Hemet San Jacinto celebrate the Nation’s birthday with parade and festival

Members of the 11th U.S. Calvary Armored Regiment from the Army’s Fort Ewin, with Sabers at rest, march down San Jacinto Avenue during the Hemet San Jacinto Valley Independence Day Parade July 4. The mounted soldiers still ride today in unique combat situations. Tony Ault photo
Members of the 11th U.S. Calvary Armored Regiment from the Army’s Fort Ewin, with Sabers at rest, march down San Jacinto Avenue during the Hemet San Jacinto Valley Independence Day Parade July 4. The mounted soldiers still ride today in unique combat situations. Tony Ault photo

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.

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