Residents flock to Fourth of July celebration

By: Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter
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Downtown Lincoln was transformed into a sea of red, white and blue as the annual Fourth of July parade rolled past an estimated 8,000 spectators. Leading the parade were some of Lincoln?s veterans, followed by restores World War II-era jeeps and modern humvees. ?It?s support for the military,? said Lincoln resident Bill Knudsen. ?That?s what it?s all about ? Independence Day.? The marching soldiers were the highlight of the parade for 10-year-old Chloe Anderson, narrowly edging out the animals. One of those marching soldiers was Army Sgt. Tom Torres of Lincoln. Torres said the Fourth of July didn?t take any special significance when he joined the military, but after returning from Iraq, it meant a lot more. ?It was like, ?It?s the Fourth of July ? we need to celebrate,?? said Torres, who is still in the Army National Guard. Following the military were cars carrying city leaders, floats for Congressman Tom McClintock and California Assemblyman Ted Gaines. Lincoln High School?s marching band provided music for the crowd, marching in the parade for the first time in 15 years. The parade lasted more than an hour, and included dogs decked out in their Independence Day best, dancing horses, classic cars and, of course, fire engines, among many others. ?It was great,? said Wheatland resident Tricia Williams, who attended the parade with her family for the second year in a row. Seven-year-old Caitlyn Perillo said her favorite part of the parade was ?when they throw out the candy.? Following the parade, holiday festivities were abundant at McBean Park, where a Kids Zone was the highlight for many. Cara Wefers said her son Jae was enjoying building a ?picnic caddy? sponsored by The Home Depot. ?We always come out here,? Wefers said, adding that she and her family have been attending the festival in the park for five years. Patrick Wefers said he thought the turnout was bigger than in years past. Other activities included inflatable bounce houses, a rock-climbing wall and bungee jump area. The pool was open, as was the nearby playground. ?It was excellent for the city,? said Mayor Spencer Short. According to Short, the festivities brought the town together and helped residents find time to relax and enjoy each other?s company. ?I love the park,? said Adam Nebeker, a 4-year-old Lincoln Resident. For him, the park was better than the parade, which was ?kind of noisy.? A fitting finale to Lincoln?s celebration of the Fourth of July was the annual fireworks show, which could be seen from most of the city. Lincoln resident Linda Tarricone watched the fireworks from her home in Sun City Lincoln Hills. ?They were just superb,? Tarricone said. Parade results: Best Equestrian ? Big Feather Shires ? Mel Fischer Best Float ? Girl Scouts ? Nichole May and Kitty Sutcliffe Best Vehicle ? Lincoln Little League All Stars ? Susan Munch Best Walking/Marching ? Lincoln Rotary ? Kris Wyatt Best Novelty ? Placer County Republican Party ? Kathy Arts +3 Chuck Wing/Grand Marshal Award ? Kids Kamp ? Stephanie Lombardi, Recreation Coordinator *Winners will be presented their awards at 6 p.m. at the July 14 City Council meeting at McBean Park.