Where Were You? | Remembering the Moon Landing 50 Years Later

The Moon Landing was arguably one of the most iconic feats of humankind not just this past century, but in our entire existence. To...

Flapjacks and Fireworks | Another Grand 4th of July in South Pasadena

Americana was on display in South Pasadena Thursday as there was no shortage of red, white and blue. With the days festivities kicking off at...

4th of July Parade 2019 | ‘Festival of Balloons’ Packs Streets with Pageantry

Another year for South Pasadena's biggest citywide event for the books. Across the nation, Independence Day is indisputably a day that brings people from...

Appreciating Our Freedom | Seniors Celebrate Independence Day

Robert Joe had a question for a roomful of seniors celebrating the nation’s independence. “When you think about July 4th, what comes to mind?” asked...

710 Freeway Fighters Leave Lasting Legacy

Every few miles along the drive up the Long Beach Freeway, cars pass underneath huge, green highway signs that span the roadway’s lanes: “Interstate...

Throwback Thursday | Fourth of July of 1912 is Picnic Extravaganza!

Census figures for South Pasadena in 1910 show a population of 4,659. And on July 4, 1912, nearly the entire city’s population turned out...

Valiant Dedication | South Pasadena Hero Saves Lives in War and Peace

James Fitzpatrick (Patrick) Anderson Jr. was raised in South Pasadena and he participated in many Festival of Balloons Parades. He marched for years as...

‘To the Moon and Beyond’ | One Giant Leap…

Indeed, it was one giant leap for mankind. Following one and a half orbits, Apollo 11 got the go for what mission controllers on Earth...

Small Town, Home Town Independence Day

Written and produced by Jim Anderson - Vice Chair, Festival of Balloons What are your plans for the Fourth of July? If you’re like many...

Festival of Balloons Committee | Making the 4th of July Happen

Producing the City of South Pasadena’s biggest attraction of the year isn’t an easy task, requiring long hours by a group of dedicated volunteers. Making...

4th of July’s Classic Cars | Model A’s Make Their Way

Written and produced by Tracy Perry  Ahooga, ahooga! That’s the familiar sound heard on the Fourth of July as Model A’s roll down Mission Street during...

Keeping July 4th Red, White, Blue, and Green

A pleasant philosophy on celebrating July 4th, recently overheard: "Everyone's got that crazy uncle. Well, no matter what you think of them, you don't...

Ted Shaw Looks Back | Salute to the First 4th of July Parade: Festival...

Ted Shaw calls it a “remarkable accomplishment,” looking back 38 years ago when South Pasadena’s first 4th of July parade began. Shaw, the town’s mayor...

4th of July Minutemen Band | SPHS Band Provides Musical Sounds

Talk about moving fast, Derek Castellano was given little time to pull off the feat. Castellano was presented the monumental task of putting together the...

Parade Lineup South Pasadena | 4th of July ‘Festival of Balloons’ 2019

ENTRY 2019 Festival of Balloons Parade 1 Fly Over by Foothill Air Support Team (FAST) 11:00 a.m. South Pasadena Police Department 2 Boy Scout Troop 139 - Color Guard 3 Minuteman Band...

GRAND MARSHALS: Jessica Samuels & Mark Swain from NASA’s JPL Space Program

In recognition of this year’s parade theme, “To the Moon and Beyond: 50 Years of Exploring America’s Freedom,” the 2019 Festival of Balloons Committee...

Keep Your Pets Safe on 4th of July

The 4th of July, according to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, is generally the busiest day of the year for animal shelters around...

Fantastic 4th of July Fireworks Show! | TICKETS on Sale Now

Festival of Balloons organizers are gearing up for another spectacular fireworks show, capping a long day of fun on Fourth of July in South...

Be in the 4th of July Parade! | Register TODAY!

The Festival of Balloons Committee, City of South Pasadena, would like to extend an invitation to to participate in our annual Fourth of July...

4th of July Cheat Sheet | Your Festival of Balloons Guide

Get ready to pull out the red, white and blue. A heavy dose of patriotism will mark Fourth of July in South Pasadena. An important...
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