Thursday, October 17, 2019

4th of July 'Festival of Balloons' 2019

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...

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...

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...