Crowds crowd local beaches, July 4th events


SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Weeks after the state reopened, large crowds filled the local beaches and July 4th events.

At Scripps Ranch, the spirit of patriotism was the march. A year after it was canceled due to the pandemic, the Scripps Ranch Civic Association’s July 4th parade resumed.

“The parade means so much. The whole community comes together and represents America. It’s really amazing, ”said Noah Wyatt, the parade visitor.

For the 50th anniversary of the parade, the participants enjoyed more than 50 floats.

“Missing last year was a disappointment. We’re back, better than ever, ”said Wyatt.

“It says that people want things to get back to normal, pretty much done,” said participant Tess Luty.

In the north, the Lake San Marcos holiday celebration included a patriotic K9 costume contest. Crowds filled the lake for vacation fun, which included face painting, inflatable slides, and lots of icy goodies.

Ron Stone, who is fully vaccinated, smiled all day.

“Everyone wants to get out. That’s my opinion after talking to people. Finally out and let’s go. It’s been too long, ”said Stone.

At Mission Beach, beachgoers celebrated the holiday by soaking up the sun. The promenade was teeming with huge crowds.

“No parking. It’s hard to get here, but it was worth it,” said Martin Franco Jr.

Franco Jr. brought his family from Temecula and marked their place in a sea of ​​canopies and tents.

“We had to go out and do something together, enjoy the weather. The fourth of July means spending time together, “said Franco Jr.