and other concessions, such as shaved ice, ice cream, cotton candy, funnel cakes, caramel apples, and kettle corn.

Food and concessions open at 3:00 pm and continue until 9:00 pm when all; activities stop in preparation for the fireworks display.

Some events and games will be charging $1 to participate. However, LARCS is offering a $10 "All Access" Wristband which will be good for all games, activities, face painters, caricature artists, and airbrush tattoo artists.

The all-day pass does not include food and drink booths, which will take

cash for purchases. The food vendors include: BLK Burgerz, Casa Ranchero, Chick-Fil-A, Dandy Cotton Candy, Jerry's Dogs, Kool Kahuna Shave Ice, Maui Wowi, Orange Monkey Kettle Korn, Rita's Italian Ice, Smooth Operator, Tacos and Company, and TJ's Woodfire Pizza.

Residents should note that because of the Freedom Run and the fireworks, Orange County requires LARCS to close some of the roads surrounding Founders Park at 5:00 am.

Photos on these pages and the cover are provided by LARCS volunteer photographers.

The holiday fun continues at 10:30 am with a community parade.

Neighborhoods, Ladera Ranch clubs, community groups, families, and individuals are encouraged to participate by designing a banner, wagon or float.

The parade will start at Sienna and Sellas and will turn up Sellas N around Founders Park, then down Avendale back towards the Avendale Clubhouse. The parade route is about one mile.

Adults and kids alike can also participate a Bike Decorating Contest.

Many local restaurants and food establishments have partnered with LARCS this year offering dinner fair

Known for one of the best fireworks displays in South Orange County, Ladera Ranch will present an incredible fun-filled day of activities at Founders Park, Avendale Boulevard and Daisy, on the 4th of July.

Culminating with a dazzling 20-minute fireworks show, which will begin at dusk (approximately 9:00 pm), the celebration of America’s Birthday will include a festive community parade, the Freedom Run, live music, fun activities, BMX demos, a Teen Zone, and delicious food.

The LARCS-sponsored day begins at 7:00 am with the start of the annual Freedom Run – 5K/10K Runs and 1K Little Firecrackers Dash – and a Pancake breakfast at Avendale and Daisy.

The Freedom Run actually begins at 6:00 am with walk-up registration and warm ups.

A pancake breakfast, held from 7:45 to 11:30 am, offers pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice for only $5, with the proceeds benefiting Laura’s House, a comprehensive domestic violence agency headquartered here in Ladera Ranch that provides residential shelter services, counseling, legal services, and a 24 hour crisis hotline to families throughout Orange County that are affected by domestic abuse.

Laderians to Celebrate

Star Spangled Saturday