Ramona Rotary’s July 4th Family Picnic & Fireworks
Schedule of Events
Gates & Booths Open 5 p.m.
Food & Activities Available……..5-9 p.m.
Announcements & Music with DJ Pat Connolly/Sound Prodigy…….5-6:30 p.m.
Rotary Contests (free)………. 5-6:30 p.m.
Ramona Town Hall Brass Band & Patriotic Program…………6:30-7:45 p.m.
Announcements and Music with DJ Pat Connolly/Sound Prodigy…….7:45-9 p.m.
by Patriotic Music Broadcast
Over KYXY 96.5FM Radio: 9 p.m.
VIP and Handicapped Parking (passes or placards required) is behind OPMS and the performing arts center with in/out privileges, halted during the actual fireworks show.
Vendor parking (pass required) is inside the venue, with no in/out privileges from 4 to 10 pm, to ensure the safety of the many people attending this event. General parking is in the front lots at the schools, but is limited. Early arrival (before 6 pm) is recommended. Entry to the venue is from the front of OPMS or through two pedestrian gates behind the soccer fields.
NOTE: the back gate near the Ag Department and near San Vicente Road will be locked, for safety due to fireworks staging area.
By Julie Walker
This is the 19th year that this event has been offered in Ramona. It was started in 1993 by the Ramona Rotary Club, whose president at the time was Roy Winchell. He and Arnie Fry were determined that it could be done, that the community would support it — and they were right.
For another 16 years, the Rotary club sponsored this event, bringing fireworks to Ramona each July 4th, along with a family-oriented event that has drawn thousands to enjoy the celebration of our nation’s birth in a fun and safe setting. The fireworks are enjoyed by even more from vantage points all over Ramona.
This year, the Rotary has help from community-minded organizations — Ramona Kiwanis and Soroptimist clubs and the Ramona Town Hall Brass Band — and from many community-minded businesses donating equipment and supplies. These include Ramona Disposal, One-Stop Equipment Rental, Hawthorne Equipment, European Portable Sanitation, Century 21 San Vicente, San Diego County Roads Department and Gravel ‘n Grit and the Ramona Chamber of Commerce.
This is truly a community event, and because of the support of area businesses and individuals, the show will go on!
Thank you to everyone who has donated to this year’s show. Together, we make it happen!
Julie Walker is a Ramona Rotary member who has been involved in Ramona’s July 4th Family Picnic and Fireworks since the beginning. She serves as treasurer of this year’s Fireworks Committee, chaired by Pete Schiff. A former publisher of the Ramona Sentinel, Walker is owner/operator of Walker Communications & Media Services. She has been instrumental in providing publicity for the fireworks event since 1993.
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