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Independence Day Celebration Fireworks , Music, Fun & U.S. Marine Band Finale!

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION:  The 51st Annual Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Spectacular invites the community for a free festive afternoon of family fun in the park! The Green is part of Grape Day Park towards Escondido Bl, furthest from Broadway.  

Here is the latest updated map from the Center showing the event and schedule. We plan to be at the green tree spot (see Meetup highlighted in Pink) between #1 the Main Stage and #6 Community Art Sale. Check the Meetup App for updates on the 4th and I will try to send the attendees my mobile number before heading out so check your emails.

Should be more of a small town old fashion 4th of July vibe.. None the less it will get crowded that's why the start time is 3:00. I've added 7 people to my RSVP give or take 2 or 3 . 
Anyone who wants to volunteer to meet us at 3 and  help saving space, let me know in comments & Thanx!  We cannot guarantee we can save enough places so come early and set your place up!

By 4 or 4:30 it should start getting real busy.Here is a link to the info & you'll find the download of the campus map so you'll know the layout: 
Download a campus map showing the location of the Great Green (PDF)

You can try parking by the Regal Cinemas or somewhere in the large shopping center on Escondido Bl across the street from the Center and park. There is also free parking in lots off Maple Street or street parking fairly nearby. Try using the address of 350 W Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92025 in your GPS to find parking at Regal Cinemas across the street from the Event. 

On the 4th there will be no parking on the Broadway side of the park or on Woodward, (on the east & north side of park).  .

Parking is extremely limited.  Please carpool or use UBER*.

*All 4th of July participants receive $20 off your first Uber ride. Sign up at  get.uber.com/go/center20or download the app, and enter the promo code CENTER20.

There will be food and beverage vendors at event. This is not a potluck. If you want to bring your own food, snacks, drink, napkins, plates etc, great! If you'd like to bring a bag of chips, cookies, fruits, vegies or something simple to share and pass around great! There also will be food and beverage vendors. Big Dev's Down Home BBQ, El Guadalajara Mexican Food, Pop'n Ma Funnel cake, etc. Wild West kettle Korn, and Kona Ice.

If you bring alcohol it must be on the down low, as no alcohol is permitted, so pour yourselves out a flask or disguise any booze you might bring. We're planning on enjoying, relaxing and hanging out without the excessive work of organizing. 

Remember to bring lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas or low rise sun shades OK, but no tall shelters, a jacket or wrap for the evening and anything else you need to have while we celebrate the 4th and enjoy each other's company. You may want to bring mosquito repellent. Anybody who wishes to bring a game or other entertainment is welcome to do so.

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  • lillian c.

    Thanks Meryl for setting this up. I know it was hard work, much appreciated.

    1 · July 5, 2014

  • Meryl

    Fred thanks for the Peter Pupping CD's! Really appreciate it. Will give me some good music to hear in my car.

    July 5, 2014

  • Meryl

    Great company, bands and fireworks. Event had 3 meetup groups, but with the Holiday and hot humid weather we had a small but friendly group. Escondido knows how to throw a great party!

    July 5, 2014

  • angeli

    Was nice and fun celebrated independent day party , thank you meryl

    1 · July 5, 2014

  • Meryl

    Mark & Andrew, Andrew You left your hat. Found a bag with some clothing item left, whose is it? Might be the zip off bottoms of pair of shorts. Mark did you leave a plastic bag with clothing? Also someone's low beach chair found.

    July 5, 2014

  • lillian c.

    I'm here to can't find u guys. Where are you. Is there some marker I can look for plz?

    July 4, 2014

    • lillian c.

      Do u guys have a sign or something? This doesn't help. Sorry

      July 4, 2014

    • lillian c.

      Found them. The blue awning is down and no sign. We are to the right of stage next to a tree if yr facing the stage.

      July 4, 2014

  • Meryl

    Right in front of stage facing stage more to right

    July 4, 2014

  • Bruce

    Looking like I won't be able to make it tonight. Enjoy the show.

    July 4, 2014

  • Cara

    Here & can't tell where group is???

    July 4, 2014

  • Mark J.

    To find the group, look for blue awning near the front of the stage

    July 4, 2014

  • Meryl

    we are here settled now we're on the right hand corner as the audience looks at the stage right in front of the stage by the tree

    July 4, 2014

  • LORI H

    Sorry can't go, am sick.

    July 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I have to cancel. Hope everyone has a great 4th!

    July 4, 2014

  • Pamela

    Sorry to not make the event today, decided to go different direction to Coranado..*Have a blast*

    July 4, 2014

  • Lynda

    The sprinter schedule that I viewed listed 10:30 as the last train out of Escondido.

    July 3, 2014

  • Andrew l.

    El Camino train Station is real convenient since I live in Fire Mt. What time is everyone leaving?
    Andrew

    July 2, 2014

  • Meryl

    Look for an email soon. Logistics map of the event to show parking closures & layout of the event. Combined event with multiple groups. Don't have space for multiple guests. This is primarily a singles event.Everyone please adjust your RSVP to no more than one guest.
    Will be including a link for Uber Ride for $20 off your first trip. Uber Ride will split the expense between multiple riders like a cab ride.
    Can anyone help out with signs? To print out a meetup sign go to the tab More at the top of page, find Promote, see create printed materials, see Table Top Sign, Click and follow instructions. Print a sign and attach it with staples or tape to cardboard for durability.Small American flags to stick into the ground would be great!
    Food for the day: I plan to bring a sandwich, drink & fruit. Remember to bring your own food & drink, unless you plan to buy from the vendors.
    Bring a hat or something for shade & wet wipes for cleaning hands.

    July 2, 2014

  • Meryl

    As soon as I have time I'll email attendees a special map of the the street layout, what's open and what's closed. If ppl can walk 3 or 4 city blocks distance they shouldn't have a problem with parking nearby. If you're not able to walk, then you'll need to use the cinema parking area or be dropped off. I have a code you can use that should give you a free one way Uber Ride. I'll send the discount code in the email with the map.

    July 1, 2014

  • Serena "Sparkles" C.

    Thinking about using the Sprinter-need to check the schedule for the 4th...

    June 28, 2014

    • Meryl

      You're brilliant! What a sensible idea and short walk to the Center..

      June 28, 2014

    • Bruce

      Great idea! I'll be leaving from the El Camino Real station.

      June 29, 2014

  • Meryl

    Irma, This is a beautiful venue, and I actually have over 50 RSVP's altogether from this and 2 other groups. I am expecting maybe half or less, based on past experiences. With that said, it's not a massively huge park and the center is planning lots of vendors and exhibits so it will be crowded. I want to try to "reserve" the space on the lawn, but it isn't possible for 50+ people. Grape day park does extend all the way to Broadway so there is a large park but the "Green" this particular part isn't a huge area for this venue. (Hard to explain) I suggest people come early if you want to sit together. Also bring hats or something to provide shade. I am trying to figure out how to prop up a beach umbrella in the lawn. There is also Cruisin Grand from 5 to 9 this Friday so there is more than enough to do over the days time. Museums open and vendors to check out too. If people can bring a game to play that would be fun to share. Check the Meetup app on smart phone for updates.

    1 · June 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would anyone like to carpool from Oceanside or Carlsbad?

    June 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Gwen, please private message me!

      June 28, 2014

    • Meryl

      Gwen click on Joy's name go to her profile and use the send email to communicate privately for exchange of phone numbers.

      June 28, 2014

  • Meryl

    Exln't to the pair of you Joy & Gwen for ride sharing! Stay tune. Will post the newly revised map with an X marks the spot of where we'll be in the park. It also shows food and other vendors. We will do our best to get there at 3:00 P.M. and place 3 or 4 lawn chairs and 4 or 5 blankets to mark our spot but space will fill up quickly and music starts at 4! So hope we can all sit together. Need a core group so people can go explore around and see the vendors, museums, and stalls while someone watches the blanket and space. Short walk to stroll to Crusin Grand which is from 5 to 9.

    June 28, 2014

  • Meryl

    Will notify you before event about where to find the group. Thankfully a helper/friend has offered to help so we can all meet and enjoy the afternoon and evening.

    June 23, 2014

  • MiataJosh'N'Anne

    Am going to see my darling hubby in GA! Enjoy this NICE event!

    June 22, 2014

  • Nan

    Sorry everyone, I will not be able to make this event. Have a great 4th!

    June 22, 2014

  • Judi

    Class reunion that weekend

    May 6, 2014

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