It takes stamina, but July 4th at the Rose Bowl makes a heck of a way to celebrate our nation’s birthday.
Festivities start as early as 2 p.m. when food and games are available to kids in Area H; open seating for the evening show doesn’t start until 6:30.
Opening ceremonies with the presentation of colors and the national anthem get under way at 7:15, and this year the show, presented by Honda, is honoring the nonprofit group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
IAVA was founded by Paul Rieckhoff who served as a 1st Lieutenant and infantry rifle platoon leader in Iraq from 2003-04. He has also written the wrenching and informative Chasing Ghosts and is instrumental in fighting for continued and expanded resources and funding for America’s returning veterans.
For something different, after the opening ceremonies, TNT Action Sports is presenting a freestyle motorcross show. Described as “hi-flying and action packed,” the riders will perform tricks such as Kiss of Deaths, Hart Attacks, and Whips, complete with “dazzling” backflips.
Finally at 9:05 (the schedule reads), PyroSpectaculars by Souza will put on what they claim is the biggest fireworks show in Southern California.
Twenty-five minutes later, everyone will be all oohed and aahed out and can head tiredly, though still stimulated and thrilled, back to their car saying, “Happy Birthday, America.”
Editor’s Note: Donations from the community allow active military members and their families to attend this event for free. Call 626.577.3107 or send an email to the fundraising chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Americafest 2012: 86th Annual 4th of July Celebration
Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive
General Admission: $13 (children 7 and under are free)
Parking: vehicles, $20; buses and RVs, $60
For more info and to purchase tickets, visit rosebowlstadium.com