2017 Acton
4th of July Parade

Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July Parade
Rates High with Spectators

Story and photos by Lillian Smith

Color GuardActon may be a small community, but its heart is big and it can still drwa a huge crowd for its annual 4th of July Parade sponsored by the Acton-Agua Dulce Chamber of Commerce. Hundreds of people from near and far lined Crown valley Road to watch Acton residents as well as visiting groups express their appreciation fort the rural lifestyle and the spirit of independence. Over 60 entrants rolled, walked, trotted, dance, drove and waved their way down the Parade route. The morning was sunny and quite warm under a cloudless blue sky, and many entrants were armed with water guns of Deputyseveral sorts, ready and willing to get as many people wet as possible. They were met with members of the crowd, also well armed whose aim put cooling H2O on any entrant without a "No Water" sign. Unfortunately, some spectators thought a water filled ballon was an acceptable weapon; it was not. One little girl was hit in the face by such a balloon and the incident was reported to the Deputy Sheriffs patrolling the Parade.

"Music of America" was the theme, and wafted down the street from a number of entrants played by live musicians or recorded fro listening pleasure.Gary

Chamber member Gary Lubben once again took on the announcer's duties, naming the entries, providing some background for each entry and warding off the water gun toting kids on the floats as they passed the Announcer's table in front of Acton School.

The parade once again was enhanced by flyovers of The Condor Squadron, a group of aviation enthusiasts dedicated to preserving the memory of those who have served our country over the years. One of the Squadron's main activities is memorial flights inCondor restored North American Aviation AT-6/SNJ trainers originally flown during World War II. After the war ended, the venerable old planes often were assigned to National Guard and other units for training purposes. In 1965 several members of the 146th Fighter Group formed the Condor Squadron as a search and rescue unit of the Civil Air Patrol. Today, The Condor Squadron flies formation in parades, celebrations and memorials as well as performs other community services.Tack The Acton-Agua Dulce Chamber is grateful to the Watt Family, owners of Vincent Hill Station, who generously sponsored the Condor flyover again this year.

County, State and Federal agencies were well represented by Los Angeles County Fire Station 80, the California Highway Patrol and the United States Forest Service.

Young Miss Acton Cienna Taksony represented the Acton Royal Court.

VHS Murmurs among the huge crowd of Parade watchers confirmed that the Acton 4th of July Parade made for a great start to Independence Day celebrations this year following on the heels of a July 3rd dance - "Rock the Park" - at Acton Park that drew a huge crowd and went off without a hitch on Monday evening. Live bands, Soundwaves and Runaway Train, provided the music. The party and dance was sponsored by the Friends of Acton Park which engaged no host food trucks and a bouncy house for the free, family event.

Presbyterian Adding a tasy follwup to the Parade was Acton Community Presbyetrian Church. Church members provided hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks, popcorn and more along with a cooling station, kids activities, a photo booth and more visitors,

Once again, creativity and enthusiasm were on display as the floats and dancers and demonstrators and horses and riders and llamas and trucks and jeeps and a variety of other vehicles passed in review.