Galt celebrated the United States on July 2 with the 10th annual Independence Day Celebration (IDC), filling the day with a variety of festivities.
The day kicked off with a ceremony and 5K in honor of Galt officer Kevin Tonn, who was killed in the line of duty in 2013.
Robin Nelson and Sharon Hafner, who have helped organize the Officer Kevin Tonn Memorial 5K Fun Run/Walk since it began, stood outside City Hall and thanked attendees for their support.
Galt Police Department Chief of Police Brian Kalinowski spoke, announcing that the name of officer Harminder Grewal, who died last year from injuries sustained in a car crash, would be added to the Officer Kevin Tonn Fallen Heroes Memorial on the anniversary of Grewal’s death, Aug. 26.
The 5K participants then gathered on C Street under a giant American flag and started the run. For more coverage of the 5K, see our story on Page A8.
After the run had finished, the Independence Day Parade made its way along C Street, through downtown and back to the Galt Market grounds.
Dozens of vehicles and floats decked out in red, white and blue passed the excited crowds gathered along the sidewalks. Local businesses and nonprofits of all sorts were represented.
The Galt City Council members rode in military vehicles from the Eagle Field Foundation, which returned to the IDC after a three-year absence.
Debuting in the parade were fiberglass cow sculptures decorated by local businesses and organizations for the Galt District Chamber of Commerce’s Herd on the Street program.
Marissa McCammant and Kristina D’Anna were waiting on Fourth Street to support their boss, Dr. Jason Roach, who decorated Galt Family Dentistry’s cow himself.
Now that they’ve been revealed, the cows will be displayed at the businesses’ locations or in designated areas around downtown.
“And so we’re here for him and just for being happy that we’re Americans,” McCammant said.
Once the final floats and trucks had gone by, many paradegoers filtered through the Saturday Market, where they could visit a wide selection of more than 75 vendors. Other attractions at the event included a bounce house, clowns and a cornhole tournament.
That evening, the celebration shifted to Veteran’s Soccer Field for live music, kids’ activities and fireworks. Cover band Locked-N-Loaded played country songs while families chose their spots on the field. Children played on bounce houses or scaled a rock-climbing wall.
All the while, the sky darkened and the anticipation built for the day’s grand finale. At last, Brandon Adams, Locked-N-Loaded’s lead singer, sang the national anthem, and the field’s floodlights went dark. The audience cheered as fireworks lit up the night.