The annual Galt Independence Day Celebration started early Thursday morning as over 100 participants gathered for the 7th annual Officer Kevin Tonn 5K Fun Run. Police Chief Tod Sockman, among others, said a few words about Officer Tonn before the race began. Sockman talked about some of Tonn’s accomplishments and how he touched so many people’s lives.
Race participants then lined up under a huge American Flag hanging over C Street near Civic Drive. With a signal from Sockman, the runners took off over the streets of Galt.
Soon after the last runners crossed the finish line, chairs and blankets began to appear, lining the streets along the parade route. Hundreds of Galt residents and guests found their favorites spots to have the best view of the parade.
Children and adults alike scrambled to grab candy being thrown from many of the floats and other entries, which included antique farm equipment, muscle cars and fancy-footed horses.
Veterans Field was the place to be later in that evening, where attendees enjoyed live music from Kind of Blue Band, food vendors and kids zone, complete with a climbing wall, bounce houses and bull riding.
At dusk Veterans Field filled up very fast, and all the surrounding streets and parking lots too, especially since Midway Mania carnival occupied one of the larger city lots.
The carnival was a nice addition to this year’s festivities, offering rides, food and games to an already well-received city event.
The day’s festivities ended with the sky exploding with colorful fireworks that could be seen by event goers and anyone within miles of town, and enjoyed by the swimmers at the Gora Aquatic Center.