An estimated 12,000 people attended Murrieta’s 23rd anniversary celebration on Saturday, June 28 at California Oaks Sports Park. The day-long event offered entertainment in the way of carnival rides, games, vendors and fireworks, enough to entertain old and young alike.
The city of Murrieta was incorporated on July 1, 1991 with only 24,000 residents. Since then, the city has grown by leaps and bounds. An estimated 107,500 residents and 9,600 businesses now call the city home. Saturday’s event underlined just how important Murrieta’s incorporation has become to those who choose to call the city home.
“We had many positive comments from our residents,” said Laura Frasso, special event coordinator for the city. “Each year the city tried its best to bring great entertainment with music and fireworks.”
Members of the community came out in full force, bringing blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets for the annual event celebrating the city’s rich history and diversity.
The Murrieta Birthday Bash is a tradition many residents have,” Frasso said. “They bring their families and come year after year. It brings them back to the hometown feel that Murrieta has, even with our growing population.”
A small carnival was set up on site where kids and adults alike enjoyed rides, games and treats.
One of the day’s most popular events, the Firemans’ Hosedown brought relief from the heat when firefighters from Murrieta Fire Department unrolled their hoses and sprayed down the crowd with thousands of gallons of cool, refreshing water.
“Keep in mind the city didn’t water the grass in that area of the park for about two weeks leading up to the event,” said Murrieta Fire Chief Matt Shobert, noting the city’s effort to conserve water without cutting the popular event. “We cut our hose time down by half this year, we only ran the hoses for just over 20 minutes and expended about 20,000 gallons of water.”
Historically, the department runs the hoses for 45 minutes to an hour, Shobert said, adding the hose down is done over the grass to avoid wasting water.
“They loved it and it’s been one of the highlights of that event for about 15 years now,” said Shobert. “We actually started doing it back then when it was a super, super hot day and it was almost a necessity to cool some folks down and it caught on like gangbusters and has become a showcase event over the years.”
Other activities included live music by Southbound and Company and Rock Fantasy who performed tributes to musical legends Jon Bon Jovi and Mick Jagger. The evening ended with a fireworks spectacular viewed by residents and visitors all throughout the city.
“Each year we strive to make the event a little better and we hope the residents had a great time,” said Frasso.
Organized by the City of Murrieta Community Services Department, this year’s event was sponsored by the University of Phoenix, Centerpoint Church of Murrieta and Navy Federal Credit Union.
Visit Murrieta.org for more information or call (951) 304-7275.