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July - August 2012

“AmericaFest 2012” July 4th at the Rose Bowl

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Pasadena’s Rose Bowl—America’s Stadium—once again provides a beautiful backdrop for one of Southern California’s biggest and best 4th of July celebrations in honor of our Great Nation’s Birthday.

“Americafest 2012” is the 86th Annual 4th of July Celebration at the Rose Bowl. This year’s event, presented by Honda, honors all U.S. veterans, especially the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). Active service military and their immediate families will be admitted free of charge.

A variety of food vendors, entertainment, crafts, exhibits and inflatable rides for the kids will be outside the stadium in Area H at about 2 p.m. Food will also be sold inside the stadium. No outside food or drinks are allowed into the stadium. Families may picnic or “tailgate” on the grassy area outside the Rose Bowl. Stadium gates open for seating by
6:30 p.m. with formal opening ceremonies at 7:15 p.m. with the Presentation of Colors and the National Anthem.

The celebration concludes with the biggest Fourth of July fireworks show in Southern California beginning at 9:05 p.m. Tickets cost $13 per person; children 7 and under admitted free with paid adult. Vehicle parking is $20. Go to www.rosebowlstadium.com/RoseBowl_Americafest.php
for more info.

All motorists and residents are urged to use extra caution in the Rose Bowl area due to the anticipated crowds.

Founded in 2004, IAVA is the nation’s first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the lives of our newest veterans and their families. IAVA strives to build an empowered generation of veterans who provide sustainable leadership for our country and local communities.

Learn more about the critical work that IAVA does at www.IAVA.org.

East Arroyo Residents Association board member Marilynne Kennedy is this year’s Fundraising Chair who is coordinating donations that ensure active-duty military families and IAVA veterans can attend the event for free. Contact Kennedy at marilynne.kennedy@yahoo.com or (626) 577-3107 to help.