Sunday, July 10, 2016

14th Annual Carmel-by-the-Sea 4th of July Celebration in Devendorf Park

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Carmel-by-the-Sea celebrates the 4th of July the old-fashioned way, with an annual family-friendly event at Devendorf Park.

Carmelites and visitors came out in mass for the centennial year 4th of July celebration.

They set up their blankets and lawn chairs and staked their claim for what proved to be a fun filled five hours of music, food, and activities. 

Our dog friends observed the party from the park periphery.

Carmel-by-the-Sea City Clerk Ashlee Wright started things off by introducing Mayor Steve Dallas

and members of City Council Jan Reimers, Bobby Richards, Carolyn Hardy, and Carrie Theis.

Mayor Dallas made an opening statement before leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance

and introducing  Lara Price who wowed us with the National Anthem.

Lara's band Velvet Plum started the afternoon off with their cover version of “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.  

Former mayor and Centennial Committee member Sue McCloud displayed a variety of Centennial items that are for sale on the Centennial web site at the Carmel Centennial table.

Food and drink were provided by local non-profits. Carmel Chamber of Commerce office manager was on hand with water, a copy of the latest Chamber's Guide to Carmel and information on the Chamber's new web site

The line began forming twenty minutes early for hot dogs. 

As the church bells in town rang high noon Merv Sutton of Yes for Carmel! began placing hundreds of steaming dogs into buns for hungry Carmelites. 
The wait, worth it!

Head to the Carmel-by-the-Sea Kiwanis Club for chips and soda, 

the Carmel Woman's Club for desert and 

Carmel Host Lions for the ever delicious Nestle Drumstick. 

Carl Iverson and Dawn Dull of Carmel Heritage Society provided the ever popular watermelon slice and   

Ernest "F" Griffin-Ortiz, Executive Director of Carmel Youth Center and helpers provided our second serving (and daily requirement) of fruit. 

For the rest of the afternoon we ate, danced, visited, played, listened to music, and enjoyed our independence!  

Thank you to the city of Carmel-by-the-Sea and all of our participating non-profits for helping residents and visitors enjoy an old-fashioned 4th of July.

Until next time Happy Adventures!

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Photography by LA Momboisse