Carmichael had a busy Fourth of July as local residents filled Fair Oaks Boulevard in the morning to watch the 53rd Annual Carmichael Elks Parade and showed up for the fireworks show at by night fall.
The sidewalk curbs along Fair Oaks Boulevard filled with spectators – despite hot weather - for the morning parade and the La Sierra Community Center grass field was packed with thousands for the fireworks display.
“It’s a great chance to come out and have a good time, bring family,” said Keith Jagerson, who lives just a couple of blocks from .
“[The parade has] grown immensely since I was a kid,” Jagerson, whose family moved to Carmichael in 1962, said. “I don’t even remember there being a band or musicians since the last four years.”
In addition to police, fire and military vehicle and personnel taking part in the parade, a variety of local businesses, members of the chamber of commerce, clubs and residents participated in the nearly two-hour parade.
“I’m sad to have missed the Ben Ali clowns,” said Karla Rockberg, who also lives near the park and arrived after the parade began. “I always come out looking forward to see them out here.”
John McLaren, who lives across the street from the park, said he has come to the event every year since his 3-year-old grandson, Josiah, was born.
“Josiah really loves it – really good to take the kids to – and is across the street,” he said.
“It’s been years and years of a relationship,” said Tracy Kerth, recreation services manager for . “(The Elk’s Club and the Park District) communicate to make the event happen – they have their venues and we do our part to make it all come together.“
In addition to being involved with the morning parade, the district is responsible – with support of donations and the – for the fireworks show, Kerth said.