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City gears up for 4th of July celebration 

Paso Robles planning big Independence Day celebration

4th of july Paso RoblesAs a part of the City of Paso Robles 125th Anniversary, a huge Independence Day celebration is planned for the downtown city park on Friday July 4. The celebration kicks off with a Children’s Parade at 11 a.m. around the park with games, fun, and music from noon to 4 p.m., concerts in the park from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with a special patriotic program at 6:30 p.m., and a Fireworks show next to City Park about 9:15 p.m.

The Children’s Parade will be for all children and every participant is asked to wear or decorate in red, white, and blue. Every child is asked to be imaginative with their outfit and are welcome to bring their dog, wagon or bicycle as they walk in the parade around city park. This free event will begin at 10th and Park streets and is sponsored by the Paso Robles Children’s Museum.

The fun and games for kids of all ages will begin at noon in the park and they’re all free. Traditional and new games, including sack races, 3-legged races, a watermelon eating contest, and lawn games, will be held. DJ and live music are planned for the afternoon and food will be available. There will be surprises for all thanks to Niblick Road Baptist Church, Calvary Paso Church, and other organizations.

At 5 p.m., a Paso Robles tradition, the REC Foundation’s Concerts in the Park will begin with the very popular rock group “The Usual Suspects” to perform at the Gazebo. Sponsors J. Lohr and Firestone will provide adult beverages and Red Scooter will have food available.

At 6:30 p.m., the band will take a break and a special Salute to America program will begin. All military retirees, veterans, and active duty personnel will be asked to come forward to form up, lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and sing the National Anthem. At 7 p.m., “The Usual Suspects” will return to perform until 8:30 p.m.

At about 9:15 p.m., a spectacular aerial fireworks show will begin with a ground display planned for the front of City Hall facing the park.

Donations need to support event

This patriotic community event is funded entirely by businesses and residents with tax deductible donations. To support the event, contact Al Garcia at (805) 226-9262 or email him at

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to make the first-ever Independence Day event a success and organizers need you. There are a number of opportunities between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. and most are two or three hours in length. Some of the tasks include parade route monitoring, helping with children’s games, monitoring the fireworks safety exclusion area through the day, and assisting with the Salute to America.

“This is going to be a lot of fun for our community and we need your help to make it a reality,” says organizer Al Garcia.

A T-shirt, food voucher, and water will be provided. A brief orientation and waiver form are required to ensure safety. Call or email Al Garcia to volunteer: 226-9262 or

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