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2009 Freedom Days
Pasadena Parks and Recreaton Department
News Release
Thursday, July 02, 2009

Pasadena’s 4th Fest offers families free, fun way to celebrate Independence Day

For an evening of free games, fireworks and other fun, family-friendly activities, Pasadena residents don’t need to look very far. The City’s annual 4th Fest has always given families a great way to celebrate Independence Day, and this year will be no exception.

In fact, Bob Ellis, recreation manager for the city and chair of the 4th Fest, described the event as 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 Saturday, 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., with fireworks starting later in the evening.

Recreation manager Michael Walker said last year’s fireworks display was the longest in the event’s history and also included more fireworks during the show than in past years, and this year’s show is going to take that one step further.

“This year, there will be music added to and incorporated into the show, and it’s going to be more spectacular than ever before,” Walker said. With record numbers of people already enjoying the City’s pools, parks and camps this year, the City’s Parks & Recreation staff said they are similarly expecting a great turnout for this year’s event.

“We’re predicting the largest crowd we’ve ever had, and we’re excited about that. It’s what we aim for,” Walker said. “We’re anticipating this event to be the best ever.”

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.

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.

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.”

For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation department at (713) 740-7062.

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