“Lights Over Carson” event to bring community together for a special twin celebration

BakitWhy to help Celebrate 4th of July and Proclaim Philippine-American Friendship Day in Carson, CA

For the second year in a row, BakitWhy is proud to be involved with the Carson City Mayor Jim Dear’s 4th of July celebration, together with the Los Angeles Galaxy, StubHub! Center (formerly Home Depot Center), Maxx Promos, and the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce – SouthBay Los Angeles Area (FACC-SLAA).

This year’s event, which has the theme of “Lights Over Carson,” will be held at the StubHub! Center from 6 – 10 pm this Thursday, July 4th. It will include music, food, bouncers, vendors, prizes, and an amazing fireworks display courtesy of the LA Galaxy! Hosted by Sharon Palma, the program will feature amazing artists such as the Apollo West Carson Players, Marvin Clayton, Benny Oke, Living Sacrifice, Izik 5, Noni B's Zumba Family,  Christine Love,  Clint Gamboa,  Melissa Diehl, Barbie Love, Na Hoku O Kalani, and more!

When Mayor Dear reached out to FACC-SLAA last year to partner up for what was then his third annual celebration of the holiday, the FilAm Chamber of Commerce jumped at the opportunity to not only make the commemoration of American Independence Day special, but to also highlight the importance of promoting the “understanding, education, and appreciation of the shared history of the Philippines and the United States.” Towards this end, BakitWhy’s Fred Docdocil, who also serves as the FACC-SLAA Recording Secretary, worked with the Philippine Consulate of Los Angeles to draft the Proclamation that Mayor Dear and Councilman Elito Santarina ultimately presented to the FilAm community last 4th of July.

The text of the Proclamation reads as follows:

City of Carson Proclamation Recognizing Philippine-American Friendship Day

Whereas the Republic of the Philippines formally declared independence from the United States on July 4, 1946, after almost 50 years of American Colonial rule.

Whereas Philippine President Diosdado Macapagal shifted the celebration of Philippine Independence Day from July 4th to June 12th by virtue of Proclamation No. 28; moving the holiday to June 12 in commemoration of General Emilio Aguinaldo’s proclamation of Philippine independence from Spain in 1898.

Whereas Republic Act No. 4166 changed the date of Philippine Independence Day from July 4 to June 12.  The aforesaid law designated July 4 as Philippine Republic Day, a legal holiday to commemorate the foundation of the modern Republic of the Philippines.

Whereas President Ferdinand E. Marcos issued Proclamation No. 2364 on July 3, 1984, declaring July 4, Filipino-American Friendship Day, as a regular working and school day.

Whereas President Fidel V. Ramos issued Administrative Order No. 204 on July 10, 1995, constituting a National Executive Committee for the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Philippine-American Friendship Day on 4 July 1996.

Whereas this milestone event in Philippine history must be appropriately observed to promote and preserve the spirit of freedom, independence, nationalism and love of country and appreciate the contribution and sacrifice of war veterans in the pursuit of sovereignty.

Whereas the Philippine-American Friendship Day affirms the continuing strength of Filipino-American friendship and the enduring bonds and the concept of “special relations” between the Philippine and the American republics.

Whereas it is essential to promote the understanding, education, and appreciation of the shared history of the Philippines and the United States:


Now, therefore, be it Resolved, that the City of Carson do hereby recognizes the celebration of Philippine-American Friendship Day; honors the shared heritage and history of Filipinos and Americans and their immense contributions to the respective lives of their Nation; and urges the residents of the City of Carson to observe Philippine-American Friendship Day with appropriate programs and activities.

In the off-chance that you haven't decided on what you're doing for the 4th of July, you should swing by the StubHub! Center and enjoy some fabulous food with your family and friends while enjoying the fantastic fireworks display!