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Celebrate America’s Independence Day, Monday, July 4th

Released: July 02, 2016

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At The San Diego County Fair

DEL MAR, CA (June 30, 2016) - There’s no better place to celebrate America’s Birthday and Old Glory than at the San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons. America’s Independence Day will be celebrated throughout the Fairgrounds ALL DAY LONG on Monday, July 4th featuring guest speakers, exhibits, entertainment, the Hometown Heroes Parade and The Most Patriotic Costume Contest where everyone young and old is invited to show off their Red, White and Blue Spirit!

Night activities begin at 7:30PM, with a presentation by World Memorial Guest Speakers Joe Torrillo, Tommy Fenech and Jack Delany who will take to the grandstand and share their personal experience and stories at Ground Zero during and after the 9/11 attack. All three men were in the thick of it on that fateful day. At 8:00PM the Special Edition Orchestra will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Glenn Miller and his wartime overseas orchestra featuring selections from the 1944 military band library. Patriotic songs such “America,” “St. Louis Blues,” “Stars and Stripes Forever,” “Rhapsody in Blue,” and “God Bless America” will warm up the crowd for the biggest and best fireworks display in all of San Diego County. AND right after the fireworks, comedian Sebastian Maniscalco headlines the Fourth of July show on the Heineken Grandstand Stage. After the show, the food stands and exhibit halls will be open until 11:00PM and the Fun Zone will be open until midnight, so stay and play, and continue to celebrate at the Fair! www.sdfair.com.

July 4th at the Fair - A full day of celebration for Our Nation at The San Diego County Fair:

9:30AM: Opening Ceremonies with special guests Jack Delaney, Joe Torillo and Tommy Fenech (O’Brien Gate)
10:30AM: Stars, Stripes and Stems Floral Design Contest (Flower and Garden Show Stage)
Noon: Pie Eating Contest with special guest Jack Delaney (Plaza Stage)
Noon, 2:00 and 4:00PM: Pro-Wrestling Live (Ford Dealers Paddock Stage)
1:00PM: Hometown Heroes Parade (Avenue of the Palms) AND everyone has a chance to get into the patriotic spirit on the Avenue of the Palms when a good old-fashioned parade kicks off. Special guests include the Steampunk Society, the Del Mar Fire Station, Dragon Knights, Circle City Sidewalk Stompers, a golf cart brigade and Hometown Heroes from our very own community of San Diego County!
1:00PM: Most Patriotic Costume Contest with special judges (Plaza Stage). This contest will also be at the Queen’s Court Contest Area in the infield at 3:30PM.
1:00 and 5:00PM: Monster Trucks, Mini Dwarfs and Outlaw Sprints (Del Mar Arena)
2:00PM: World Memorial Guest Speakers Joe Torrillo, Tommy Fenech and Jack Delaney (San Diego Showcase Stage)
9:20PM: Robot Resurrection Fire and Laser Show (Family Funville)

Grandstand Schedule

7:30PM: Special Guest Speakers. We are honored to have as our guests some genuine American heroes: Joe Torrillo, Tommy Fenech and Jack Delaney will share their stories and experiences as rescuers when the World Trade Center fell on September 11, 2001. As members of the NYFD, Torrillo and Fenech helped in the rescue of people in the World Trade Center attack and Delaney headed emergency services at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Both Torrillo and Delaney were buried in the rubble and will share their harrowing and heroic experience.
8:00PM: Special Edition Orchestra performs on the Heineken Grandstand Stage. Formerly the Miller Sound Orchestra, the Special Edition was formed in 2014 by professional musicians from San Diego County to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Glenn Miller and his wartime overseas orchestra, originally called, “The Special” by Supreme Commander of allied forces Dwight D. Eisenhower.
9:00PM: Fireworks (visible throughout the Fairgrounds)
9:30PM: Sebastian Maniscalco performs on the Heineken Grandstand Stage

AND the entertainment continues after the Grandstand show:

On the Coors Light Rock On Stage: Sully & Blue-Eyed Soul Band
On the Ford Dealers Paddock Stage: Street Drums Corps
On the San Diego Showcase Stage: Mark Yuzuik – Master Hypnotist

Transportation and parking

The COASTER train will run its normal Saturday schedule on July 4, which includes late trains running north and south so you can stay for the fireworks. (Some of the late trains are operated by Amtrak, but are included in the COASTER fare.) The SPRINTER and buses operated by North County Transit District will run on the Sunday/Holiday schedule. Go to: Holiday Schedule page of the gonctd.com website for more information.

Take advantage of a great package deal, the Fair Tripper, which includes Fair admission and the round-trip fare on all the North County Transit District trains and buses www.sdfair.com/transportation..
Park at one of our free off-site lots on July 4 and take the free shuttle to the Fairgrounds. We have three free off-site lots, open from 9:00AM to 1:00AM on July 4. Shuttles run continuously about every 15 minutes from the lot to the O'Brien Gate (the main entrance):
• MiraCosta College's San Elijo campus
• Horsepark Equestrian Center
• Torrey Pines High School
Go to: www.sdfair.com/parking.

About the San Diego County Fair

Start your summer with Adventure and Imagination!
“Mad About the Fair” is the theme for the 2016 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons which will run through Monday, July 4th. The Fair will be closed Mondays (except July 4th) and the first two Tuesdays.

Make every day of the Fair a “Frabjous Day” with the Best Pass Ever! ONLY $26! Valid every day the 2016 Fair is open through July 4. Come to the Fair whenever you want and stay for as long as you like every day, “Callooh! Callay!” (Tickets for general admission are $16 per day). The Best Pass Ever is non-transferable and valid only for admission; not valid for rides, food, games, parking, or any concerts that require a separate ticket. More info at sdfair.com/bestpassever.

Let the COASTER be your designated driver to the Fair! The $17 : Fair Tripper ticket includes Fair admission and round-trip transportation using the North County Transit District’s COASTER, SPRINTER, and BREEZE. A valid NCTD, Amtrak or Compass Pass is required to ride the free shuttle to the Fairgrounds from the Solana Beach Train Station.

Share the ride, enjoy the ride

It’s party time at the Fair and the fun starts when you hit the road! Avoid the hassles of driving and limited parking. There are many alternate ways to get to the 2016 San Diego County Fair. Take an Uber or Lyft and share the ride, or take public transportation and enjoy special discounts and pricing! For more information on public transportation go to: www.sdfair.com/transportation .

Follow us on Twitter for up to date traffic and parking information: www.twitter.com/sdfair .

The San Diego County Fair is the largest annual event in San Diego County and one of the 10 largest Fairs in North America, drawing more than 1.5 million visitors annually. Visit www.sdfair.com.

For more information, please contact:
Linda Zweig
(858) 792-4262
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