San Marino has once again successfully captured the essence of a quintessential small-town celebration with its Fourth of July festivities. This year, an impressive crowd of 643 competitors kicked off the 19th annual J.P. Blecksmith Memorial 5K Run, marking a delightful commencement to the day-long event. The celebrations concluded with a spectacular display of pyrotechnics that captivated an audience of over 9,600 at Lacy Park, rightly christened as the “Friends, Family and Fireworks” show.
The day was teeming with opportunities for the San Marino community to bask in the talents of its own. A medley of patriotic songs and performances led up to the grand finale, with an impressive lineup of performers who lent their voices to the celebration.
Highlighting the night was Gracie Modean, descendant of the beloved founding father of San Marino, Eugene Dryden. Modean’s stirring rendition of the National Anthem set the stage for the fireworks display that illuminated the sky. Further elevating the concert were the harmonious performances by Lindsey Segimoto and Amber Keys.
Adding a layer of local charm to the festivities, scores of young athletes from the San Marino National Little Leaguers received their well-deserved applause on the Lacy Park stage, following their annual town parade.
San Marino Mayor Steve Talt extended heartfelt gratitude to all those who participated in the city’s vibrant celebration. “It was a grand parade and gathering in the park, punctuated with a thrilling firework show. I am profoundly grateful to the staff who ensured the seamless progression of events,” said Talt. “Yesterday, I felt not only an immense pride in being an American but also in serving as the mayor of our exceptional city.”
The city’s fire department, led by Fire Chief Mario Rueda, reported a safe and successful event. One patient received transportation assistance from the location, but the overall event ran smoothly, with the fireworks show unfolding as planned. Police Chief John Incontro echoed Rueda’s sentiments, affirming that the celebrations went well. “Our bicycle and motorcycle details were in place, we assisted a few misplaced children, but we had no major issues. We all enjoyed a good time,” Incontro stated.
This year’s Fourth of July celebration delivered: bubbling with charm, grace community spirit. The cherished traditions of the past and the promise of an engaging future for this vibrant community were brought to life in a truly memorable way.