On America’s 236th birthday, local Carmichael residents gathered to watch the 54th Fourth of July Parade on Wednesday.
The day started with a pancake breakfast hosted by the , which also provided musical entertainment.
Stan Read, the announcer and fill-in bandleader of the Kiwanis Club, has performed with the band at the pancake breakfast for 22 years and expressed his enjoyment of performing annually on July 4.
“July the fourth is always a fun holiday, to see the families come out and the parade afterward, it’s always very festive,” Read said. “This is one of the bigger groups that I’ve seen at the pancake breakfast in a while and I think it has something to do with the perfect weather (today). This is our favorite holiday to play for.”
Marilyn Caravello, also of the Kiwanis Club, volunteered as a cashier for the event and said that the satisfaction of helping out the club is what she looks forward to every year when volunteering.
“Seeing the smiles on people’s faces that we’re able to help out is what I enjoy the most,” Caravello said.
For the Carmichael Elks Parade, more than 100 different local organizations came out and participated. Lee Hardesty of the Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association Branch 13 said that he takes pleasure participating in the festivities of Independence Day.
“It’s always fun to drive our tractors around at two miles an hour and block traffic for everyone to see us,” he said with a laugh. “What I really get out of it though is the patriotism along the way and waving the flags; it’s always been very fun.”
Hardesty used to farm as a kid and he says that he can enjoy driving his tractor in the annual parade as a retiree.
“This is a very nice hobby for me nowadays since I have time to enjoy these holidays.”
The parade attracts huge crowds in the surrounding community. Kimberly Gordon of Carmichael, attended the parade for the second time and lives near .
“We live right across the street, so we wanted to come and check out the festivities,” Gordon said. “We enjoy eating the food the vendors provide and the old cars when they come too.”
For more information on future summer events at Carmichael Park, visit carmichaelpark.com.