American flags fluttered along the sidewalks of Kendall Court on Saturday as residents of the cul-de-sac and their surrounding neighbors celebrated Fourth of July with an old-fashioned block party. Barbecue, outdoor movies, fireworks- the works.
"We're celebrating our independence as friends and families having fun and eating hot dogs," said Kayla Terry, 16.
The Yuba City neighbors turn the celebration into a three-tiered affair, starting with an outdoor movie showing of "Independence Day" on a sheet-turned-projection screen Friday night. Saturday's event kicked off early, with a waterslide, barbecues and inflatable pools. Fireworks would later light up the night.
The point is for friends and strangers to come together and enjoy safe, clean fun, Toni Parhizgar said.
"I think in many ways that's a lot of the American values," she said.
Neighbors rolled barbecues down the sidewalk to join a growing group at the end of the cul-de-sac, which was expected eventually to grow to about 100 people. Down the street, children launched themselves onto an inflated waterslide with shrieks and splashing, then slid and slipped into a pool at the end. The crowds grew as friends and family gathered to watch the backyard movie.
"I know half of these kids didn't know each other, but they are all getting along like they've been friends for days," Soto said.
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