Fourth Of July Parade Celebrates Movietown USA
On Sunday morning, the annual Santa Clarita Valley Fourth of July parade will fill the streets of Newhall with floats, musicians, marchers and spectators all out to celebrate the country’s independence.
The parade begins promptly at 9 a.m. at the corner of 5th and Main Street (check out the route here), and travels down Main, turning left on Lyons Avenue, right on Orchard Village Road and finishes on 16th Stret.
Many of the entrants will be decked out in the theme "Celebrating America's Independence: Movietown USA," a natural selection given the many times locals look on the big and small screen and see their neighborhoods or other familiar landmarks.
The theme will also be reflected by several division marshals, with the Grand Marshal a tribute float to cowboy star William S. Hart, accompanied by the Friends of Hart Park and a contingent of Hollywood movie horses; KHTS's own morning man Brandon Gibson, who has been featured in several movies as both an actor and his primary passion, as a stand-up comedian, will be a division marshal, joining the Santa Clarita City Council, the Canyon Theatre Guild and honorary marshal Todd Stevens, who was the lucky bidder for this spot at the recent SCV Boys and Girls Club Auction.
The parade, which is organized and run by a stalwart group of volunteers, will feature marching scouts, comedic floats, beauty queens, patriotic music and décor, dancing gymnasts, classic and antique cars, politicians and even motorized stuffed recliners.
There are few rules for parade-watchers, but the one strictly enforced by parade marshals, backed up by real-life deputy sheriffs is the Silly String rule. Nothing is allowed to “block, obstruct or impede the passage of participants, vehicles or animals along the route” and it is illegal to “discard, launch, propel, release, squirt or throw any gaseous, liquid, semi-solid substance of object toward or among the participants, vehicles or animals in the event.”
In other words, no Silly String, no throwing anything from the floats to the crowd or vice versa. Candy or flags and flyers must be handed to the crowd by people walking alongside the entry.
Initially, parade organizers thought churches along the route would protest the Sunday procession, but most have been cordial and cooperative, moving services or suggesting alternate routes for the faithful. Two houses of worship have chosen to participate in the parade: Temple Beth Ami will have an entry, as will Northpark Community Church Minesterios Majested.
The parade will also require a few street closures, which will begin at 7 a.m. to accommodate the Independence Day 5K which follows the parade route in some portions.
Closures will include Main Street in both directions from Pine Street to Lyons Avenue; Lyons in both directions from San Fernando Road to Orchard Village Road; Orchard Village in both directions from Lyons to 16th Street and 16th Street in both directions from Orchard Village to Newhall Avenue.
Roads are expected to be opened up by noon, after the parade’s conclusion and a quick clean up of the streets.
The parade started in 1932, but there have been a couple of years where they took a break. Read about the parade’s history here.
Here's the lineup for Sunday's parade. If you are an entrant, you must check in at Registration located Veteran's Historical Plaza before getting into formation. Registration opens at 6 a.m. and closes promptly at 8 a.m. to prepare for the 9 a.m. launch.
1-1 Color Guard: L.A. County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse
1-2 L.A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca
1-3 Motorcycle Officers Travis Kelly and Jeffrey Houle
1-4 SCV Station Search and Rescue
1-5 Metropolitan District Elks
1-6 California Highway Patrol
1-7 GRAND MARSHAL – Friends of Hart Park – William S. Hart
1-8 Cub Scout Pack 580
1-9 Twilight Twirlers
1-10 L.A. County Fire Station 73 – Newhall
1-11 U. S. Forest Service Fire
1-12 Santa Clarita Valley Antique Auto Club
2-1 Color Guard: Vietnam Veterans “Lost Patrol”
2-2 Employers Support of Guard and Reserve
2-3 DIVISION MARSHAL: Brandon Gibson/KHTS AM 1220
2-4 KHTS AM 1220
2-5 The Signal
2-6 SCV Business Journal
2-7 San Fernando Valley Model A Club
2-8A SCV Rotary Club, SCV Woman o’ Year, Mary Ann Colf
2-8B SCV Woman Of the Year, Mary Ann Colf
2-9 SCV Man Of the Year Wayne Crawford
2-10 Assemblyman Cameron Smyth
2-11 Cub Scout Pack 490
2-12 Team Shelby
2-13 Equestrian Trails Corral 69/Newhall Trail Riders
2-14 Hayle Romick and Celeste
2-15 Cub Scout Pack 575
3-1 Color Guard: Los Angeles Commandry #9
3-2 Old West Masonic Family
3-3A DIVISON MARSHAL: Wells Fargo, Santa Clarita City Council
Mayor Laurene Weste, Mayor Pro Tem Marsha McLean
3-3B City Councilman Bob Kellar
3-4 Sport Clips
3-5 SCV Movieland/SCV Congress of Republicans
3-6 Fil Am Association
3-7 SCV Y-Indian Guides
3-8 Miss SCV Scholarship Program
3-9 My Kid’s Hometown Dentist
3-10 SCV Senior Center
3-11 Stepping Stones Children’s Center
3-12 Prayer Angels for the Military
3-13 SCVCC Corvette Club
3-14 Gymcheer USA
4-1 American Legion 507
4-2 American Legion Auxiliary
4-3 DIVISON MARSHAL: Canyon Theatre Guild/Santa Clarita Regional Theatre
4-4 Northpark Community Church Minesterios Majested
4-5 Santa’s Turbo Sleigh
4-6 American Red Cross
4-7 Round Table Pizza
4-8 SCV Trails
4-9 Cub Scout Pack 48
4-10 Telesis Community Credit Union
4-11 Paintball USA
4-12 Democratic Alliance For Action
4-13 Temple Beth Ami
5-1 DIVISION MARSHAL: Todd Stevens
5-2 Hart High ASB
5-3 Hart High Cheer
5-4 Lazy Boys of Santa Clarita
5-5 Girl Scouts of Santa Clarita Valley
5-6 D.E.E. Studio Production
5-7 SCV Tea Party Patriots
5-8 Wallers GymJam Academy
5-9 BSA Pack 577
5-10 Skip’s ’41
5-11 Captain Reboot