85TH ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION AT THE ROSE BOWL
Family Fun on the 4th
The Rose Bowl welcomed families to its 85th Americafest Fireworks extravaganza this year. It was Family Fun on the 4th starting at 2 pm in Area H outside the bowl where there was lots of great food, bounce houses, a game center, Captain America and kiddy rides. The Power Rangers ranged throughout and gave a big thumbs up.
Inside the stadium there was a jam packed show emceed by Ron Majors and Pat Harvey. The Mariachi Divas belted out beautiful melodies, Nickelodeon's Drake Bell rocked away as fans streamed onto the field in front of the performance stage to "touch" Drake as he sang. The Ives Brothers roared over a huge ramp somersaulting through the air on motorcycles as the crowd roared for more.
The crowd joined Mayor Bogaard and Congressman Schiff and friends to sing Happy Birthday to Pasadena in celebration of the city's 125th birthday and "blew out" the cake candles. The Jan and Dean Show sang their Southern California beach music featuring the "Little Old Lady of Pasadena," Then, the real live little old lady came out to wave to the crowd and light the fireworks.
Lois Matthews has been to several Rose Bowl events in the past and thinks the stadium a beautiful facility. When she found out that her grandson Matt and his girlfriend Lauren were going to be in Pasadena for the fourth, there was only one place to be. So, Lois and husband Phillip generously donated and the four of them had a smashing time! Matt and Lauren particularly enjoyed the Power Rangers and took lots of pictures of them and the fireworks.
All in all, this year's Americafest was head and shoulders one of the best!
It was quite a day. The fun was everywhere, inside the stadium, outside the stadium in the Arroyo and throughout the nearby neighborhoods.
The 4th of July in the Rose Bowl is an event all the more remarkable due to the community funding which has made it possible through the decades. It is a tradition that brings the people of our community together, whether one actually attends or not, to honor our nation and those who have served so nobly.
There is community pride in presenting this traditional event at our beautiful stadium set in the Arroyo Seco. Here are those individuals, families and businesses that helped to make this great event possible: