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A youngster enjoys the slide on the Fourth of July. (Photo by Chris Frost)
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

By Chris Frost


Oxnard—The perfect follow up to the great Fourth of July Parade was all the activities at Harbor Park, that was a great party well-attended by families.


Kids enjoyed inflatable activities like a rock wall and a trip on the Space Shuttle Enterprise and face-painting, while moms and dads enjoyed plenty of vendors and the Farmer’s Market opened up special for the fourth.


The grills at the park were all active as families spent the day cooking and feeding their families.


Connie Young brought her grandkids to the party and said the day, both the parade and party at the park afterward, is all about independence and fun.


“They just got off the rock wall,” she said. “We love this every year.”


Youngster Ethan Hall took a trip on the inflatable space shuttle which he described as excellent and high.


“It was fast on the way, up,” he said. “I am going to go exploring. I am going to eat cheeseburgers tonight.”


Joan Gojkovich and her granddaughter Kaiya Hall were enjoying the day, and Kaiya said she also went in the space shuttle, but she is braver than Ethan.


“I like the fireworks, and I am going to watch them tonight,” she said. 


Dad Justin Hall said he plans to work the barbeque and cook lots of hamburgers and hot dogs with the family after the kids are done playing.


“We’re hanging out down here, and I’m doing some barbecuing, some bounce houses, and we’ll probably go over and rent a four-wheel bike,” he said.


 Steve and Michelle Duddy are “big huge patriotic people,” and Michelle’s dad is in the Air Force, so they came to the park to join in the celebration.


“We’re out in true color with all the best red, white and blue gear we could bring out today,” Steve said. 


Michelle said she planned to wear the kids out at the park.


“Having the family our here is a big plus today,” she said. “Tonight, we are going to take it easy and grill some hamburgers and hot dogs. It’s a nice relaxing start to the weekend.”

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