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By Robert Gehr

May 15, 2016 (El Cajon) - Saturday, May 21st is the day to mark your calendar this year. The annual America on Main Street in El Cajon is back. This year’s theme is “The Beach Comes East” and admission is free.  You can bring the entire family to this friendly, safe event and enjoy hours of good old-fashioned, wholesome fun. I’m quite sure you won’t be disappointed.

This is a celebration for all Americans - the harmonious blending of cultural diversity that we have. This country was built upon immigrants from many countries, and we continue to forge ahead in our quest for equal opportunity and freedom for all, just as our forefathers did.

From North Magnolia Ave. to Claydelle Ave. on East Main St. including Rea Ave. there will be many exciting things happening. Live entertainment, a variety of American and Ethnic food offered for sale, carnival rides, bounce houses, face painting, arts & crafts, a petting zoo with various animals, scavenger hunt, rock climbing wall, a giant Ferris wheel of course, chili cook-off and so much more…including a “Corn Hole Tournament” (Baggo) which is a sport growing in popularity across America. A sanctioned event, it’s sure to bring many competitors. For more information, click the link.

All this excitement takes place from 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m. Bring the entire family and come celebrate the culturally diverse American spirit in beautiful downtown El Cajon and mingle with the crowds.

As a reminder, May 21st is also Armed Forces Day. This event was established in 1949 by President Harry S. Truman and Secretary of Defense Louis Armstrong as a way to create a single day of celebration and honor for our four branches of military: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force.

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