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Celebrate Independence Day in Anaheim
ANAHEIM, CA - (June 25, 2010) - As we look forward to celebrating our nation’s Independence Day, the City of Anaheim would like to invite residents and visitors to the 22nd annual Freedom Celebration festivities at Peralta Park (115 N. Pinney Drive in east Anaheim), and Canyon High School (220 S. Imperial Hwy. in east Anaheim) hosted by the Canyon Hills Community Council and the City of Anaheim.  Please note, this year, all Freedom Celebration festivities will be held on July 3.

Independence Day activities will begin bright and early with the Mary Castle Memorial 21st Annual "Firecracker" 5/10K Run – 2K Walk and Product/Health Fair at Canyon High School. Registration is available online at www.active.com through June 28. Registration and check-in for the 10K Run will begin at 5 a.m., with the run scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. Registration and check-in for the 5K Run and 2K Walk will begin at 5:30 a.m., with a 7:30 a.m. start time. The Walk/Run is limited to 1,500 participants. All proceeds from the event will benefit Canyon Hills Community Council July 4th fireworks, dog show, and family events. Registration and packet pick-up will also be available on July 1, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at Anaheim Downtown Community Center (250 E. Center St.) as well as July 2, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at the East Anaheim Community Center (8201 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd.). Runners will receive a $2 discount to this year’s Pancake Breakfast.

The Pancake Breakfast is sponsored by the Anaheim Hills Rotary Club and will be held in the Canyon High School Cafeteria. Adults ($4) and children under 12 ($3) can enjoy pancakes, sausage, orange juice and fresh coffee between 8 10:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the annual July 4th Celebration.

The Yankee Doodle Dog Show will be held at 10 a.m. at Canyon High School. There are six fabulous categories: Best Dressed Dog, Cutest Dog (35 lb. and under), Best Trick, Owner/Doggie Look-a-like, Bigger Cutest Dog (36 lb. and over) and Yankee Doodle Dog. The entry fee is $10 per dog for the first category entered and $5 for each additional category. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at the event site.

Bring your family, friends and neighbors to enjoy the food and games at Peralta Park starting at 12:30. Entertainment for the evening will begin at 6 p.m. in the park and Pyro-Spectacular will start their dazzling annual fireworks show at 9 p.m.

Please note, there will not be a parade associated with the event this year.

Residents can begin celebrating Independence Day early this year with a free Patriotic Choir Concert and Ice Cream Social that will be held on Saturday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (441 S. Fairmont Blvd).

The City’s 311 Call Center will be open special holiday hours on Sunday, July 4, from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.  Dial 3-1-1 if telephoning from within the city limits, or 714-765-4311.  Please reserve 911 calls for emergencies only.


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