The Cambrian

Cambria’s July 4 is taking shape

Fireworks were banned throughout Cambria last year because of the drought, but holiday activities such as the ceremonial flag raising were still held.
Fireworks were banned throughout Cambria last year because of the drought, but holiday activities such as the ceremonial flag raising were still held. Cambrian file photo

Preparations for Cambria’s Fourth of July celebration are in full swing, and people like “Food Czar” Nancy Taylor, kids’ games master Mike Shanley and live-music organizer Jerry Bodine already are organizing their activities for the busy day.

The event at Shamel Park includes all the above plus the classical waiter-waitress and pie-eating contests, and George Gray’s DJ efforts and, of course, brilliant fireworks at dusk to round out the day.

According to Brian Griffin of the sponsoring American Legion Post No. 432, the celebration will indeed happen on the Fourth, even though it falls on a Monday this year. Previous attempts to move festivities to a weekend day didn’t work well — attendees seemed to prefer them on the day itself — so the Post has continued to hold Independence Day ceremonies and activities on July 4, no matter what day of the week is it.

The Pyro Spectacular show will cost $12,500 this year, all of it funded through donations. Past post Cmdr. Terry Farrell is manning the Fireworks Funds collection cans that have been placed all around town.

Donate at Cookie Crock Market, service stations, Cambria Hardware, the Chamber of Commerce, Coffee Den and other locations. Donation checks can be sent directly to the post’s Fireworks Fund at P.O. Box 697, Cambria, CA 93428, or taken to the post’s club at the rear of the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St., after 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

For details on the Independence Day program, call Farrell at 924-1814.

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