Speedway Opens for City of Homestead’s July 4th Fireworks
Families and kids of all ages were invited to celebrate Independence Day at Homestead-Miami Speedway during "Race to the Fourth". These are the young faces of America even if they may not fully understand what that means yet (photo courtesy: Shelby Lash, Homestead-Miami Speedway Director of Nursing)
On Monday July 4, Homestead-Miami Speedway hosted “Race to the Fourth”, put on by the Speedway and the City of Homestead as a way for South Florida residents to enjoy food and fun while celebrating the Fourth of July with their neighbors. An estimated 16,000 Homestead residents and race fans descended on the Speedway’s Rum Pavilion for an evening of fireworks and community allegiance.
“Thank you to all of the men and women who are serving in our Armed Forces and the veterans who have served. Because of their sacrifices and those made by the families of our servicemen and women, we are able to enjoy many freedoms that don’t exist in other parts of the world. They make it possible for us to celebrate our nation’s independence at Homestead-Miami Speedway,” track president Matthew Becherer said. “Hosting over 280 events each year at the Speedway, it is particularly special to be able to partner with the City of Homestead for an event that brings the entire community together.”
“Race to the Fourth” guests were treated to music from two live bands—“Main Highway” and “No Restrictions”—along with patriotic songs from the Mann Sisters. Dougie Hitchcock of Thunder Country 100.3 and popular host of the “Octane Hour” motorsports show was the master of ceremonies. The day’s festivities were highlighted by a U.S. Citizenship Swear-in Ceremony that took place on the Main Stage during the event. A group of five military men representing different branches of the U.S. Armed Forces were sworn-in by a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration official to become U.S. Citizens on the most patriotic American Holiday.
The group is part of nearly 2,300 people who became U.S. citizens at approximately 30 similar ceremonies held across the country. U.S. Marine Edson Dos Santos from Venezuela joined the service in 2010 and is currently serving with 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Co. located in West Palm Beach.
“I’m so proud to serve,” said Dos Santos. “Being sworn in as an American citizen and being called an American is a great feeling.”
Christopher Lewis, from Jamaica joined the U.S. Navy in January 2000. From 2005 to 2008, Lewis served with the Naval Support Detachment in New Orleans. Presently he is based in Key West.
“Now that I’m able to vote, I feel that have a say in what goes on in this country,” said Lewis.
Haitian-born Robert Laforest joined the U.S. Coast Guard last July, currently serving at the U.S. Coast Guard station on Miami Beach. Sebastian Bonilla Gusse from Colombia joined the Florida Army National Guard in October 2010. Cuban-born Jorge Quintana joined the U.S. Army Reserve in May 2008 and is currently serving with the 841 Engineer Battalion. Adriano Caceres, of Cuban descent, joined the U.S. Army in June 2006. He served two tours in Iraq from May 2007 to June 2008 and again from November 2009 to June 2010 serving with the 3rd Infantry Division. Caceres is stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia. Gaston Roldan, from Argentina, joined the U.S. Marines in May of 2010 and at this time is serving with the 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division based out of Hialeah. The ceremony was performed by Field Office Director Joseph Hackbarth and Immigration Service Officer Frank J. Repinski.
No Fourth of July celebration would be complete without fireworks and “Race to the Fourth” at Homestead-Miami Speedway was no different. Firepower Display Unlimited provided the pyrotechnic show.
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