Mount Shasta ready for a sizzling Fourth of July

Mark Lassiter
Tom Morris guides his canopy of a wing in for a safe landing as part of his practice in preparation for his twenty-second straight 4th of July jump at the Mount Shasta Run Walk event.

Let the revelry begin! It’s time to celebrate the Fourth of July 2008 Mount Shasta style, the largest event of the year, bringing some 20,000 people to the streets to enjoy a variety of festivities from Friday, July 4 through Sunday, July 6. 

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Memories of the Past, Visions of the Future.”

Many events both old and new are being brought together, with enough variety to entertain all comers young, old and in-between.

New to this year’s festivities are a rock climbing wall at the Mt. Shasta Shopping Center on Friday, July 4 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and a day of family entertainment with Zippedy the clown at The Stage Door throughout the day on Saturday, July 5. 

Special events returning include the annual July 4th Walk/Run, which brings participants of all ages to compete  – or just have fun – in an event that raises thousands of dollars each year for downtown beautification projects. The event’s two mile route is lined with musical acts and other entertainers – and purveyors of gourmet food samples, too. The curb to curb music and festive atmosphere is going a step further this year with the addition of roving entertainers, who will mingle with the moving masses.

Most recently the Mountain Runners, who have been putting on the Walk/Run since 1981, donated $20,000 worth of decorative lights that have been installed in the trees in the business district of Mount Shasta Boulevard. Once lit, it’s been suggested that downtown may now be viewable from space.

From 6:30 to 11 a.m. on the morning of the 4th, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be held at St. Anthony’s Parish Hall.

The Fourth of July parade begins at noon on Friday, going through downtown on Mt. Shasta Blvd., starting at Old McCloud and finishing at Ivy street. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three floats.

Leading the parade this year will be grand marshal Mike Rodriguez, administrator of Mount Shasta Recreation and Parks District. Rodriguez has been a tireless contributor to the community for 35 years.

On the quieter side, Sisson Museum, which is celebrating its 25th year in 2008, will be hosting its annual Quilt Show at the Sisson Museum, featuring a variety of early American and local quilts, along with a quilt raffle, with the drawing to be held on Sept. 16.

For those with hunger pangs or a bent on shopping, vendors will be offering crafts and a variety of tasty treats on Castle Street throughout the holiday weekend.

The annual Fourth of July fireworks show will light the dark sky above fire-proof Lake Siskiyou. The show is scheduled to begin sometime after 9:15 p.m.

Downtown should be hoppin’ Saturday and Sunday, as the Castle Street stage features a variety of live entertainment acts, Castle Street vendors return, and Mt. Shasta Blvd. is transformed into a street fair from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Music and dancing in the street begins Saturday, July 5 at noon and goes until 8 p.m., continuing on Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. Sponsored by Positive Productions, seven different bands offering an array of sounds from acoustic to funk will be jamming out through the weekend.

The Christian music festival “A Day in the Son” is scheduled for Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mount Shasta City Park. It will feature free live music, food and family activities. 

And keep your eyes peeled in the downtown area for a traveling circus, complete with trapeze artists and professional acts (look for the purple bus!).

The Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for helping to organize and coordinate the festivities for the weekend.