Rancho Mission Viejo’s Red, White & Blue Bash held on July 1 drew an estimated crowd of 3,000 to 3,500 people to The Pavilion, the community’s open grassy field.

The Independence Day celebration was declared a “huge success” by Laura Pennington, director of RMV’s well-being program RanchLife.

“The Red, White and Blue Bash is The Ranch’s star-spangled event that brings neighbors and the community together to celebrate Independence Day,” Pennington said. “Attendees enjoyed family-friendly games, great music from a Beach Boys cover band, an Elton John tribute band, and a laser and LED light show.”

Families sat on the grass or in lawn chairs and watched their children run around during the event. Other people lined up at the food trucks on site if they got hungry.