Category Archives: Fourth of July

Palisadian Rich Wilken: July 4th’s Preeminent Volunteer

  By LAUREL BUSBY Rich Wilken, 73, was only a toddler when Pacific Palisades held its first parade in 1948. He has faint memories of the next few parades, which he watched from the curb on Antioch Street. “I remember … Continue reading

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The Yogurt Shoppe Will Sponsor Kids on Bikes

Although there’s no parade this year, the traditional bike decorating contest is ON. Kids who decorate their bikes or scooters could win one of three $50 gift certificates to The Yogurt Shoppe on Swarthmore. For nine years, owners Kevin and … Continue reading

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Honorary Parade Marshals Are the Captains, Engineers and Firefighters/Paramedics from Stations 23 and 69

Just another day at the office: The wildfire broke out about 2 a.m. on June 10 near Getty Center Drive, and according to the L.A. Fire Department:  “There are 175 LAFD personnel assigned, battling by ground and air (4 LAFD … Continue reading

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World War II Planes Will Fly over the Palisades on July 4

In 1962, former World War II fighter pilot Richard Sykes and his friends started the Condor Squadron, a group that today still flies WWII AT-6 planes for various community events and celebrations. Sykes, who was shot down over Hungary during … Continue reading

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PAPA’s July 4 Theme: ‘Celebrating a Different Kind of 4th’

Given that it was faced by unprecedented challenges this spring, the Palisades Americanism Parade Association had to create its own theme for this year’s Fourth of July events. The chosen theme, “Celebrating a Different Kind of 4th,” reflects the fact … Continue reading

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Sather and Montgomery Return as Co-Sponsors of the July 4th Home Decorating Contest

When it comes to knowing houses and the right look, Pacific Palisades realtor Joan Sather excels, so it is no surprise she has hosted the annual Patriotic Home Decorating Contest since 2008. “I am thrilled each year with the love … Continue reading

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PAPA Expands Home Decorating Contest for the 4th of July

Since the traditional Fourth of July events have to be cancelled this year in Pacific Palisades–the morning run, the afternoon parade and the evening concert/fireworks–the emphasis will be on activities we can enjoy at home, as a community. For example, to … Continue reading

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PAPA Seeks a Fourth of July Theme from Residents: Deadline June 3

Although three of the traditional Fourth of July celebrations in Pacific Palisades have been cancelled because of Covid-19–the 5/10K Will Rogers Race, the parade and the fireworks–big plans are still afoot. And big plans for a Pacific Palisades Fourth of July … Continue reading

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Optimist Club Grant Applications Are Available

The Pacific Palisades Optimist Club, whose motto is “Friend of Youth” and whose goal is to “Bring Out the Best in Kids,” will once again make annual grants to youth organizations based in the Palisades or those that provide services that … Continue reading

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Former Pacific Palisades Honorary Mayor  Rita Moreno Is Rose Parade Co-Grand Marshal

“Ain’t It Grand: Moreno a Parade Star” was the headlined story in the L.A. Daily News on December 29. Rita Moreno, actress Gina Torres and Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez will be the co-grand marshals for Wednesday’s Rose Parade. People in … Continue reading

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