Independence Day Celebration

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July 4, 2017
at the
Moonlight Amphitheatre in
Brengle Terrace Park
1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista

Home of the Free. Because of the Brave.

Featuring The Mar Dels on the
Moonlight Amphitheatre stage beginning at 7:35 p.m.


General Information

Times and Events
Brengle Terrace Park opens at 7 a.m.
Gates to the Moonlight Amphitheatre open at 5 p.m.
Light Up the Night Dinner Seating Begins at 5:15 p.m. and Light Up the Night Dinner Served at 6:30 p.m.
Military Heroes and Sponsor Recognition Salute begins at 7:15 p.m.
The Mar Dels perform from 7:35 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Fireworks at 9 p.m.
The Mar Dels perform again following the fireworks until 10 p.m.

Parking and Admission
Parking in Brengle Terrace Park is $15 per car and $30 per recreational vehicle.
Admission to the Moonlight Amphitheatre is $5 per person.
Children five and under, active and retired military members and their immediate family are free.

Light Up the Night Dinner
The dinner features a fabulous BBQ dinner catered by When Pigs Fly. The dinner includes reserved seating for the fireworks and VIP parking. The dinner is $60 per person, or $450 for a table of for eight people. Purchase your dinner tickets by June 19, 2017 by calling 760.643.5262.

For more information, call the Recreation and Community Services Department at 760.643.5262. 

2017 Military Heroes Honorees

Photo ICO LCpl Arnett
Lance Corporal Christian J. Arnett
United States Marine Corps
Lance Corporal Arnett was born in Statesville, North Carolina. He enlisted into the Marine Corps on 14 September 2015 and attended Recruit Training MCRD, Parris Island, SC. Upon completion of Recruit Training, Private First Class Arnett received training at SOI East, Marine Combat Training Battalion, Fox Company. Following MCT, he was assigned to “A” school in Pensacola, Florida, where he received basic training as an organization level airframes and hydraulic mechanic. While at “A” school Private First Class Arnett was selected into the billet of Class Leader by his mentor and then selected for the billet of Platoon Sergeant by the Airframes Master Sergeant. Upon graduation PFC Arnett received a Letter of Appreciation from the Airframes Master Sergeant for his leadership and dedication to the school and to helping his fellow Marines. PFC Arnett graduated in the top of his class where he was given the opportunity to choose what aircraft would start his career. Choosing the AH-1Z and UH-1Y platform, PFC Arnett reported to “C” school at Camp Pendleton, California. On 1 June 2016, PFC Arnett was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. Upon graduation Lance Corporal Arnett obtained his MOS as a 6154 becoming an AH-1Z and UH-1Y Airframes and Hydraulic Mechanic.

On 1 August 2016, Lance Corporal Arnett reported to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, aboard Marine Corps Air Station, Camp Pendleton. While at HMLA-369 he received OJT on Aircraft Composite Repairs, Structural repairs, metal working, as well as maintenance and troubleshooting for Hydraulics and Flight controls. Lance Corporal Arnett currently works in the Airframes Shop at HMLA-369 as a mechanic and has the billet as AA&E Program Manager (Explosive Ordnance Handlers Program). His personal Awards include two Letters of Appreciation, and a Certificate of Appreciation.

Sergeant Shinice M. Davenport
United States Marine Corps

Sergeant Davenport was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. She enlisted in the Marine Corps on 11 December 2011, and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. Upon completion, she completed Marine Combat Training (MCT) at Camp Geiger, North Carolina. Following MCT, she reported to Meridian, Mississippi, where she obtained the MOS of 7041 becoming an Aviation Operational Specialist.

In August 2012, Private First Class Davenport reported to Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2, aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North Carolina as a Current Operations clerk. In September 2012, Private First Class Davenport was assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 as a sentry for Weapons and Tactical Instructor Course 1-13 in MCAS Yuma, Arizona.

In June 2013, Lance Corporal Davenport was assigned to 505th Training Squadron in Hurlburt Field, Florida where she received certification as an Air and Space Operations Center Combat Plans/Operations Technician.  From July 2013 to February 2014, Lance Corporal Davenport deployed to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 13.2. In March 2015, Corporal Davenport was assigned to Marine Attack Training Squadron 203 in support of a Deployment for Training in Naval Air Field El Centro, California. In December 2015, Sergeant Davenport reported to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, aboard MCAS Camp Pendleton, California. She is currently serving as the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge for the Operations Department and Single Marine Program representative for the unit. Sergeant Davenport’s personal awards include the Navy Achievement Medal, Certificate of Commendation, and 10 Letters of Appreciation.

About our Heroes
The military honorees were selected from members of the Marine Squadron 369, a helicopter squadron within the Marine Aircraft group 39, based out of Camp Pendleton. The unit was 'adopted' by the Vista City Council on June 24, 2008, as part of the America Supporting Americans (ASA) Adopt a Unit program. HMLA 369 is one helicopter squadron within the Marine Aircraft Group 39. The group's mission is to provide combat ready expeditionary aviation forces, capable of world wide deployment in short notice. Known at the 'Gunfighters', HMLA 369 has proven itself as the premier attack helicopter squadron in the Marine Corps by establishing a pattern of excellence few military units can emulate.

HMLA 369

Thank You 2017 Sponsors:

Datron World Communications

Dick Miller, Inc.

Dr. Bronner's

Tri-City Medical Center

Watkins Wellness

Atomic Investments
EDCO Waste and Recycling
Frazier Farms Market
Fresh Creative Foods
Moonlight Stage Productions
Wave Waterpark
Pacific Marine Credit Union

Aztec Landscaping
Catspaw Construction
Community Housing Works
Denso Wireless Systems America, Inc.
DDH Group
Hanna Plumbing and Supply, Inc.
Indian Joe Brewing
J Leon Construction
Javo Beverage Company, Inc.
North County Ford
STC Traffic, Inc.
West Coast Arborists

We welcome new individual and corporate partners to sponsor our annual Independence Day Celebration.
Call 760.639-6151 for information, or send us an email.