Independence Day in Rancho Bernardo, Poway
While the pandemic has impacted many holiday traditions, Poway and Rancho Bernardo are hosting events to celebrate Independence Day, including fireworks.
There will be three local sites to see fireworks – two in Poway and one in Rancho Bernardo. Residents of 4S Ranch may wish to attend as their community’s fireworks show will not be held for the second year.
Last year, the Town of Poway staged two fireworks displays, one visible near Poway High and the other near Poway Sportsplex in Poway Business Park. It was so popular that the city is starting over.
At Poway High, 15500 Espola Road, doors open at 6 p.m. on Sundays for the 9 p.m. show. Admission is $ 5 at the door, with children 11 and under free. The kiosks will sell kettle corn, French fries, candy, fries, Chick-Fil-A, pizzas and smoothies, said Allie Margis, Lake Poway recreation supervisor. Fourth of July themed party favors will also be sold, with the proceeds going to Poway Music Boosters. There will be music and Poway community services featuring free makeup and games.
The Poway High fireworks can also be seen from Lake Poway, 14644 Lake Poway Road. Parking is free for Poway residents and $ 10 for non-residents.
Poway Sportsplex, 12349 McIvers Court in the Business Park, will also have a fireworks show at 9 p.m. As the facility will be closed, viewers must stay with their vehicles which can be parked along several streets of the business park. A parking plan to consult will be available on poway.org before Sunday.
Rancho Bernardo’s Spirit of the Fourth fireworks display is back after a hiatus last year. Under current face mask guidelines (no mask required if fully vaccinated), the field gates at Bernardo Heights Middle School will open Sunday at 6 p.m. for the 9 p.m. show. Suggested donations of $ 10 per person or $ 20 per family will be collected, cash and Venmo accepted.
Fireworks will be launched from the adjacent Rancho Bernardo High School, 13010 Paseo Lucido. Free parking is available on the student grounds of Avenida Venusto and adjacent streets. Reserved parking can be found in the staff parking lot for Freedom Club members and those with a disabled parking tag.
At the Bernardo Heights field, there will be musical entertainment by the US Band before the fireworks show. Participants are advised to bring blankets or garden chairs.
Before the fireworks, the two communities offer activities to celebrate the holiday.
The Rancho Bernardo Fourth Spirit morning and afternoon activities – including the parade – won’t return until 2022. However, the Rancho Bernardo Community Council and Recreation Advisory Council are hosting free events. Saturday July 3 at Rancho Bernardo Community Park, 18448 W. Promenade Bernardo.
There will be an “old-fashioned” parade featuring locals on bicycles, scooters and golf carts; pulling carts and marching at 10 am on Saturday. This will be followed by a free carnival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities include carnival booth games, face painting, and a bounce house. There will also be food trucks for participants to purchase refreshments.
The council is also virtually hosting its 11th annual Patriotic Pet Contest. This is the format used last year.
Rancho Bernardo pet owners must submit high resolution photos of their pets in patriotic costumes. They are encouraged to get creative with the costumes and “pet patriotism” on display. Any pet can participate, including dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, hamsters, rats, and rabbits. Photo with owner’s name and pet’s name must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Saturday to [email protected]
By entering their photo, nominees give the RB Community Council full rights to use the photos in all promotions, including publication in the Rancho Bernardo News Journal and on the council’s Facebook page. The winners will be announced Sunday at 5 p.m.
A free patriotic ceremony will be held Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial in Webb Park, 11666 Avena Place, hosted by the RB Veterans Memorial Association, President Paul Atterbury said. Attendees will include BSA Troop 685 scouts and Navy veterans Gerald Porter as master of ceremonies, Charles St. Laurent leading the pledge of allegiance and Donald W. Schmidt leading the national ringing ceremony. There will also be a Quilts of Valor presentation by Kay Letington.
The keynote speaker will be Sam Magtanong, a 1999 Rancho Bernardo High graduate, military veteran and owner of a local business. His military service included his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his military service, the resident of 4S Ranch was awarded the Combat Infantryman Insignia and the Bronze Star Medal. He left active service in 2007 in the rank of captain and was in the active reserve until 2013, Atterbury said.
Poway’s old-fashioned July 4th celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road.
The event features patriotic entertainment, free crafts for kids, model train exhibits, old-fashioned carnival games, reenactments and more. Participation is free, although some aspects have a nominal fee.
Live entertainment will begin at 10 a.m. with master of ceremonies Extreme Rahim, said Sarah Becker, recreation supervisor at Old Poway Park. At 10 a.m. there will be an introduction to the celebration, followed by North County Brass at 10:10 a.m. At 11:10 a.m., the Heritage Dancers will perform, followed by a magic show and family games at noon. At 1:10 pm, Pacific Experience will perform, followed by The Garners at 2:10 pm Live shows will end with Watson, Beldock and Beach at 3:10 pm.
“Uncle Sam” will be available for photos and the Frontier Army of the West will fire their cannon hourly, Becker said. Shadow River regulators and Apache Canyon Gang reenactors will conduct train thefts along the Poway-Midland Railway, which will operate its speeder car or cable car. Trips require nominal charges.
There will be a model train exhibit and the Nelson House will be open to visitors. Although the Poway Heritage Museum is not available, family activities will be organized outside, Becker said. The Poway Arts and Crafts Guild will also sell merchandise.
Old-fashioned carnival games will be available for a small fee and free children’s crafts will be offered, Becker said. Face paint, balloons and cartoons will also be available for purchase. The Poway Valley Garden Club will sell a variety of plants, including succulents, perennials, houseplants and handmade vegetable gardens from 10 a.m. to noon. The kiosk will be located near the park fountain.
Several food vendors, ranging from snacks to full meals, will be available in the park, Becker said. The Poway Lions Club will sell a picnic and The Hamburger Factory will open.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7907 and the Poway Veterans Park Committee will hold a ceremony in honor of those who served at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday at Poway Veterans Park, across from Old Poway Park. The park’s Civil War cannon will be fired at the start of the ceremony and when it ends around 11:30 a.m., the Western Border Army will take care of the cannon fire, Becker said.
Because parking is limited in the park, free shuttles will be available from the Poway Town Hall parking lot, 13325 Civic Center Drive, and the Poway Adult School parking lot, 13626 Twin Peaks Road. Shuttles will run throughout the event.