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Pre-Independence Day Celebrations

Media Contact:  
Ed Barney, Assistant Director, Parks and Recreation Department
(650) 991-8006
Sue Horst, Supervisor, Daly City Senior Services (650) 991-8014

Daly City – Over 500 people are expected to converge at Westlake Park on Thursday, July 3rd, when the Doelger Senior Center hosts the 19th Annual Pre-Independence Day celebration. Starting from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., at 101 Lake Merced Blvd., the popular pre-holiday event in Daly City will be the destination site for those who enjoy great food and live music in a good ‘ol country picnic atmosphere.

“Every year, the local community looks forward to this unique gathering. This year’s event offers a wonderful opportunity to show our patriotism, and to express our gratitude once more to American soldiers around the world,” stated Mayor Adrienne Tissier, who, along with other city officials, will open the program at 11 a.m..

“A whiff of the BBQ hamburger or the jerk chicken jambalaya usually bring in the curious ones, but it is the entertainment who keeps the crowd around until closing time,” noted Sue Horst, supervisor of Daly City’s Senior Services Center.

With a variety of entertainment this year, music lovers may indeed edge out the crowd’s gastronomical seekers. Key performers who are expected to wow residents and their families this Thursday include the Molano Twins, Diana Ward’s Country Western Dance group, country singer Juanita Phillips, the Menzo-Ley Artists, and accordionist Walter Travero. There will also be a chi gong demonstration, vocal duets, line dancing, and a ukelele group act.

Food will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Back by popular demand, lunch costs only $5. The menu highlights yesteryear’s favorites, a choice between hamburger or hot dog, potato salad, baked beans, apple pie and beverage, or jerk chicken with jambalaya, apple pie and beverage. An assortment of chocolates and baked goods will also delight many.

A high stakes bingo, with a $100 top prize, is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.. Judges for the bake-off contest will select a $50 winner in the afternoon.

For added convenience, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department will provide limited bus service, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at four sites: Serramonte Center (near Marie Callender’s Restaurant), St. Andrew’s Church (Sullivan and Southgate), Lincoln Community Center (Acton and Brunswick), and Midway Village (45 Midway Drive). To sign-up for this free transportation offer, call (650) 991-8012 no later than 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 2nd.

Proceeds from the pre-Independence Day celebration helps fund the Doelger Senior Center, which provides comprehensive services and programs to Daly City’s growing senior adult community.

For more information about the event, call the Doelger Senior Center at (650) 991-8012.