The Anza Civic Improvement League hosted the “Welcome Back America” celebration in Minor Park Saturday, July 4. The event offered two live bands, vendors, the Thimble Club’s traditional pancake breakfast, Friends Uniting Neighbor’s Group barbecue, horseshoe games, children’s playground and more.
Social distancing and masks were recommended by ACIL board members for all those attending the event. Many people gathered in family groups and removed their masks for photos and eating.
The band Cowboy Bang Bang performed after Cody Wild from San Diego started the day’s musical entertainment with 70s rock favorites.
Pancakes with watermelon, eggs and sausages were prepared by Thimble Club volunteers, with assistance from other local civic organizations.
The F.U.N. Group served a chicken barbecue lunch complete with beans and watermelon.
“I arrived late in the day, but there was still music and lunch being served,” Edi Kandel said. “I wanted to go and see people out and about enjoying themselves. A bit of normalcy if you will. I’m so glad I did.”
Besides the barbecue and pancakes, various food vendors offered hot dogs, tacos, snow cones and cotton candy for sale.
“The food was great, and Marcy had a wonderful time playing with the other children,” Ed Budrovic said.
Children played on the park’s playground, tossed horseshoes, enjoyed treats and ran shrieking through a sprinkler supplied by ACIL.
“It was nice to see some friends I haven’t seen since the virus and hear live music on our Independence Day. God bless the U.S.A.,” musician John Knori said.
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