San Ramon Honors and Celebrates the Fourth of July
Run San Ramon
Approximately 900 participants enjoyed the annual, morning Run San Ramon 10KRun, 5K Run & Walk and 3K Fun Walk. The race began and ended in front of the San Ramon Community Center at Central Park. Awards included medals for the top three finishers in each age group and the Mayors Cup, which is the 1st place pre-registered San Ramon resident for both male and female in both distances. The winner of the Mayor’s Cup will be invited to an upcoming Council meeting for special recognition. All participants received plenty of fresh fruit, ice cream and other refreshments after the event. Sponsors for this year’s run included Chevron, Forward Motion, Skyhawks, Dr. Dahliwahl, Sun Deep Cosmetics, Pop Chips and Peet’s Coffee.
Celebrate America, Celebrate San Ramon
This year’s July 4th evening event, Celebrate America, Celebrate San Ramon, welcomed approximately 2000 people. Attendees enjoyed listening to patriotic music performed by the San Ramon Symphonic Band under the direction of David Turner.
The Symphonic Band was followed by a special tribute to our Armed Forces. Mayor Bill Clarkson welcomed the crowd and California High School freshman, Ari Nikbakht did a beautiful, a cappella rendition of the National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner. The flag ceremony was conducted by Boy Scout Troop 834. The San Ramon Symphonic Band played a medley of the songs for the branches of the Armed Forces. While each song played, veterans and active duty military from that particular branch of the service came up front to be recognized and receive a City pin. There were approximately 50 individuals that were recognized and honored for their service to our country.
Next the audience was treated to a high energy performance by the popular band, Pride & Joy. There were hundreds of attendees up on their feet dancing to the hits of the 70’s and 80’s.
Also in attendance were representatives from the Blue Star Moms and Sentinels of Freedom organizations. It was a great way for the community to find out how they can help support these organizations that do so much for our active duty military.