Parade photos by Ryan Cronk / Fireworks photo by Tonya Privett Roach
KING CITY — King City kicked off its annual Independence Day celebration a day early this year with the local Chamber’s fireworks show at the Salinas Valley Fair’s Stampede Arena, drawing nearly 700 spectators to the grandstand to view the display while thousands more watched from the surrounding area.
“Thanks to King City residents for turning out,” said Chamber Manager Janet Bessemer. “And big, big thanks to our sponsors for making it possible with their donations, to board members for coordinating and gathering donations and to the City of King and police department for their support and cooperation.”
The next morning, the sixth annual Fourth of July Car Show at Wildhorse Cafe returned with classic cars and motorcycles south of town, followed by Pacific Valley Bank’s Fourth of July Parade along Broadway Street, with local veteran Veronica Deniz leading the way as grand marshal.
After the parade, a hot dog barbecue was held at Krehbiel’s Automotive Repair to raise funds for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6747, which nominated Deniz this year.