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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Santee Salutes the 4th of July

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

                                                                   Photo courtesy of Jay Renard
An estimated at 8,000 people turned out at Town Center Community Park to observe the 4th of July at the city’s annual Santee Salutes celebration.

The Danielle Tucker Band and The Mighty Untouchables had the crowd tapping their feet and grooving on the dance floor. A local gymnastics group put on an exhibition of their athletic skills. Food vendors offered everything from hot dogs to salads. There were carnival rides, face painting and plenty of games for the kids.

                                                        Photo courtesy of Cory Christensen
A dozen Marines from Camp Pendleton volunteered to provide security and help with parking. A Marine color guard, accompanied by Will Tisch who wore a Revolutionary War uniform, presented the U.S. flag and reminded everyone of what July 4th represents.

This year’s event had a surprise: A “flash mob” performance by approximately 100 folks of all ages who were recruited from the community. They rocked the park for more than four minutes with a choreographed dance routine that was captured on video.

The event, which was sponsored by Waste Management Inc. and Cannon Pacific, culminated with a fireworks show at 9 p.m.

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