
Ted & Kathy Calleton
Javier Ho & Kim Lee Family
All-American Sponsors – $100
David & Maggie Gordon
Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center
De La Paz Family
Paul & Jo Hanson
Doug & Janice Hayes
Matchin & Buchroeder Family
Sierra Madre Golf Club