Independence Day with a BANG!
David and Adrianne Roe of Leading Edge Termite Treatment had a ride
in the parade as the 2004 Business Persons of the Year.
The day began with a Firecracker and ended with a Cracklin
Finale. Over 460 entrants ran through the streets as Pleasant Hill kicked
off the day with its inaugural Firecracker 5K Fun Run. Watching the starting
field leap forward at the races start took everyones breath
away. This event raised over $3,400 for local schools and was a true highlight
of the day. Fleet Feet Sports is to be commended for putting together
such a memorable event.
The 91st Division USAR Band and the return of the BBQ
Dads Backyard Grill Team were highlights of the parade this year. Great
accents were added by the Jazzercise Ladies and the wonderful fleet of
vintage cars. The many local entries provided great color and crowd recognition.
Seeing the kids along the parade route waving American flags added to
the patriotic ambience and underscored the communitys spirit in
celebrating the nature of this great holiday.
The Party in the Park featured great food by Back Forty
Texas BBQ and two added features that the kids loved: a 20-foot climbing
wall and a 22-foot giant slide. The younger kids had a great time tossing
rubber chickens, trying to keep water balloons from bursting, eating watermelons,
and taking train rides around the park. While the kids were immersed in
their games and activities, Moms and Dads were enjoying the great stage
entertainment and skits...and marveling at the 1920s era bathing suit
modeled by Mayor Michael Harris at the dunk tank
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Not to be outdone by the earlier events, the fireworks
over College Park High School were simply
.the best ever! Over 5,000
crammed onto the soccer field to Oooooh and Aaaaah at the skyrockets bursting
overhead. What a magnificent spectacle! Very special thanks go to Don
and Norma Flaskerud of ReMax CC Connection for making it possible to enhance
the bombs bursting in air.
The Fourth of July Commission would like to thank the
City of Pleasant Hill, The Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District,
the Pleasant Hill PoliceDepartment, themany PleasantHill Chamber of Commerce
members who were sponsors or donated gift certificates, and the close
to 100 volunteers who helped the Commission pull off this great IndependenceDay
celebration for the community to enjoy.
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