Valley Patriots Celebrate 2016 Freedom Fest

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A color guard proudly displays their flags during the playing of the National Anthem during the 2016 Freedom Fest on Monday night.
A color guard proudly displays our national and state flags during the playing of the The Star Spangled Banner during the 2016 Freedom Fest on Monday night.

EL CENTRO — With patriotism clearly displayed, thousands attended the 2016 Freedom Fest at the Imperial Valley College campus, Monday, July 4th to celebrate Independence Day.

Presented by KXO Radio and on behalf on the Imperial Chamber of Commerce, the Freedom Fest is known as the Imperial County’s largest single day celebration. This year proved to be no different as the Imperial Valley College athletic fields were filled to capacity with families eager to view exciting fireworks.

Visitors shopped the concession stands offering hot dogs, kettle corn and other fan favorites.  Glow-in-the dark sticks made for a truly remarkable display when the crowds of people displayed them under the night sky.

Shortly before the fireworks display, guests stood while the National Anthem played. The National Color Guard marched in military precision to the stage with an American flag waving on a large screen. A sense of unity spread through the campus, reminding guests of the true reason we celebrate Independence Day.

Once the National Anthem finished, a single firework shot into the air, grabbing the attention of thousands in attendance. It was then that guests knew they were in for an exciting show. A mix of powerful and vibrant-colored fireworks held guests in awe throughout the 15-minute display. The show ended with streaks of white fireworks shot in rapid fire which led to a red, white, and blue explosion, satisfying the patriotic Americans watching in the Imperial Valley.

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