South Pasadena 4th of July Parade

An Enjoyable South Pasadena 4th of July Parade

We wish you an enjoyable Fourth of July! In keeping with tradition, the South Pasadena 4th of July Parade was in style in 2019. The day begins with a pancake breakfast, followed by the large “Festival of Balloons” parade, and ends with spectacular fireworks at South Pasadena High School. Due to my excellent location at the parade’s starting point on Mission Street, I saw all the fantastic groups marching along Mission Street toward Garfield Park. It wasn’t nearly as hot as in recent years, but the weather was still perfect. Everyone could be seen grinning and enjoying themselves. Many residents of South Pasadena were either participating in the procession or watching it. As usual, numerous local organizations were present, including marching bands, SPEF, the Boy Scouts, and SPARC. This year, the vintage automobiles returned, along with a brand-new addition: the Ace Hardware delivery van! Of course, many of our local officials also rode along the road.


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South Pasadena: A Unique Location

A suburban area with a small-town atmosphere, South Pasadena is located in the center of Los Angeles. Despite being close to everything, it is alone. It is a genuinely unique location. The city’s two main thoroughfares, Fair Oaks and Mission, reveal a charming community with top-notch schools, spotless streets, lovely historic homes, and many trees (it is a member of Tree City USA). The setting radiates peaceful decency and is noticeably pretentious-free. This could be attributable to the city’s modest beginnings and rich history. In a nutshell, this is the ideal location for raising a modern family. Native Americans lived there long before South Pasadena was founded in the late 19th century as a member of the Hahamog-na tribe, a division of the Tongva Nation that occupied the majority of what is now South Pasadena.


Rich History of South Pasadena Parade

For many centuries, South Pasadena claimed some of the oldest and most significant locations in the San Gabriel Valley, including its proximity to a natural crossing point along the Arroyo Seco that was a hub for transit and trade for the area’s aboriginal peoples as well as those who lived along the coast. The first structures on the 14,403-acre Mexican land grant, known as Rancho San Pascual, which later gave rise to the communities of Pasadena, South Pasadena, and Altadena, were constructed here. Notably, the first of these adobe buildings served as the headquarters for Mexican General Flores and his staff when they surrendered to American forces in 1847, ending Mexico’s colonial power in California. The San Gabriel-Orange Grove Association gradually acquired the land that is today South Pasadena. The association’s owners chose the name Pasadena for their town in 1875, and soon after that, the southern Pasadena citizens adopted the identity of “South Pasadenans.”


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