The city of Santa Clarita held its July 4th celebrations on the road on Sunday, visiting the SCV to visit some local residents at the house as part of the city’s Patriotic Tour.
For the second year, the Santa Clarita City Council and the official judges of the SCV July 4th Parade jumped into a city cart adorned with American flags and streamers to visit the three finalists in the city, which were then awarded first, third place.
“I think it’s exceptional because what we’re doing is reaching out to the community – they’re not coming to us, we’re going to them, and that’s great,” said Mayor Bill Miranda. .
The tour started at Town Hall, where members of the SCV Veterans Center – the winners of the competition for the town’s Pee-Wee Parade, in which participants competed against each other to create the best-designed miniature floats – received their certificate and prize for winner.
The tank consisted of at least 50 Lego people designed to look like some of the local SCV veterans, including members of the SCV Veterans Collaboration Services, who run the center.
Veterans Center volunteer Patti Ryan has spent hours hand-painting each Lego, a task she considers a “labor of love.”
“It’s all about the veterans, so I was excited to do it,” said Ryan, crying as she explained her inspiration for the tank, which included a number of local veterans who had passed away.
The Veterans Center plans to raffle its prize, a meal certificate at Salt Creek Grille, to a local veteran, with veterans able to come to the center to place their name in a jar for drawing.
All aboard the patriotic chariot
At Town Hall, three tall pint-sized marshals – Serenity Russell, 6; Blake Gregory, 4; and Bradley Wood, 3 – also joined the tour decked out in their best of July 4th.
“It’s cool,” Serenity said of his duties as Grand Marshal, which came right after the town’s annual parade.
With her Americana clothing, Serenity sported a crown and sash as she recently won the title of Miss Elementary America (First Grade) with her victory in Little Rock, Arkansas.
She and her fellow Grand Marshals greeted the passing cars at the start of the tour and enjoyed a picnic lunch provided by the Old Town Newhall Farmers Market.
The first stop was third place winner Steffanie Siebrand, whose house featured flags, banners and even an American-inspired archway.
Next, the tour headed to Canyon Country, where the Woodworth family home had red, white and blue banners and decorations hanging from their balconies and front shrubs.
The house that won second place was decorated primarily by Jane Woodworth and her 11-year-old daughter, Harper, with decorations they had either collected over the years or got creative to make, like fireworks. firework with pool floats and PVC pipe.
The House of Woodworth also featured three submissions of Pee-Wee Parade floats, including a detailed Statue of Liberty that Harper herself made.
The tour culminated in the decorated home of JC and Celia Mejia, where Americana decor covered almost every square inch of the two-story house and front lawn.
“My mom and (Celia) still have the design, and then I’m the one who does it,” said JC Mejia. “They have these amazing ideas, and it’s so hard to (bring to life).”
Mejia succeeded, however, because with more American flags than the eye could see, the banners and streamers were a “land of liberty, house of the brave” banner that covered the garage door and a fountain that he could see. made with American flags.
“Last year we just walked in by coincidence,” Mejia said, adding that they usually decorate for every party and were only told about the competition after they decorated their house in their usual way. .
But after the Mejias placed second last year, they were excited to step up to claim victory this year.
“To think that the No. 1 winner was a finalist last year and dedicated his family to making him even better so they could win this year was awesome,” added Miranda.
Entrants must be Veterans to enter the Veterans Center draw. The center, located at 23222 Lyons Ave. at Newhall, is open for submissions for the draw from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, with the draw scheduled to take place at noon on Monday, July 12. For more information, call the center at 661-753-3559.