The summer sun was kind to the spectators and entrants, during Highland’s annual Fourth of July Parade, last Thursday.

As the Sheriff’s helicopter whirled over Base Line, with siren blaring, the annual parade was began at Church Street and Base Line.

This year, there were slightly less than 60 entrants in the parade, about the same size as recent years. This was the first parade organized by the city of Highland, after many years of Chamber of Commerce organizing the annual event.

The grand marshal for Highland’s Fourth of July parade, in 2019 was Highland mayor, Penny Lilburn.

With American flags and wearing patriotic apparel, this year’s shorter parade did not dampen the spirits of the hundreds of eager spectators that lined both sides of the Base Line.

Some of the entrants in the parade were an all-girl Boy Scout troop, classic cars, the Citrus Valley High School Marching Band, martial arts schools, the American Legion 421, local politicians, school board members, local businesses, San Manuel, dance groups, Cal Fire, and more.

As the crowd cheered and waved, some of the participants handed out American flags and candies.

Smiles were mirrored from the families and residents of Highland to the horseback riders, local merchants and civic groups, as they made their way down Base Line.

The parade concluded at the Highland Community Park, at the corner of Central and Hibiscus Street.

Sixth grader Justin Lomenick was waving a large American flag, on one of the street corners, as the entrants passed by his family.

“My favorite part of the parade was when the jeeps would climb on each other,” said Lomenick. “I hope they are in it this year.

“I like this (American) flag. It’s a symbol of what America represents, freedom.”

Dressed in patriotic stars and stripes and waving American flags, Viviane Ayon brought her children Devin and Jaiden to parade, on the warm and breezy morning.

“This is our first year watching the parade in Highland,” said Ayon.

“My son is in the parade. He will be marching with the YMCA basketball team.

“I think the parade is fantastic. It brings the community together.

“I like that law enforcement was present throughout the parade. It connects them with the community in a positive way.”

Gloria Pacheco, along with her family, were excited to see the parade in Highland.

“We love it!” said Pacheco. “We like this community. I know some of the musicians in the mariachi band that is going to march. My children love to dance to the music.

“My son, Christian, likes the cars and their bright colors.”

Highland residents Francine Waitish and Joan Hannold were waving decorated hearts with red, white and blue.

“I’ve attended the parade over the last 10 years,” said Waitish. “We love coming to watch the parade in Highland. It’s nice to see your neighbors in the community.”

Waitish is a San Gorgonio High School graduate.

“When I come to the parade, I see people that I haven’t seen in years,” said Hannold. “I like that it’s a small parade. Everyone seems friendly. We look forward to it every year.”

Short, simple and full of excitement, the Highland Fourth of July Parade provided a healthy amount of patriotism and entertainment to the residents of Highland and their neighbors.

It is America’s birthday. Let’s have a parade to celebrate!

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