Jul 4, 2010 8:44 PM
It was a Fourth of July event where you could hear, see, and even taste patriotism! About 2,000 people came to the 45th annual Chico celebration held Sunday at Bidwell Park. "It's a great time to get out and mingle with all your friends that maybe you see once a year. You're supporting a lot of great causes, a lot of local artisans, business people; it's just a tradition that will go on and on forever," Andrea Moriarty, Do It Leisure Community Services Director stated.
The traditional gathering included a pancake breakfast, the Let Freedom Ring ceremony and about 35 vendors. Chico Mayor Ann Schwab says the Chico Rotary, Do It Leisure, C.A.R.D. and the city of Chico do a great job putting on the celebration. "C.A.R.D. has great activities for the kids, fun and games, we got music from the community band, pancakes and sausage from Bob's pancake wagon, it's just a really fun old fashion Fourth of July!"
The military was also honored. Many reflected on the sacrifices so many have made to make the united states the country it is today. "It's Fourth of July, it's our Independence Day, so we're thinking about that. Of course we have troops overseas right now so we're thinking about them, we're proud to be an American and it's just a nice day to remember everything that's gone into this country and what makes us the United States," Bay Area resident Jenny Brizzi explained.
The community celebration wrapped up with a musical performance from the Midnight Blues Society. Congressman Wally Herger and Chico Mayor Ann Schwab were among the guest speakers at Sunday's celebration.
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