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2016 Freedom Fest, Souvenir Event Program Morgan Hill


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    Paiotic Sing

    Freed Run

    C Cruise n Sh

    Family Seet Dance

    Fewks With A Spash

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    2016 is here and Independence Day Celebration (IDC) once again brings the Freedom Fest events to Morgan Hill in recognition of the July 4th holiday. Our dedicated group of patriotic community -minded volunteers have worked closely together over the past decades, making us feel more like a big family. United, we share a common vision, an ideal of how to serve our community. This year as we celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave, our theme is America, My Home Sweet Home.

    Home means many things to many people, but we can probably all agree we want home to be a safe and happy place. Over the centuries millions of people have left their homes to come to America. Looking for a better life or more opportunity or fleeing persecution, they came for a better life, a better home for them-selves and their families. For those of us whose parents made the journey on our behalf, we can enjoy the sweet home America can be, but it is up to us to make it happen.

    Home for me has been many places. Born in Ohio, we lived in three different houses in the Dayton area with stops in Florida and Texas before moving to California. While my father was not in the military, we lived in nine house (Homes) before I moved out on my own. My early adult years were no different. My family and I now live in home number 18 for me, but only home number two for my daughter. That means a lot to me. The fourteen years I have spent in Morgan Hill is the longest I have ever lived anywhere.

    Even though I lived in many places, they were all home to me because my family and friends were there. Morgan Hill has been a special home for me. It is a vibrant place with a strong sense

    of community and willingness to give back that I havent seen anywhere else in my travels. You can see every-where in town. Through our churches, schools, volunteer organizations, businesses, sports clubs, city government and employees, everyone is working hard to make Morgan Hill Home Sweet Home.

    The IDC family invites you and your family to join the Morgan Hill Freedom Fest events as we create a little Morgan Hill hominess for all of us by celebrating America, Home Sweet Home. Jeff Dixon, IDC President

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    Mission StatementIndependence Day Celebrations (IDC) is a non-profit organization committed to uniting the community of Morgan Hill, CA around the vision of our founding fathers who boldly proclaimed that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We are committed to reinforcing and sustaining the principles of American freedom in our community through Independence Day events of the Morgan Hill Freedom Fest.

    PROGRAM DESIGN & LAYOUT: J. Chris Mickartz, IPC Publishing (Publishers of gmhTODAY Magazine)

    2016 Committee MembersSTAN SEAGREN Car Cruise and Show Chair

    ELIZABETH JOLISSAINTSecretary, Volunteers

    KAREN CRANE Patriotic Sing ChairEssay Contest Chair

    DENNIS DAL POGGETTO Family Street Dance Chair

    JEFF DIXON President, LogisticsFireworks on the Green

    RICH GAMBOA Vice President,Music Coordinator

    TIM GOODELL Logistics

    BOB HUNT Parade Chair

    MAUREEN HUNT Parade Chair

    KIM MOYANOTreasurer

    FRANCES NANCE Marketing, Publicity Chair

    MANNY PADILLA Family Street Dance Co-Chair

    ANN ROBERTS Sponsor Concierge

    COMMITTEE: Front Row (l-r) Bill Carlson, Kim Moyano, Dennis Dal Poggetto, Frances Nance, Jeff Dixon. Second Row (l-r) Maureen Hunt, Jane Thuirer, Tim Goodell, Bev VanderWeide, Manny Padilla, Bob Mutzenberg, Donna Cowan, Don Cowan. Thirrd Row (l-r) Bob Hunt, Charles Weston, Woody Salyer, Elizabeth Jolissaint, Michael Brookman, Ann Roberts, Stan Seagren. Not in photo: Karen Crane


    CHARLES WESTONPast President, Freedom Run Chair,Fundraising Chair

    BILL CARLSON Vendors

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    Service Department open 7 days a week!

    Over 700 new and pre-owned vehicles all clearly marked with our Bottom-Line Sale Price right on the window!

    We sell all of our vehicles at fleet prices every day, and our sales

    personnel are not compensated on commission. This provides a haggle free environment that our customers love!

    Check us out at or visit us right off the 101 at the East Dunne exit!

    The Ford Store Morgan Hill

    #1 Ford Dealer in all of the Bay Area!

    How? With our huge selection of vehicles and our bottom line sale prices!

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    Letter From Our Mayor

    Amica MY HOME SWEET HOME17555 Peak Avenue

    Morgan Hill, CA 95037-4128TEL: 408-779-7271FAX: 408-779-3117



    Welcome to Morgan Hill! We are so glad that you chose our wonderful city as your destination for this years celebration of our nations founding. This years theme of America My Home Sweet Home captures the spirit of the United States as a place for freedom, opportunity and the pursuit of happiness. It also reflects our community as a perfect sweet spot to gather in celebration of our wonderful nation!

    Our residents love Morgan Hills small-town ambience and spirit of community. They are engaged, working together with passion to accomplish community goals, striving to improve an already great community. They come out in mass for our annual Fourth of July Freedom Fest celebratory series of events which exemplify all that is so very good about Morgan Hill. so , on behalf of the Morgan Hill City Council, it is with great pride that I welcome you to this years celebration of Independence Day. I know you will thoroughly enjoy all the events you attend.

    Freedom Fest is produced by Independence Day Celebrations which is staffed entirely by dedicated Morgan Hill community volunteers. They work tirelessly for many months to prepare the rich, entertaining menu of events for you to enjoy. They represent the spirit of volunteerism that makes Morgan Hill such an enjoyable community we so much appreciate their significant contributions to make the holiday so festive and fun.

    Events kick-off July 3 with the Patriotic Sing at the Community Center Amphitheater. It is a real hidden gem, giving you a chance to meet exuberant Morgan Hill youth who will thoroughly charm and entertain you. After the Sing, move up Monterey Road a couple of blocks to our fabulous down-town for the Family Music Fest with entertainment for all ages. Rise early on the 4th to run the 5K on the parade course. The grand parade commences mid-morning, starting with a Classic Car Cruise. Fireworks commence at sunset at our Outdoor Sports Complex. Preceded by entertainment, they close out the events in a very spectacular way!

    We encourage visitors to Morgan Hill this holiday to get to know us, enjoy our home-town atmosphere, and visit our shops, restaurants, wineries, beautiful back roads and other amenities. Have a safe, sane and very enjoyable holiday!


    Steve Tate

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    2016 Event Schedule

    Sunday, July 3

    Patriotic SingMorgan Hill Downtown Amphitheater

    (Corner of E. Dunne Avenue & Monterey Road)6:00 7:00 pm

    Family Street DanceDowntown Morgan Hill (Third Street & Monterey Road)

    7:00 11:00 pm

    Monday, July 4

    1 Mile Childrens Run 5K Walk/RunRegistration at Parking Lot (SW Corner Peak and Main)

    6:30 7:45 am1 Mile Childrens Run starts at 7:45 am

    5K Walk/Run starts at 8:00 am

    Car Cruise n ShowRegistration at Community Center

    7:30 amCar Cruise 9:30 am

    Car Show After The Parade

    ParadeDowntown Morgan Hill

    Entertainment begins at 9:00 amParade starts at 10:00 am

    Fireworks With A SplashCool off at the Dennis Kennedy Aquatics Center (16200 Condit Road)

    Doors open from 6 -10 pm (Purchase tickets at

    Fireworks at Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center (On Condit between Tennant & E. Dunne Avenues)Entertainment at 5:00 pm Fireworks at dark

    Independence Day Celebrations, Inc is a 501c(3) non-prot organization.Tax ID#45-0970609

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    E ach year, our talented Parade Chairpersons, Bob and Maureen Hunt, present the members of Freedom Fest with their idea for a wonderful theme for our 4th of July events. This years theme was eagerly adopted by Freedom Fest and is: America, My Home, Sweet, Home. Once the theme was announced, the children of Morgan Hill and San Martin were encouraged to enter the Freedom Fest Essay Contest. Their topic was: Why is America such a great place to call your Home, Sweet, Home? Our panel of judges had the difficult task of choosing winners in our two divisions: Children in 2nd and 3rd Grades (Primary) and Children in 4th, 5th, and 6th Grades (Intermediate).

    Essay Contest

    Children wrote about Americas beauty, democracy, opportunity for education and jobs, f