With the Fourth of July fast approaching, there are numerous options for deciding how to spend Independence Day.
From family barbecues to the annual Santa Clarita 4th of July Parade, there are a vast array of options to make this Independence Day memorable.
32nd Annual Independence Day Classic 5k and 10k
To start off the day, the Santa Clarita Runners will be hosting the 32nd Annual Independence Day Classic 5k and 10k.
The 10K race starts at 7 a.m., the 5K race and walk starts at 8 a.m. and the Kids K starts at 7:45 a.m.
The location of the race is at Newhall Memorial Park, 24933 Newhall Ave. in Newhall. Proceeds of the event benefit cross country teams at six high schools in the Santa Clarita Valley, according to the Santa Clarita Runners website.
All participants will receive a Jamba Juice at the finish line.
Annual Santa Clarita 4th of July Parade
The race is set to end right before the Annual Santa Clarita 4th of July Parade that begins at 9 a.m. The theme for this year's parade is "Our Heroes: We Can Because They Do" in memory of Jim Stone.
"As a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Jim showed his love for his country and community by volunteering for the city's annual 4th of July Parade for 40 years," according to the city of Santa Clarita website. "To recognize his decades of service, Jim was elected Grand Marshal of the parade in 2012.
He was joined by his wife, Bobby, who served as a Marine in WWII."
Jim Ventress, who recently retired as chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, will be the grand marshal of the parade.
More than 80 vehicles are planned for the parade line-up from various organizations and businesses across the valley.
Santa Clarita Sheriff's Station officials, California Highway Patrol officials, SCV Antique Auto Club, Santa Clarita high school marching bands and several Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will be participating in the event.
KHTS AM-1220 officials will be driving their 1948 Mack Fire Truck in the parade, as well.
For the complete list of parade participants, visit SCV News.
SCV News will be broadcasting the event July 4 at 7 p.m. and multiple times over the weekend. The channels for the station are Time Warner Cable 20, AT&T U-verse 99 or SCVTV.com.
Trophies for the floats including a best of theme award, grand prize award and first, second and third place will be awarded in each of the divisions. The awards will be presented at 1 p.m. at the Old Town Newhall Library.
There will be several street closures going on in the Santa Clarita Valley on July 4. Make sure to check out the story and interactive map.
Coca Cola Fourth of July Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Bring a Coca Cola can to Six Flags Magic Mountain during the Fourth of July weekend to get early entrance to the park.
The park is offering a ride time between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on July 4, 5 and 6. On July 4, Full Throttle, X2, Tatsu, Goliath and Viper will be open early. July 5 Full Throttle, Goliath, Lex Luthor, Green Lantern and Scream will be open early. On July 6, Full Throttle, X2, Tatsu, Viper and Revolution will be open early.
Full Throttle Plaza will also have entertainment, games and prizes.
"The Biggest Water Party in SCV" begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m atThe Church On The Way Santa Clarita.
Entertainment includes a 2,000 gallon water truck, a free barbecue, toddler play area, music and water slides for the whole family.
While Independance Day activities for Castaic Lake have been cancelled due to fire concern, the park will still have their regular activities including kayaking, moonlight kayaking, float tube fishing, boat rentals and camping, according to their website, according to the Castaic Lake website.
Sespe Creek Car Show
The car show in Fillmore is open to cars 1980 and older. There will be live entertainment, train rides, great food, and fireworks after dusk, according to the Fillmore Car Show website. The event begins at 9 a.m. through 3 p.m.
There are numerous professional fireworks shows in the Santa Clarita Valley and its close neighbor cities.
Westfield Valencia Town Center
The Westfield Valencia Town Center officials will be hosting their fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. The show will be accompanied by a special KHTS AM 1220 soundtrack that can be listened to on the radio or on the smartphone application. Guests are encouraged to arrive early as there will be traffic.
Stevenson Ranch Fireworks Show
Another fireworks show will be held in Stevenson Ranch at Dr. Richard Rioux Memorial Park. Gates will open at 6 p.m. and close at 10 p.m. The show is planned to begin at 9 p.m.
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Six Flags Magic Mountain officials will be hosting their Star-Spangled Nighttime Pyro Show at 9 p.m. on July 4. The show can be viewed from Main Gate Plaza.
Fillmore Fireworks Show
A fireworks show is set to be held in Fillmore after the car show. The event is being hosted by the city of Fillmore and TNT Fireworks & Phantom Fireworks officials, according to the Fillmore Car Show website. The show will be at Fillmore Middle School and will begin at 9:15 p.m.
Kern County Firework Show
Kern County Raceway Park officials are planning to present one of Kern County's largest fireworks display, according to a press release. The event "Fireworks Extravaganza" will be headlined by a NASCAR Pro Late Models race along with races from the Super Stocks, NASCAR Spec Mods, 911 Racing Series, and Bandoleros. Gates open at 4 p.m., autographs at 6 p.m., opening ceremonies at 7 p.m., and the Zambelli Fireworks Extravaganza will begin at 10 p.m. The cost for the evening will be $20 for adults and $10 for seniors 65 and older. Active military, children 6-15 years old, and children 5 years and under are free.
"Residents should know that fireworks are not only illegal in Santa Clarita, they are a fire hazard and one that we will not tolerate," said Mayor Laurene West. "Our message to residents is that we have a lot to celebrate and be grateful for on this wonderful day, let's do it in a safe and responsible manner."
The county's Fire Department set up a phone number to call, 888-654-FIRE (3473), to help people fire legal, authorized fireworks shows.
It is illegal to use any type of fireworks in the Santa Clarita Valley and deputies will be out enforcing the law.
Read Santa Clarita Valley Deputies Warn About July 4 Fireworks to learn more about the laws regarding fireworks in the Santa Clarita Valley.