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Pomona Hosts Fireworks Celebration and Parades the Goddess Pomona on the 4th of July

Oldenborg Assistant Director Luz Forero and Leah Steuer ’11 pose with Cecil the Sagehen (Katie Settie ’11)

Oldenborg Assistant Director Luz Forero and Leah Steuer ’11 pose with Cecil the Sagehen (Katie Settie ’11).

Claremont’s 61st annual Independence Day Celebration will culminate in a music- and fireworks-filled celebration at Pomona’s own Strehle Track. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the sky will light up in a 20-minute, music-synchronized fireworks show at 9 p.m. Local band The Ravelers will also perform at the festivities.

Pomona is also participating in the 4th of July Celebration Parade. A volunteer group of staff, faculty and student volunteers, led by Oldenborg Assistant Director Luz Forero, built a flower-filled float on Thursday to celebrate the goddess Pomona. Portrayed by Leah Steuer ’11, Pomona will be flanked by columns and harvest décor and accompanied by Cecil the Sagehen (Katie Settie ’11). For a sneak peek of the float and photos of the building party, visit our Flickr photo gallery.

The parade begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the corner of Indian Hill Blvd. and 10th St., and then moves south to Harrison, west to Mountain, and ends at Larkin Park.

Other Claremont Independence Day events include a festival at Memorial Park (840 N. Indian Hill Blvd.), which includes a pancake breakfast, children’s activities, food booths, and the Willard Hunter Speakers’ Corner, which celebrates the U.S. First Amendment; and the 17th Claremont Village Freedom 5000 1K Fun Walk and 5K Race Run and Walk.

Presale tickets for the fireworks celebration are $6 and available at Claremont City Hall, Claremont Human Services, Claremont Chamber of Commerce, Vons on Baseline and Wolfe’s Market. Tickets at the gate will cost $8.

Parking information, entrance locations, and addresses for presale tickets can be found on the City of Claremont website.

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/pomona-college/sets/72157620733269875/, http://www.ci.claremont.ca.us/ps.leisurerecreation.cfm?ID=1817