ROSEMEAD -- The city celebrated Independence Day with a 5-k run, parade, a festival and fireworks with thousands in attendance.
Mayor Polly Low rode in Parks Dept. Float.
The 5K run drew about 200 runners who registered for the early morning walk/run that began at Rosemead Park, crossed Rosemead Boulevard twice and came back to the start location on Encinita Avenue.
(To view a brief video of the parade and 5-K run click on this link.
Adults ran a 5 K course while young children ran a 1 mile competition. All received beautiful medals from Mayor Polly Low and Counciwoman Margaret Clark. Among the finishers was Coucilman Steven Ly who also was awarded a medal by his collegues.
The Indpendence Day Parade along Valley Boulevard started at Bartlett Street right at 10 a.m. and ended at Rosemead Park. About 50 units including three floats, drill teams, vintage cars, several community groups, city officials in convertibles and walking community entries delighted the crowd.
A moderate crowd of several thousand people lined Valley Boulevard. The people brought their own chairs and portable covers and umbrellas to protect them from the bright summer sunshine.
Hundreds of people arrived early at Rosemead Park to reserve a spot to set up their canopies for a day of relaxation, picnicing and visiting the festival grounds. As soon as it turned dark, the crowds doubled as people came to enjoy the free aerial fireworks show.