4th of July Fun!

Escondido's annual July 4th fireworks display in Grape Day Park has delighted young and old alike with its spectacular displays and wholesome family entertainment. It has become an intrinsic part of our shared community heritage and has been instrumental in encouraging patriotism and instilling a love of our great nation into the hearts of our children.

Grab a blanket and head to Grape Day Park on July 4 for a fun-filled, star-spangled celebration!  Enjoy a variety of free entertainment beginning at 4:00 p.m. with Aerial Revolution,  an American Legion  Program at 4:10 p.m.,  Rumble King (4:45 p.m.), Kanan Road (5:45 p.m.), Creedence Relived (6:45 p.m.), and the Marine Band San Diego (8:05 pm.), as well as the YMCA baton twirlers (7:30 pm.).  From 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. the History Center will be open and there will be children's arts projects.  Last but definitely not least, fireworks will begin at approximately 9:00 p.m. A variety of refreshments will be available for purchase.

The event is generously sponsored by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, and the City of Escondido,

Please note: BBQs, alcohol, pets, and tall chairs should not be brought to the park.

City Launches New E-mail Newsletter for Businesses

This month the City of Escondido introduced a new E-newsletter focused on our local business community.

Improving Escondido’s economy and creating jobs are two major goals of the current Council Action Plan. We are proud to be the home of thousands of businesses, both large and small, in a variety of diverse industries. The new E-newsletter is one of many strategies outlined in the Council Action Plan to support the Escondido business community and help it thrive. Each month will feature timely articles about recently opened Escondido businesses, valuable low and no-cost business resources, news about the local economy, City services for businesses and more.

The June issue highlights our façade grant program (up to $25,000 is available to businesses for exterior property improvements), new commercial recycling requirements that go into effect next month and the Escondido Public Library’s Business Center. Whether you run a small start-up or have been an established business in Escondido for many years, I know you will benefit from this new resource.

Sign up today at http://www.escondido.org/business.aspx We are always interested in your feedback and suggestions on content for the E-newsletter. Contact Michelle Geller at (760) 839-4587 or mgeller@escondido.org if you have ideas for future articles.

Now is the Time to Reduce Fire Hazards

Fire season is fast approaching, and as a reminder, it is time to be aware of potential hazards on or around your property.  Here are some items to check for:

  • Trash, rubbish, debris, and other combustible materials that create a fire hazard must be removed from the property.
  • Properties of one acre should be cleared of hazards in their entirety (weeds).
  • Properties of more than one acre should have one hundred feet clearance from structures and fifty feet clearance around the perimeter.
  • Roadways and/or driveways shall be cleared of vegetation to at least the width of the roadway plus ten feet on each side, and a height of thirteen and one-half feet above the road surface.
  • Storage of firewood material shall be located a minimum of thirty feet from structures and separated from the crown of trees by a minimum of fifteen feet. 
  • Property owners should clear any combustible material, weeds, brush, trees or other vegetation (including mulch) that is, or could become, dry and could be capable of transmitting fire.

For further information, please contact the Escondido Fire Department (760) 839-5417, (760) 839-5400 or email weedabatement@escondido.org

Movies in the Park

Looking for some inexpensive family fun this summer?  Then you won’t want to miss “Movies in the Park”. This summer you can enjoy beautiful summer evenings in Grape Day Park while catching outdoor movies that are perfect for the whole family.  The fun begins at 7:00 p.m. with a variety of children’s activities, as well as a snack bar.  The movies will begin at dusk.

Movie schedule:

June 9        The Muppets

June 23      Happy Feet 2

July 14        Puss in Boots

July 28        Cars 2

August 11   Tin Tin

August 25   Kung Fu Panda 2

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Families are encouraged to bring low backed chairs or blanket, a sweater, and flashlight.

“Movies in the Park” is sponsored by the Escondido History Center, the City of Escondido Recreation Division and the San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation.