Second Annual Celebrate America Event to Bring National History to The BLVD
The city of Lancaster will play host to the 2ndAnnual Celebrate America on the BLVD Saturday, September 10 from 5 to 10 pm.
This is truly a celebration about being proud to be an American,” said Lancaster City Councilmember Ron Smith. “It’s a time that we can go back and reminisce about Americans in times of adversity sticking together to overcome those. It’s also a time that we can honor the men and women who gave their lives to give us the liberties that we have today.”
Lancaster Boulevard will be adorned with flags and banners from Cedar Avenue to Genoa Avenue. The Antelope Valley Blue Star Mothers will raise proceeds for troops overseas, and also collect items to be assembled in care packages the day of the event to send to servicemen and women. Event goers will be able to decorate a Statue of Liberty replica with 9/11 mementos, photos and symbols of freedom. The replica will serve as an interactive 9/11 tribute.
The festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with entertainment on three stages; the BeX Stage, The Lemon Leaf Canteen Stage, and the Main Stage at Fern Avenue. Local favorite Lee Matalon & his Jazz Ensemble will kick it all off on the Main Stage. Immediately following Matalon will be the Presentation of Colors and the National Anthem, as well as a tribute to our hometown heroes. This tribute will include an opportunity for all local service and military personnel present at the event to have their photograph taken together.
Featured entertainment throughout the event includes: The Mike Hudson Orchestra, The Hollywood Hi-Tones, and new teen-group sensation R-5, who hail directly from the set of Glee and Disney Channel’s new show “Austin and Ally.” Character impersonators will include George Washington and Abe Lincoln who will reminisce on their lives and times.
Downtown businesses and restaurants will be open, and a number of vendors and displays will line The BLVD throughout the evening’s festivities. The Lemon Leaf Café will host a 1940’s style canteen. A children’s area will feature an obstacle course, rock climbing wall, photo booth and fire and sheriff’s displays. The hottest vintage car show in town will return with more than 75 classic vehicles, and a drive-in movie lot will be created for all to enjoy.
“The 9/11 tragedy has been a difficult one for our country to recover and heal from,” said Mayor Parris. “So many lives were taken and devastated by the horrific acts of that day. Every effort we make to honor those lives is a step towards mending our hearts and our nation.”
As with all City of Lancaster events, arts and crafts, as well as festival food vendors will be on site. A fireworks show will round out the evening. For more information, visit www.cityoflancasterca.org or call (661) 723-6077.