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July 4th Fest Recap At Six Flags Magic Mountain

By on 07/11/2014

If you didn’t make it over to Six Flags Magic Mountain for the Coca-Cola July 4th Fest weekend this year, you missed out! They had many activities on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There was a little something for everyone to enjoy, and best of all, it was all free!!

As soon as you arrived at the main gate, it was obvious that it was July 4th weekend with Old Glory proudly on display:

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One of the huge perks this weekend for roller coaster enthusiasts was the early access to the park for Early (exclusive) Ride Time, or ERT. If you showed up with your ticket or season pass and a can of Coca-Cola, you were allowed in an hour before the park’s scheduled opening time to ride a couple of pre-selected coasters. I didn’t get a chance to make it over for this, but I believe the chosen coasters changed each day:

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There was a small stage in front of Full Throttle and this was the start of the Coca-Cola July 4th Zone:

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Small critique: These are nice signs and I think it’s great that they were out out for people to see what was going on in each area. However, why do the frames have to look so crappy? They were a filthy white paint that was peeling off and there was rust all over them. I’m not saying that they have to sandblast them down to bare metal and give them a new powder coat paint job. However, a $5 can of gloss white spray paint and 30 minutes of someone’s time would have made them look great. Even if they painted right over the rust, they would have easily lasted the weekend looking like new.

The main Coca-Cola activity took place in front of the Golden Bear Theatre. They even had a band playing on the stage in front of the theatre as I walked by, but I didn’t catch their name:

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This entire area looked like a mini Coca-Cola theme park:

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I even got to take their old hot rod for a spin around the midway:

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There were all kinds of activities going on. One of the booths would customize two small cans of Coca-Cola with your name and the name of someone you’d like to share a Coke with. I missed out on this as they had already stopped for the night, so I was pretty bummed. Here is a kid trying his luck to win a prize with a classic spinner game:

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Back on the stage in front of Full Throttle, there was a hot wing eating contest going on. Which ever girl could eat the most hot wings (habanero, the hottest!), in a fixed amount of time, with her hands behind her back, would win front of line passes to Full Throttle. The poor girl in the tuxedo t-shirt looks like she’s about to die:

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On Saturday night, American Idol season 10 winner Scotty McCreery performed on the Golden Bear Theatre stage. Tickets were free and people started lining up hours ahead of show time to get good seats:

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I attended the Scotty McCreery concert and he put on a fantastic show:

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For more on the Scotty McCreery concert, check out my concert review here.

Over on the Full Throttle stage, DJ Nel was doing a great job at keeping the crowd pumped up:

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He had a lot of help with the incomparable Ricky Rocks banging away on the drums:

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Of course you can’t have a DJ and drummer without dancers! These are the Full Throttle Dancers:

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A Fourth of July party also wouldn’t be complete without fireworks. Each night of the weekend, Magic Mountain put on a great fireworks show, right over the top of Tatsu:

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In case you missed them, watch my video of the fireworks show here.

Once the fireworks show ended, everyone piled back into the Full Throttle Plaza to close out the night with some rockin’ music and dancing:

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From left to right, that’s Ricky Rocks on drums, the Full Throttle Dancers, and DJ Nel:

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I was there for two of the three nights. Next year, I’m going to get to the park earlier so that I can check out all of the various booths before they close. It was so much fun that I might just head over there all three nights as well It was a blast!

If you were able to attend the event, please leave a comment below telling us what you thought.

8 Comments

  1. JJJJ

    07/12/2014 at 11:01 am

    That looks great, but its the kind of thing the park should be doing on a weekly basis, not just once a year.

  2. josh

    07/12/2014 at 2:18 pm

    Seriously.

  3. Domingo

    07/12/2014 at 7:19 pm

    I’m glad SFMM is doing great I love the FT plaza it’s just amazing and awesome with the big loop in the background

  4. Jarret

    07/13/2014 at 8:24 am

    I realized this on my last visit, the loop on Full Throttle is not lit up anymore. It looked great lit up in the night along with the main shade structure lit up and the stage pumping. It’s a shame they don’t light it up so why wouldn’t they especially on this party weekend of 4th of July.

    • The Coaster Guy

      07/13/2014 at 8:39 am

      The loop lights were on loan as a trial to see what they looked like. The park decided not to buy them so they were taken away.

  5. Bob E.

    07/14/2014 at 4:32 pm

    Looks like the personalized Coke can thing was still going on this past weekend.

    On an unrelated note, on my last few visits (early afternoon and late afternoon, with minimal numbers of people entering) they were only using the guns to scan season passes and not the fingerprint scanners. I wonder if they’ve given up on them or if they’re trying to tweak them to make them more efficient.

  6. Brandon

    07/17/2014 at 3:43 pm

    Reminds me of Afterhours/Decibles nightclubs they used to have back in the day

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