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Oh, What a Fourth!

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Pictured: “Best Decorated Float” in 2018 Mira Mesa 4th of July Parade, by the Filipino American Retirees of Southern California.

Article By: Pam Stevens

Mira Mesa celebrated the 4thof July in a grand, old-fashioned way on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, from the community pancake breakfast cooked and served at the Mira Mesa Senior Center by the Black Mountain [Masonic] Lodge #845, through the mid-day 4thof July Parade and Family Fun Day in the park, organized by the Mira Mesa Town Council, to the fireworks at night. The weather cooperated this year. July 4thwas sunny and clear but not insanely hot, just before temperatures started climbing throughout Southern California. Many said this year’s fireworks were particularly spectacular. The display was paid for through the fundraising efforts of volunteers with Scripps Mesa Fireworks, a local non-profit group.

The 44thannual Mira Mesa Fourth of July Parade, with the theme, “Saluting Our Heroes,” was a highlight of the day for the many community group members who participated in it, as well as for families who gathered along Mira Mesa Boulevard and Camino Ruiz to watch it. MCAS Miramar Commanding Officer Jason G. Woodworth was the Grand Marshal. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, youth sports groups, service clubs, cultural groups, and more participated in the parade. The Mira Mesa Theatre Guild supplied three volunteer judges — Tim Arends, Roy Ang, and Betty Trinh – who watched the parade near the central announcing station in front of the Senior Center. Certificates for this year’s parade awards, as well as a $200 cash prize for the “Best Float” winner, will be presented at the August 6 Mira Mesa Town Council meeting, which starts at 7pm in the community room at the Mira Mesa Branch Library, 8405 New Salem Street.

Here are the 2018 Mira Mesa 4thof July Parade winners in the following categories:

Best Representation of Theme, “Saluting Our Heroes”: Warrior Passion (patriotic memorial pick-up truck covered with photos of fallen warriors from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan)

Best Non-Musical Entry: KickForce Martial Arts

Most Creative Entry: The 606 (Mira Mesa rock band, performing on a truck)

Best Decorated Vehicle: The 606

Best Marching Team: Mira Mesa High School Sapphire Sound Color Guard and Drumline

Best Car Club: San Diego Model A Ford Club

Best Float: Filipino American Retirees of Southern California

Judges’ Choice: Knights of Columbus

Oh, what a Fourth!

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Pictured: “Best Decorated Float” in 2018 Mira Mesa 4th of July Parade, by the Filipino American Retirees of Southern California.

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