Get set for a festive Fourth of July

Decorated bike parade a Del Mar tradition

Come join the fun for an Independence Day Parade on at 9 a.m. on July 4th at Powerhouse Park. The Del Mar Foundation invites the families of Del Mar to decorate their bikes, scooter, wagons, baby stroller, and leashed pets, and to march at Powerhouse Park. The mayor and city council members will lead the parade, which is being sponsored by foundation again this year.

Start planning now to march in the parade. In former years, parade marchers have dressed up as patriotic figures such as the Statue of Liberty and Abraham Lincoln. Bike entries have come with streamers in the spokes and handlebars, and lots of flags. There were colorful wagons and carriages, and even a unicycle. Many women marched with sunhats decorated with red, white and blue ribbons and flowers. Marchers came with their leashed dogs wearing red, white and blue scarves, ribbons and jackets.

So start thinking how you want to display your patriotism in the parade this year. Assemble your red, white and blue fabric, ribbons, crepe paper, and other materials. Then pull out that glue gun and decorate that hat or bike or dog — or all three.

This year participants will march to live music provided by "Hullabaloo," who will play a short concert after the parade. If you don't get the opportunity to prepare to march, come on down to the Powerhouse at 9 a.m. to watch the parade and enjoy the music. Bring your beach chair and coffee. Following the parade officials will pass out ribbons to some of the best parade entrants in various age categories.

The event is free of charge. Adult supervision is required for all children.

Advice for anyone heading to La Jolla for the 26th annual Fourth of July festivities: Be prepared for a great time, say organizers, but come early, bring a jacket and brace for traffic. The same advice holds true for fireworks displays planned throughout the county. (See below for a sampling.)

On July 4 from 5 to 10 p.m., Coast Boulevard will be closed to parking from the lifeguard station to South Coast Boulevard and Cave Street going down to the Cove will be off-limits to through traffic.

In its second year running the show at La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Community Fireworks Foundation members say they're excited the courtroom drama is behind them and they're ready for a fun event.

They were feeling even more relieved late Friday when Livia Borak, a legal a legal intern with Gonzalez's Coast Law Group said Friday at 5 p.m. that they did not appeal the denial of their request for a temporary restraining order to stop the display because of environmental concerns.

"But we are still going to pursue the underlying claims," she said. She would not elaborate.

The grassy area at Scripps Park will fill up early so those who want a seat near the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band and the Four Bones Trombone Quartet should plan ahead, said Adam Harris, who organized the foundation with a lot of hard work from Deborah Marengo of Goldfish Point Cafe.

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