Alpine Community Center Executive Director Shane Greer said they will be holding an in-person Fourth of July celebration for the first time since 2019 and are actively seeking out community members who would like to involve themselves with the event.
Prior to the pandemic, the Fourth of July parade would extend down Alpine Boulevard and end in a large celebration at the community center, Greer said but community center organizers are focusing solely on the celebration itself this year.
Currently, staff is getting permits lined up for the daytime event, planned for 11 am. .to 2 p.m. on July 4 so families can celebrate at the community center during the afternoon and still have time to watch fireworks at another location that evening.
However, organizers are still looking for community groups that would like to run additional kids’ games and activities.
“We have some churches and nonprofit groups like the Alpine Garden Club, Soroptimists, Little League that might be coming to talk about what they offer and do with fun activities for kids; it also gives them exposure. Alpine Chamber of Commerce might have a booth there and we’re in contact with some unique vendors but really not looking at it like a place for people to buy a lot,” Greer said.
Getting people to want to be involved is the biggest hurdle, Greer said, in part because it can be challenging to reach locals with so many different avenues on social media.
“Really, one of my goals coming into the community center a few years ago was to try and get more families involved. It’s progressing but a slow process, not just because COVID happened. There’s a lot for families to do in Alpine,” Greer said, and the center has responded by organizing spaghetti dinner movie nights “for parents who don’t want to cook” to take a midweek break along with a series of upcoming summer concerts in the park and the Fourth of July event.
Vintage rock band The Ideas is already lined up to perform on the fourth, Greer said, and Alpine girls’ softball is slated to showcase their skills out on the ballfield. In addition to the live music, Sparkles the clown will be there to entertain youngsters with balloon animals and Uncle Sam will be on hand at a photo booth. A magician is also going to make a surprise appearance inside the community center.
“There will be music outside, a magician inside, hotdogs and hamburgers for purchase along with corn on the cob, kids games and a beer garden— there’s going to be fun for everyone,” Greer said.
“We’ve been really fortunate to have some big community members step up and help us get through COVID. We redesigned the front entrance with all low water plants and succulents, and put up a plaque for our COVID relief donors so anyone can come appreciate them,” Greer said.
The non-profit community center is privately run by a board of directors and does not receive any government funding.
Visit www.alpinecommunitycenter. com for more information on this and other events. The Alpine Community Center is located at 1830 Alpine Blvd.