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An Old-Time July 4th in Los Altos Brings the Crowds

Under the trees in Shoup Park, residents from Los Altos and Los Altos Hills enjoyed a 'Glorious Fourth.'

A diverse crowd celebrated the Fourth of July on Monday at in Los Altos, where classic American Independence Day music and festivities abounded.

From colorful shave ice to a dunk tank, the “Glorious Fourth” opened the festivities with the Ye Olde Towne Band, followed by a host of speakers, including Los Altos Mayor Ron Packard, Los Altos Hills Mayor Ginger Summit and former Los Altos Mayor John Moss.

“Let us be grateful for living in this fantastic area of America,” said Moss. “Today, the Fourth of July is to celebrate the foundation of blessings; let us develop a sense of gratitude for (our ancestors') sacrifices.”

At the wooded, 3.7-acre park, the young and old were entertained with music from the Ye Olde Towne Band as well as a petting zoo, balloon art, face painting, a guessing jar and an authentic barbecue lunch from Armadillo Willy.

Diana Harrington July 05, 2011 at 02:47 PM
The celebration at Shoup Park was wonderful. However two things really bothered me this year. For one, the only food you could buy was Armadillo Willys for $9! You couldn't even buy a soda separate. Last year we could buy watermelon for a dollar and all the snacks separate and all of the money went to the Community Services Agency (I believe) instead of Armadillo Willys! Second, the teen band at the end was so loud and off key that it drove away many of the older people and the lyrics were inappropriate for children. It was much better last year when we had one band at the beginning and one at the end that stuck with patriotic music. All that being said, I love Los Altos and I appreciate all of the effort that goes into putting an event like that on!
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