The Celebrate Antioch Foundation is set to once again host its annual 4th of July Celebration with a variety of events and activities.
Once again the fireworks and live entertainment will be down at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds starting at 4pm. There will be live music, car shows, kid’s zones, craft and food vendors and basically an all around good time! Then the evening will come to a climax with an amazing fireworks show put on by the Celebrate Antioch Foundation and the City of Antioch.
The day begins with a pancake breakfast downtown starting at 8:30 am. This is a free breakfast with a suggested donation of $5.00 per person. Our downtown shops will be open and fully decorated for a Patriotic celebration. The parade through the downtown starts at 11:00 AM.
The Parade is a fun filled Hometown Parade, entries are from all different community organizations as well as individuals. This years Grand Marshall is Emily J. Silva, who is the longest standing member of the V.I.P.S program. Emily has recently had her 84th Birthday on June 23rd. Emily has been a member of V.I.P.S since the program’s inception in 2001.
Chief Tammany Brooks says “The V.I.P.S program is an integral part of the Police Family”.
One of the Founders of the program Lonnie Karste says “Emily Silva is a cornerstone of the program and the community of Antioch is better because of her and all the V.I.P.S”.
Emily is a 35 year resident of Antioch coming to us with her Husband Joe G. Silva from Dinuba and Visalia CA. She has two children Joseph Silva and Sherry Swartz. Emily originally retired from Wells Fargo Bank and realized she had too much energy to sit still. Emily has always been active in her community. Emily is a 63 year member of Beta Sigma Phi, 27 year member of the Elks Club and before that a member of the Ladies of Elks (women weren’t allowed in Elks for a long time). Emily also is a member of the Young Ladies Institute. This work ethic is why her supervisor Darlene Flournoy says “The records unit relies heavily on Emily as she brings a work ethic that is unmatched”.
According to Celebrate Antioch, there is still time to get your entries in for the parade with entry forms available on their website. They are also seeking $4 donations from the community as part of their fundraiser.
For more information: www.celebrateantioch.org