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Enjoy July 4 Fireworks, View from USD

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Where will you be watching fireworks light up the San Diego sky to celebrate America’s independence, its 236th birthday, on Wednesday, July 4, Toreros?

Will you be hanging out at a crowded beach or park? Will you try to watch them, instead, while stuck in freeway traffic or while looking for parking?

How about witnessing the colorful night display from one of the best hilltop views in San Diego — your alma mater?

The University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) and USD Alumni Association have teamed to host a free ice cream social that also includes a spectacular view of several San Diego County fireworks shows from Mother Rosalie Hill Hall’s West Terrace area.

The Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks event begins at 8:30 p.m. and features a family-friendly and fun environment and plenty of fireworks, highlighted by Sea World’s 20-minute show at 9:30.

“The Alumni Association is always looking for inventive ways to get alumni back to campus,” said Kara Marsh Proffitt ’04, associate director of Alumni Relations. “This event is a perfect opportunity to showcase San Diego’s fireworks displays from one of the best locations in the city: our alma mater!”

When Mother Rosalie Hill Hall was under construction, that’s when Gary Neiger, SOLES’ director of development, got the idea.

“I thought of the event when I saw the view from the terrace,” he said. “(SOLES Dean) Paula (Cordeiro) agreed and she thought it would be a great place for a family-oriented event. She thought it would be great to offer alumni of SOLES and their families a place to go where it was easy to park and the view of the fireworks would be good rather than trying to fight the crowds and traffic at the beaches throughout the county.”

“As it turns out, this is a great opportunity for our faculty, staff, alumni, current and incoming students to mingle socially,” said Neiger. SOLES has hosted two previous July 4 events since the building’s opening in Fall 2007.

There’s plenty of space for attendees to set up their own chairs and blankets to enjoy the show and there’s ample parking available in the garage below the SOLES building. While it is a free to attend — it’s open to all USD alumni and their guests — everyone is asked to RSVP by Tuesday, July 3.

— Ryan T. Blystone

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