Man About Menifee: Parade, Fireworks Makes a Fun Weekend

By David Baker

My first Menifee community event with my family was in the summer of 2010, shortly after we moved here

I was calling around and looking for local Cub Scout Packs for Jeremiah to join when I got an invite from a local Pack to march with them at the Independence Day Parade. I said that we had plans already for the Fourth, but then found out that Menifee celebrates its Independence Day parade the weekend prior to July 4.

So that weekend, we met in the parking lot of Mt. San Jacinto College, decked out in our scout uniforms, and marched to Wheatfield Park, throwing candy to the bystanders. For Jeremiah, who was almost 7 at the time, it was a load of fun. As a parent, it is always fun to see your kid strut his stuff. The parade ended and the rest of the family met us at Wheatfield Park and we walked around to see the attractions.

The kids loved seeing the Sheriff’s Deputies on their horses, the various carnival style games, and of course, the fireworks. Since then, we have had a family tradition of two Independence Days -- one at Wheatfield Park and one with family in San Diego.

This year will be no exception. You will see the parade kickoff at 5 p.m. this Saturday, led by the Grand Marshall, Mayor Scott Mann, followed by several floats and groups marching. One of those will be your local Cub Scout Pack 374, chartered by Menifee 24/7. We will march up La Piedra Road, turn on Menifee Road, and end at Wheatfield Park.

One repeat attraction you may recall from the Menifee Birthday Bash last October will be Gale Webb’s Extreme Sports & Air Show. My kids were thrilled to see the BMX , skateboard, roller blade and scooter stunts performed X-Games style.

Of course, no Independence Day Celebration would be complete without a fireworks presentation. The evening will conclude at 9 p.m. with a fireworks display.

If you don’t have time on Saturday, though, never fear. You can catch other displays around the area for Independence day.

On July 3, the Lake Elsinore Storm plays the High Desert Mavericks at 6:05 p.m. with a fireworks display to follow. Facebook user Ashley B. says, “Go park up at Walmart; it’s a great place to watch em!”

Another friend on Facebook, Sylvia W., says, “La Ladera Park [is a] perfect view of Canyon Lake, referring to the Fourth of July fireworks there.

If you have any other tips for our readers, please post them in the comments section below, and remember, lock up your dogs before you leave for the night.

David Baker, our Man About Menifee, writes about his adventures in and around town every Friday in this space. You may leave comments for him here or email him at


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