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Freedom Days 2008
City of Pasadena
News Release
Friday, July 04, 2008

Bigger fireworks display and new attractions offered at upcoming 4th Fest 

The city’s annual 4th Fest has always given families a safe, fun and affordable option for celebrating Independence Day, and this year will be no exception. In fact, the event has grown to include even more family-friendly activities and games, and the fireworks show will be bigger than ever before.
Bob Ellis, recreation manager for the city and chair of the 4th Fest, said the event is completely family-oriented. “Our games are geared towards kids of all ages and provide the opportunity for parents to interact and play right along with their kids,” Ellis said. “The whole thing is a family event, culminating with a huge fireworks show.”
The event will be held on Friday, July 4, from 4-10 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center and Fairgrounds, and there is no cost for admission or parking. A midway parade and opening ceremony will be held at 6 p.m., and the fireworks will start at 9:15 p.m.
Ellis said not only will the fireworks display be slightly longer than in past years, but it will also include more fireworks during the show. “It’s going to be more spectacular than ever before,” Ellis said. He also highlighted some of the 4th Fest’s most popular attractions, and described those that will be new this year.
At the new FinishLine Speedway attraction, for example, drivers or NASCAR fans of all ages will have the chance to get behind the wheel of some of their favorite stock cars, as they remotely control a 1/10 scale model of some of the most well-known vehicles. As participants race their cars around the track, they can expect all of the typical action that might be found in a NASCAR race – flips, spin outs, crashes and more. Six competitors race at a time, and racing will be ongoing throughout the duration of the event.

The games and activities popular from years past will return this year, including the rock wall, petting zoo, pony and camel rides, hay rides, magic shows and car show. The 4th Fest will also feature its Kid Zone, full of inflatable jumpers, carnival games and face painting. Kids can also still enjoy the Hot Wheels Races, in which they pick a vehicle, compete and then get to take their car home. There will also be a water slide and an inflatable boxing ring.
Family games, including a tire roll, egg toss and water balloon toss, begin at 4:30, with one game starting each hour. A DJ will provide music throughout the evening, and the event will also host a variety of food and novelty vendors. 
Ellis said there will be plenty of activities, including the Kid Zone, petting zoo and athletic events, that take place indoors or under a covered area, giving people a break from the heat or in case of rain. He also said the fireworks would go on even in the event of rain. There will also be two covered wagons available to transport people from one end of the property to the other.
Ellis said this would be a great event for everyone in the community to attend. “It’s a good, fun family activity,” Ellis said. “There’s something for everyone to enjoy.”
The event will be hosted by the City of Pasadena Parks & Recreation department and is sponsored by organizations within the community, including The Pasadena Citizen, Nestle Waters, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Bayshore Medical Center, Wal-Mart, Waste Management, Volunteer Pasadena and Capital Bank. For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation department at (713) 740-7062.

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