INDEPENDENCE DAY IN CHULA VISTA
Spend the morning of the Fourth of July holiday with the Chula Vista Firefighter’s Foundation (CVFF) who will hold their 11th annual Pancake Breakfast! Stop by Fire Station 7, located at 1640 Santa Venetia Street, on Thursday, July 4, from 8 to 11 a.m. and enjoy pancakes, sausages, hash browns, coffee and juice. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person and all proceeds go to the CVFF to support fire safety, community programs, provide support to those displaced by fires, and encourage fire suppression careers. Parking is available at Otay Ranch High School, 1250 Olympic Parkway, a few short blocks from Station 7. The event includes fire engine and truck displays and games for the kids.
A spectacular fireworks display will be featured at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center (CVTC) in Chula Vista on the Fourth of July beginning at 9 p.m. The Chula Vista 4th Fest fireworks will be set off with special simultaneous music on the radio. Participating stations are 91X, Magic 92.5, and Z90.3. Gold sponsor of the event is Seven Mile Casino. Launched from the athlete training grounds, excellent viewing of the fireworks is available at the CVTC and Mountain Hawk Park. Located at 2800 Olympic Parkway, the CVTC can accommodate a maximum number of 5,000 attendees. Parking via the Visitor’s entrance is limited to 400 cars and costs $10, cash only, per auto; attendees will be counted upon entrance. Gates to the CVTC open at 6 p.m. and alcohol is not allowed on the premises; vehicles may be searched. All animals and drones are strictly forbidden at the Training Center. Free parking will be permitted at the New Hope Community Church, 2720 Olympic Parkway, adjacent to the Training Center.
Mountain Hawk Park, 1475 Lake Crest Drive, opens at 6 a.m. and can accommodate 3,000 people for viewing the fireworks display. Street parking is available on a first-come basis. Traffic control will be enforced and Chula Vista Police will be on site at the CVTC and Mountain Hawk Park. For more event traffic information, go to http://www.chulavistaca.gov/4thFest
With the upcoming festivities, don’t forget about your furry friends! We know your dog is like family and you want him to be part of the celebration, but there are many dangers for your pet on the Fourth of July. The Chula Vista Animal Care Facility has a few tips to keep your pets safe: 1) leave your pet at home so he won’t accidentally ingest unusual food. Some picnic food can cause severe digestion issues and even death; 2) keep your pet indoors - even if your pet is used to being outdoors, the sudden loud noise of fireworks can cause your pet to panic and jump or even break through a fence in an attempt to escape; 3) have your pet properly identified - In case your pet happens to escape, be prepared. Have your pet properly identified with license tags and current telephone numbers on ID tags. Get your pet microchipped. It is also a good idea to have a recent picture of your pet in case you have to post lost signs. The Chula Vista Animal Care Facility offers microchipping for $30 available Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If your pet does happen to get out, be sure to check your local shelter to look for your pet and search www.petharbor.com. The Chula Vista Animal Care Facility can be reached at (619) 691-5123.
The Chula Vista Fire Department reminds everyone that private use of fireworks in San Diego County is against the law. All types of fireworks are illegal, including firecrackers, sparklers, bottle rockets, M-80s, roman candles, cherry bombs, snappers and poppers. Also, be aware that transporting fireworks into the United States from Mexico or any other location carries a penalty of fines, and/or imprisonment. For more information, contact the Chula Vista Fire Department at (619) 691-5029. To report unauthorized use of fireworks, call the Chula Vista Police Department dispatch non-emergency line at (619) 691-5151.
All City offices including libraries and recreation centers will be closed on Thursday, July 4. In addition, trash pick-up in the City of Chula Vista will be delayed one day. Those having regular trash service on Thursday, will have service on Friday, and Friday service will be on Saturday.