UC Celebration 4th of July


Will you help make this year’s 2022 UC Celebration the best ever? We need you to ensure its success. Sign up to volunteer and/or reserve booth space today.

Randall Tonini, UC Celebration Event Chair

2022 Update from Randall Tonini: Hello UC Community! My name is Randall Tonini and I’m the event chair for the UC 4th of July Celebration. I’ve had the privilege of serving on this committee for the past seven years.

As many of you know, the Celebration is an annual event that our neighborhood looks forward to each year, but because of the current pandemic, we’ve had to cancel the past two years.

For 2022, I’m excited to announce that we are planning and preparing to re-launch this large-scale event and we’d love to have you involved!

If you would like to help in the planning, please join us on May 18 at the UC Celebration planning meeting at Standley Recreation Center at 7pm. If you have any questions or would like to join our planning committee email list, please contact me at randalltonini@icloud.com. You can also visit our website at uccelebration.com! Thank you!

UC Celebration – Photo Scavenger Hunt – 2018

July 4, 2021: It’s the Photo Scavenger Hunt! While the traditional 4th of July UC Celebration at Standley Park in University City is cancelled for 2021, the Photo Scavenger Hunt will continue in a virtual format. Photo Scavenger Hunt creator James Floyd has prepared the clues as usual. You still have to go outside to take photos of the answers, but just like last year’s virtual event, you can solve and photograph at your own pace – no time pressure! And you can have a team of any size, so you can work alone or get your friends or family members to help out. For details and clues, visit https://www.universitycitynews.org/2021/07/04/back-by-popular-demand-its-the-4th-of-july-uc-celebration-2021-virtual-photo-race-scavenger-hunt/

July 2, 2021: As posted by Councilmember Joe LaCava’s office on Facebook on Friday: City Council fought hard to protect and re-establish core neighborhood services impacted by COVID-19 in the FY22 budget. This morning, we received word that City of San Diego will reopen 26 library branches with full services at 50% capacity beginning July 6. Parks & Rec programming is also in process with most back in service by July 19. Thank you staff for your swift implementation and commitment. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/100826588573191/posts/211972400791942/?d=n

June 30, 2021: Unfortunately, the 2021 4th of July UC Celebration has been cancelled this year. We are hopeful that the Summer Concerts (perhaps in a modified format) will take place later in July. Summer events at Standley Park are dependent on the re-opening of the Standley Recreation Center to both the public and to our many volunteers who sponsor these long time University City traditions. For the most up to date information, contact the Standley Recreation center at 858-552-1652 and check for updates on our UCCA University City News website.

Please note: Both the 4th of July UC Celebration and the Summer Concerts are dependent on the re-opening of the Standley Park Recreation Center to volunteers and the public. As of June 28, 2021, the recreation center is open to staff and those who are registered for classes; the Standley Recreation Center remains closed to the public and to volunteers.

June 27, 2021, from Diane Ahern, UCCA’s representative to the Standley Park Community Recreation Group (CRG): At the June CRG meeting, the acting area manager confirmed that the Standley Recreation Center was scheduled to open the last week of June for registration-only classes and events. Community members expressed a strong desire to host community events at the park. Non-registration events such as open-play basketball and outdoor concerts will take place when the Recreation Center fully reopens to the public and volunteers. Call the Standley Recreation Center for current status at  (858) 552-1652. For current status on City services, visit sandiego.gov/status

  • Swanson Pool will host a Lifeguard Training class in July. Tryouts and registration will be held Monday July 12th at 9:00am. Contact the pool manager for more information at 858-552-1653.
  • Job Openings: The parks and recreation department is experiencing a staffing shortage and is accepting job applications for pool guards and recreation leaders at sandiego.gov/empopp/current
  • Traffic Calming: Former school board president and University City resident John Evans provided an information item on the construction progress for the new joint-use aquatic center, jogging path, and stage pavilion as well as the joint-use fields. The joint-use pool will be available to the public and for rental when school groups are not using it. He asked the CRG to support traffic calming measures on Governor Drive between Stadium Street and Radcliffe Drive (between Spreckels Elementary and Standley Middle Schools) to make it safer for school children as well as community members to drive, bike and walk to Standley Park and to the adjacent schools, fields, and pools. The CRG voted to write a letter of support to Councilmember Joe LaCava in favor of traffic calming measures.

July 14, 2020 – Take a look! the UC Celebration 2020 Virtual Photo Race Results are In!! https://www.universitycitynews.org/2020/07/14/take-a-look-the-uc-celebration-2020-virtual-photo-race-results-are-in/

July 4, 2020 — Let’s Go! Here are the Clues for the 2020 UC Celebration 4th of July Photo Scavenger Hunt: https://www.universitycitynews.org/2020/07/04/lets-go-here-are-the-clues-for-the-2020-uc-celebration-4th-of-july-photo-scavenger-hunt/