4th of July Fireworks Spectacular to be held at Harding Park

June 29, 2011
Santa Paula News

It will truly be a community celebration as well as a patriotic one when Santa Paula celebrates the 4th of July with a spectacular fireworks show at Harding Park, a display that will be seen from almost every corner of the city.

Monday’s fireworks spectacular to celebrate 235 years of Independence will start at 9 p.m. at the park, located on the 1400 block of East Harvard Boulevard, where admission is free.

The show will mark the second year it was made possible through community donations, after the city had to discontinue the event due to budget woes.

With the Rotary Club taking the lead, Rotarians Ginger Gherardi and Al Guilin among others jumped right in to bring back the pyrotechnic display, which costs about $15,000. The fund drive was successful and provided the community with a spectacular display of fireworks, including a grand finale still being talked about.

This year, noted Guilin, the fireworks celebration will again be held “thanks to our great supporters, who didn’t hesitate to help when asked.”

“This is truly a community event,” Gherardi said, that “we hope everyone will enjoy!”

“The fireworks and fourth of July symbolize some of the best parts of who we are as Americans,” said Santa Paula Fire Chief and Rotarian Rick Araiza. “Neighbors and community pulling together and celebrating, a clear summer night, great food and drinks, and the colorful sparkle and sizzle high above starry skies.”

Santa Paula offers numerous fine viewing areas, and many residents host July 4th barbecues to enjoy the patriotic display. Many people have favorite viewing areas throughout the city, including the area at the top of 10th Street known as Hospital Hill.

Others actually watch the show at Harding Park. Those who do so are urged to bring chairs and blankets in case the evening grows chilly before the thrill of the fireworks spectacular prompts warming cheers. Parking is limited in the Harding Park area, with many streets closed, so plan on carpooling and walking in to enjoy the show.

The donation effort for the annual 4th of July spectacular consists of formal requests for contributions to red, white and blue decorated patriotic cans on the counters of various merchants. Although when the last bomb bursting in aim dims Monday night it will mark the end of the 4th of July fireworks spectacular, organizers will already be planning next year’s show. Donations for the 2012 Independence Day celebration, whether large or small, can be made payable to Santa Paula Rotary/Fireworks and sent to P.O. Box 809 Santa Paula, CA 93061.

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