4th at the Soldiers Home Huge Success

While it is too early to know exactly how many people enjoyed the 4th of July at the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) yesterday, it was clear that it was a popular destination for residents in the surrounding communities. The event rand from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and was organized by the Friends of the Soldiers’ Home in cooperation with AFRH. It included food vendors, catch and release fishing, a bicycle clinic and a lot of open space for kids to play in. It also provided a fairly good view of the National Fireworks.

Below are some photos from yesterday’s event.

(Some of the many people who showed up to enjoy the day and watch fireworks)

(Food options included Captain Cookie, the Lemon Grass Truck, Sugar High Bakery, Los Verracos, and Humble Pie)

(The fishing was particularly popular with the children)

(One of the AFRH residents brought some fireworks of his own. For a short while, he enjoyed interacting with some of the children and showing off his cannon — which fired blanks beautifully)

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10 Comments on “4th at the Soldiers Home Huge Success”

  1. My Ramblings Says:

    It was a great day, and we enjoyed it so much. Thanks, guys, for opening it up!

  2. Rachel D. Says:

    This was a fantastic, fun, laid-back neighborhood event; many thanks to the AFRH and the Friends group for inviting the community in! My family and I are looking forward to many more such partnerships in the future!

  3. as Says:

    This was such a great event! It was laid back and had a good representation of the surrounding communities. We got to take some of the PVKZ kids fishing, which was magical for them! The first thing the kids did was run across the large open green space. I hope we can all enjoy the AFRH grounds more often! Thank you to the friends of AFRH and AFRH for planning this much needed community event!


  4. […] it should be mentioned, the fantastic gathering organized by the Armed Forces Retirement Home and the Friends of the Soldier…. At least one or two thousand folks showed up, enjoyed the food trucks, stocked ponds for […]


  5. I really love the photo with the gentleman speaking with the kids about his cannon.

  6. ~mh Says:

    Looks great! Already looking forward ot the next event there…

  7. AbS Says:

    This was a great, laid back event! We loved the fishing and the space to run around and play. I hope they start opening more often!


  8. […] The park-like quality of much of the Armed Services Retirement Home’s (AFRH) grounds is well known. However, with the closing of the grounds in 1968 the greater public ceased to know the the sites that the grounds afforded. This past year, with the formation of the Friends of the Soldiers’ Home and their collaboration with the residents and staff at the Home, the grounds have started to become more accessible to the greater community again. This was most evident during the July 4th celebrations held there. […]


  9. […] has also been able to host events on the AFRH grounds. The two most notable events of 2012 were the Fourth of July and Oktoberfest. The Friends group also partnered in the annual cyclocross at the AFRH helping to […]


  10. […] year’s Fourth of July community event at the Soldiers’ Home was a great success, so I imagine folks won’t want to miss this years event next week. The flyer from the Friends […]


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