Local residents once again filled Wheatfield Sports Park in Menifee on June 30 for the 17th annual Fourth of July celebration. “We’ve got a great crowd, good turnout, parade was great,” said Marcy Riehm. It began with a parade that left from Mount San Jacinto’s Menifee campus, ending at the sports park.
This year 22 groups participated in the parade, including the winners of local beauty pageants, a Cub Scout group, several cheer groups and workers from the local fire station. The position of Grand Marshall was shared by three special people.
“We have three veterans,” said Riehm. “Our oldest one, Colonel John Councilmen of the Marine Corps, was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. We also have Navy HCMS Chris Proctor, and he is a veteran of Operation Restore Hope in Somalia and the first Desert Storm, and then our youngest is Marine Corporal Steven Savard, and he is a veteran of the Iraq conflict right now; he just came home [last] September.”
This year, the celebration featured 64 vendors, topping last year’s total of forty-five. “We have more vendors and more food vendors this year,” said Riehm. Despite the heat, record numbers of people attended the celebration. “It’ll be thousands, I’m sure. Every year is a little different, but I’m sure a couple thousand at least