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|The skies above Wheatfield Park lit up with a fireworks show that entertained thousands Saturday night.|
The event, sponsored by the City of Menifee, Lake Menifee Women's Club and Valley-Wide Recreation and Parks District, is annually held on the Saturday before July 4. Although the calendar this year set that date six days before the holiday, thousands lined La Piedra Road for the parade and filled Wheatfield Park for a festival and spectacular fireworks show.
Menifee Mayor Scott Mann and the rest of the city council members also rode in the parade, which featured youth groups and civic organizations. Children scrambled from their curbside seats to chase down candy thrown from the parade participants.
After the parade, people of all ages strolled through aisles of vendor booths in the park and set up to view the fireworks show. Children enjoyed a rock climbing wall, bounce houses and a kids' zone, while members of the Gale Webb Extreme Sports and Air Show performed bike and skateboard tricks. Hijinx Band and Cloud provided musical entertainment.
"The spirit of Independence Day is not only about the United States officially becoming a country," Mann told the crowd. "It's about celebrating the values that the country was founded upon.
"Remember that as Americans, we should continue to embody the values our country was built on. These are principles that we achieve and not just state. Our country, just like the City of Menifee, remains a work in progress.
"So on the advice of founding father John Adams ... have all the fun you want tonight, Menifee! Celebrate our Independence Day and show everyone what it means to live in the beautiful City of Menifee."
|Menifee Mayor Scott Mann waves to the crowd during the Independence Day parade.|
|Members of the Gale Webb Extreme Sports and Air Show entertained the crowd.|
|Face painting and tattoos were popular with the youngsters at the Kids Zone.|