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The Fourth Was a Banner Day at Many Homes

1st Place Judge’s Choice
Photo courtesy city of San Marino

July 4 typically is the most festive day in San Marino, replete with flags, a parade and a first-class fireworks show, but as with many aspects of life in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic put a different slant on the holiday this year.
The streets on Saturday more resembled the scene on a midweek workday than the party most anticipate all year. Even the J.P. Blecksmith Memorial 5K Run went virtual, though many participants showed up to complete the real course even though any chosen route was deemed sufficient. The event typically features as many as 10,000 revelers, but no more than a usual Saturday crowd materialized on July 4, to the surprise of city officials who expected more to attend, if only out of habit.
In the party’s place, the city of San Marino offered a home decoration contest that allowed residents to celebrate Independence Day in an alternative fashion. The Recreation Department offered residents free kits that included five American flags, red, white and blue sidewalk chalk, a patriotic pennant banner, a roll of patriotic crepe paper and a yard sign. According to city Recreation Supervisor Eddie Covarrubias, 167 homes took part in the contest.
“We thought it was great,” said Covarrubias, who credited Councilwoman Susan Jakubowski with developing the idea. “The response was a lot bigger than we had anticipated. When we started getting phone calls we were really excited that people were responding.”
The San Marino City Council’s five members served as judges for the contest, which produced winners in the categories of Most Creative, Most Patriotic and Judge’s Choice. Covarrubias told The Tribune he received feedback that the event was “a good replacement for the fireworks,” and that residents enjoyed decorating their homes.


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