Happy 241st Birthday Today, USA! Solvang REALLY Celebrates!

There are so many ways to celebrate today with fun festivities right here in Solvang!  At 10:00 a.m. enjoy a Free Concert by Santa Ynez Valley Wind Ensemble at Solvang Park (Mission Drive & First Street). Then, the traditional parade starts at 11:00 a.m. presented by the Solvang Rotary Club that rolls along Mission Drive (Route 246); turns south on Fourth Place, then east along Copenhagen Drive and back to the starting point at Old Mission Santa Ines (1760 Mission Drive). This year’s theme is “American Heroes.”  2017 Parade Grand Marshal is a Solvang hero, Jim Kunkle, Sr., a highly decorated World War II US pilot who is a life member of the Legion of Honor, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy near Aachen, Germany, on Sept. 16, 1944. He also received the Air Medal of Honor as well as a Purple Heart. From Noon- 2:00 p.m. enjoy the BBQ and Free Concert by the T-Bone Ramblers at Solvang Park sponsored by Solvang Rotary Club featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, linguiça and all the fixings for $5-7 combos–with chips and soda or water.

From 2:00-3:00 p.m. enjoy a free concert by Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale and local musicians under the direction of Dr. Michael Elgin in Old Mission Santa Inés chapel (1760 Mission Drive) featuring Americana, traditional & patriotic music.

At 2:00 p.m., gates open at Old Mission Santa Ines for the 23rd Annual Solvang Independence Day Festival & Fireworks Show through 9:30 p.m. sponsored by Rotary Club of the Santa Ynez Valley . Admission is only $10.00 per adult; and FREE for children ages 7 and under, as well as FREE for active duty military and immediate family members with ID. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. The Solvang Independence Day Festival has food booths, wine & beer garden, kids’ activities including bounce castle, face-painting and plenty of time to kick-back & relax. All proceeds benefit local charities. Don’t miss the live entertainment on the outdoor stage starting at 5:00 p.m. Then at 9:00 p.m.—the amazing 20-minute fireworks show!

 Remember, there is free parking in public lots and businesses throughout Solvang year-round. The Solvang Visitors Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at 1630 Copenhagen Drive offering free maps, guides, savings coupons and plenty of information. Wishing you and yours a joyful celebration here in Solvang!

Solvang’s Festive Fourth of July Festivities

SolvangIndependenceDay2009--189 Celebrate USA Independence Day this Friday with some fun festivities right here!  You don’t want to miss the traditional parade that steps/rolls/canters/strolls along Mission Drive at 11:00 a.m. presented by the Solvang Breakfast Rotary Club. A barbecue offering hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and soft drinks follows the parade from noon to 2 p.m. in Solvang Park. A free concert of patriotic music by the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale and its Jamboree Band is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Building across from Old Mission Santa Ines. At 1:00 p.m., gates open at Old Mission Santa Ines (1760 Mission Drive) for the 20th Annual Solvang Independence Day Festival & Fireworks Show sponsored by Rotary Club of the Santa Ynez Valley. Admission is only $6.00 per adults and FREE for children 5 and under, retired and active Military and immediate family members with ID. There will be food booths, a wine & beer garden, kids’ activities and lots of chances to kick-back as well as buy raffle tickets to win cash prizes! Don’t miss the live entertainment starting at 5:00 p.m. featuring popular local bands including Spun Honey, The Foggy Dew and Bear Redell. Then at 9:00 p.m.—it’s what we all want to see—an amazing fireworks show! Happy 238th Birthday USA!  For more details, visit www.SolvangUSA.com

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