Public response to this year’s Anaheim Hills Fourth of July Celebration is further evidence that people are anxious to be out and about after more than a year of onerous COVID-19 restrictions. After being cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event came roaring back this year and attracted record numbers of people.
The mixed messages emanating from the Newsom Administration regarding timing and details of lifting pandemic restrictions, planning for the event – organized by the Anaheim Hills Community Council and the Anaheim Hills Chamber of Commerce – was delayed. Nonetheless, public response was strong and exceeded projections. The number of runners participating in the Firecracker 500 5K/10K walk-run hit an all-time high, as did participation in the Yankee Doodle Dog contest, where residents brought their pooches for fun competition in various categories.
Attendance at the 4th of July Parade was strong, and residents thronged to Peralta Park to enjoy the patriotic fireworks spectacular that capped off the Independence Day celebration.
“It was great to see so many friends and neighbors out celebrating our freedoms together, especially after this past year,” said District 6 Councilman Trevor O’Neill, who represents Anaheim Hills on the city council.
The primary sponsors of the event were the City of Anaheim, Veteran Air, OCV!be/Honda Center/Ducks, Anaheim Public Utilities and SA Recycling.
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