Julian offers up day long 4th of July celebration

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July_4th_Parade 24JULIAN, CA – A new 4th of July tradition begins on Thursday, as the first annual Independence Day Music in the Park kicks off in the small mountain community of Julian, CA.

Performances start just as the parade ends, at 1:30 pm, one block off Main Street at the Pioneer Park, corner of Washington Street and 4th Street.  The park is across the street from the Candied Apple Pastry Company and the Rongbranch Restaurant.

Seven musical acts, representing a variety of musical genres, are each playing 30 minute sets:

Jake’s Mountain:  Janice Smith and Blake Rogers —

Original Americana and Folk, guitars and dulcimer and vocals.

Mariachi Continental de San Diego:  Led by Fredd Sanchez —

Traditional mariachi music, with violins, trumpets, guitar and vocals.

Trails and Rails:  Paula Strong and Walt Richards —

Cowboy tunes and train songs, guitar, banjo and vocals.

Haywire:  Kathleen Beck, Jim Lydick, and Jeff Holt —

Original folk, guitars.

Glen Smith:  Classic rock and country, guitar.

Fictional Thing:  Josh and Alicia Rasmussen —

singer/songwriters, guitars.

Cierra Rayne:  Singer/Songwriter — Guitar & vocals.

This event is the result of the efforts of Janice Smith and Blake Rogers of the local Julian band Jake’s Mountain, and Ed Glass, owner of Butterfield Bed and Breakfast in Julian.

The Pioneer Park is centrally located in downtown Julian, and has been the location of the annual Christmas tree-lighting program for nearly 20 years.  Last year, local resident David Lewis constructed a new earthen stage to replace earlier portable staging.  The location and permanency of the new stage led to talks about doing more events at the park throughout the year.

The July 4th post-parade concert is expected to keep visitors in town following the parade, as well as attracting local Julian residents to enjoy the new venue.  Several local musicians are included in the afternoon event.  Food and soft drinks will be available at nearby restaurants.

There are several picnic tables at the park, hay bales will be there for casual sitting, or bring a chair, umbrella or blanket and enjoy the music before rushing down the hill.