The San Jacinto Valley Independence Day Hometown Parade and Festival July 4 saw thousands along the roadways and parking lots in San Jacinto waving flags, cheering and watching 50 colorful floats, a large contingent of equestrians and city and state officials march by, celebrating our nations freedoms.
Highlighting the 2017 Independence parade along San Jacinto and Dillion Avenues to the historic Estudillo Mansion was the Valley’s newest Army Silver Star recipient Don “Donnie” Simpson, members of the U.S Army’s 11th Armored Calvary Regiment on horseback, dozens of dancing horses, bands, gymnasts, muscle cars, and many nonprofit and service clubs on colorful red, white and blue decorated floats.
A mystery small single engine jet whizzed above the crowds who sat curbside and in parking lots on San Jacinto Avenue a few minutes before the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Posse bearing the flags of the United States and California passed by. Heads bowed and hands over their hearts the thousands paid tribute to our Nation’s forefathers and those that have died to give us the freedoms and the Great Free Nation we have today during the parade.
The parade participants and residents gathered at the Estudillo Mansion to continue the celebration through the afternoon. A special VIP area was set up at the Mansion to honor Silver Star winner Simpson and others.
The Christian and Sherie Tanuvasa family from San Jacinto, Talia, 14, Olivia,3, Asher, 2, Makala, 12, and Blake, 9, waving their American flags anxiously await the beginning of the Hemet San Jacinto Valley Independence Day Parade start July 4. The family never misses the annual parade. Tony Ault photo
The San Jacinto Sheriff’s Mounted Posse led the annual Hemet San Jacinto Independence Day Parade July 4 with 50 colorful floats, equestrians, the San Jacinto High School marching band, muscle cars, city and state elected officials and other entries. Tony Ault photo
What could be more fun for the children watching the annual Hemet San Jacinto Independence Day Parade than running out to pick up candy treats thrown from the people riding on the passing floats and walking along the parade route. Tony Ault photo
You just can’t have an American Independence Day Parade without an American flag in your hand. Hemet Councilwoman Karlee Meyer made sure of that as she walked along the Hemet San Jacinto July 4 parade handing out little American flags for those who did not have one. Tony Ault photo
What is a local city parade without the favorite city queens in attendance? Here Miss San Jacinto San Jacinto 2017 Dominique Hernandez waves her American flag sitting a new convertible during the 2017 Hemet San Jacinto Independence Day Parade July 4. Miss Hemet and other queens followed to the cheers of the crowd. Tony Ault photo
Girl Scout Daisy Troop 601 proudly pull their July 4 airplane float during the 2017 Hemet San Jacinto Independence Day Parade July 4. Tony Ault photo
The young ladies of the St. Hyacinth Academy Ballet Folklorico Dance Group happily swayed and spun around in their colorful Jalisco, Mexico dresses as they marched along the Hemet San Jacinto Independence Day Parade route July 4. Tony Ault photo
It was a real treat for children along the Hemet San Jacinto Independence Day Parade and Festival July 4 when they had the opportunity to pet one of the gentle T.H.E. Center (Therapeutic Horses Hemet) horses in the parade. Tony Ault photo
These Lipizzan and other “dancing horses” from all over Southern California were a special treat for those attending the annual Hemet San Jacinto Independence Day Parade July 4, along San Jacinto and Dillion Avenues. It was day for Cowboys and Vaqueros who took the opportunity show off their horses’ special skills. Tony Ault photo
It was time to take a deserved break for the youngsters from St. Hyacinth Academy who danced through the entire three-mile Hemet San Jacinto Independence Day Parade July 4. The lush, cool green grass in the shade of tree at the Estudillo Mansion where the parade ended was enough just to lay down in and rest for the exhausted children and their mothers. Tony Ault photo
It was a great time to end the annual Hemet San Jacinto Independence Day Parade July 4, with the Red Tail Spirit Indian Dancers performing their traditional birdsongs on the green lawn in front of the historic Estudillo Mansion in San Jacinto. Entertainment for the afternoon followed the parade at the Mansion’s July 4 Festival. Tony Ault photo
U.S. Representative Dr. Raul Ruiz joined the marchers in the July 4 Hemet San Jacinto Independence Day Parade taking the opportunity to shake many of his constituents’ hands during the holiday celebrating the Nation’s 241st birthday. A supporter of keeping fit and healthy, he walked the entire parade route along San Jacinto and Dillion Avenues. Tony Ault photo
Members of the San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce, one of the key supporters of Hemet San Jacinto Independence Day Parade and Festival July 4, wave to paradegoers from their colorful float pulled by a local farm tractor. Tony Ault photo
San Jacinto Mayor Scott Miller presents former Army Specialist 5 Don “Donnie” Simpson – a Hemet native, who was presented the Silver Star for gallantry in action during the Vietnam War – with a certificate honoring his service. Simpson was the Grand Marshall of the 2017 Hemet San Jacinto Independence Day Parade, Tuesday, July 4. Tony Ault photo