Independence day is right around the corner, what are your plans? Here are a few celebrations and events in the Sacramento that start today, June 29th and go all the way through the fourth!
Friday (June 29)
Annual Folsom Pro Rodeo
The annual Folsom Pro Rodeo will include a motocross show, timed and riding events such as steer wrestling, bull and bronc riding; rodeo clown antics; live music by the Chris Gardner Band, and fireworks nightly. Gates open at 6 p.m., rodeo activities begin at 7 p.m. (June 29-July 1). The Stars and Stripes County Concert (6 p.m. July 3) features Jason Michael Carroll and The Farm, followed by a fireworks show (tickets are $15 general, free for children ages 4 and younger). 6 p.m. June 29-July 3. Dan Russell Rodeo Arena, 200 Stafford St., Folsom. $19.50 general, $15 seniors and children ages 12 and younger. (916) 985-2698. http://www.folsomprorodeo.com
Saturday (June 30)
The 13th annual Summer Spectacular with music featuring Lydia Pense and Cold Blood (Etta James Tribute) and the Jeff Watson Band; food and craft, exhibitors; contests; swimming; and a fireworks show. Parking is available in the Airpark, off of Oxford and Fairway Road. 2 p.m. June 30. Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Road, Cameron Park. $3 advance; $5 day of event. (530) 677-2231. http://www.cameronpark.org
City of Clearlake Independence Day Festivities
A parade (from Redbud Park to Austin Park), street fair, musicians, car show, arts and crafts, worm race competition, children’s activities, and evening fireworks show over Clear Lake at dusk. 11 a.m. June 30. Free. (707) 994-9752.
Independence Day Concert
Prayer for America Featuring the Fair Oaks Church Choir, Orchestra, soloists, groups and dramatics. Apple pie and ice cream social following the concert. 6 p.m. June 30. Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, 11427 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks. Free. (916) 967-4784, ext. 874. http://www.fopc.org
Pre-4th Concert in the Park
Celebrate Independence Day early with the Capitol Pops Concert Band’s concert themed “Life, Liberty, and Happiness.” 6:30 p.m. June 30. Jane Steele Park, 4855 Hamilton St., Sacramento. Free. (916) 967-1467. http://capitolpops.org/calendar
Reds, Whites and Blues
Barbecue and blues with Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers. 6 p.m. June 30. Renwood Winery, 12225 Steiner Road, Plymouth. $35. (209) 245-6979. http://www.renwood.com
Sunday (July 1)
Patriotic Celebration and Freedom Fest
Patriotic Celebration at 10:30 a.m. July 1; Freedom Fest at 4:30 p.m. July 1, featuring barbecue, volleyball, inflatables, train rides, waterslides, pony painting, carnival games, live music, hayrides, car and truck show, and professional fireworks. Home Church, 11451 NW Lane, Lodi. Free. (209) 339-7333. http://www.thehomechurch.net
Tuesday (July 3)
The third annual event offers bands performing from 6 to 8 p.m. July 3, including the Spazmatics playing in the Steven Young Amphitheater from 8 to 11 p.m. July 3; the Badge-to-Badge Chili Cook-off; a kids activity area, complete with bounce house, and Radio Disney’s Rock ‘n’ Road Show. The evening will conclude with a fireworks display. Parking is available at Blue Shield with shuttle buses running consistently beginning at 5 p.m. July 3. El Dorado Hills Town Center, Latrobe Road and Town Center Boulevard, El Dorado Hills. (916) 933-6699. http://www.eldoradohillstowncenter.com/
River Cats Independence Day Celebration
Celebrate Independence Day a day early with the River Cats (vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox). The River Cats will be offering a special All-American Barbecue ticket package, which includes a pregame barbecue beginning at 5:30 July 3 (tri tip, hamburgers, Raley Field hot dogs, three sides and one drink ticket) and a Senate ticket to the game (adult tickets cost $36; tickets for children ages 12 and younger cost $32). Plus, the first 2,500 fans receive an American flag presented by U.S. Army. The evening tops off with a fireworks extravaganza. 6:35 p.m. July 3. Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento. $8-$55. (800) 745-3000.
Happy Birthday USA!
Annual patriotic Picnic and Pops concert. 7:30 p.m. July 3. Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley. $20. (530) 265-6124. http://musicinthemountains.org/
Wednesday (July 4)
A Salute to the Red, White & Blue
The City of Elk Grove hosts the 16th annual Salute to the Red, White and Blue fireworks show, with live music and food. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. July 4, fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Blankets and picnics encouraged. Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove Florin Road, Elk Grove. Free admission; $10 for parking. (916) 691-2489. http://www.elkgrovecity.org
The 54th annual Carmichael Elk’s Club parade steps off at 10:30 a.m. July 4 at Marconi and Fair Oaks, and continues to Cypress and Manzanita, with the grandstand located across the street from Carmichael Park (5750 Grant Ave.). Bring your blankets or lawn chairs for festivities beginning at 7 p.m. at La Sierra Community Center (5325 Engle Road). The free activities include arts, crafts, inflatables, and annual fireworks show at dark (approximately 9:30 p.m.). Free. (916) 485-5322.
Celebrate July 4th on the USS Hornet
Family activities include carnival games, flight simulator, jump house, interactive games (1-8 p.m. July 4). Explore Captain’s Bridge, Sick Bay, Torpedo Room, Officers Quarters. Live music and entertainment from 1 to 9 p.m. featuring The Cocktail Monkeys, Tempest, Michael Sea & Island Fever, The Mighty NepTunes, Starboard Watch. Plus, there will be view of the San Francisco fireworks, around 9:15 p.m., with patriotic music. 11 a.m. July 4. USS Hornet Museum, 707 W Hornet Ave., Alameda. $20 advance ($25 at the door), $10 children ages 5-17, free for children ages 4 and younger. (510) 521-8448, ext. 282. http://www.uss-hornet.org/calendar/4thjuly
Fairfield Indepedence Day Parade
Annual Independence Day Parade in downtown Fairfield. Parade begins at 10 a.m. July 4 at the corner of Kentucky and Taylor streets, turning onto Great Jones and traveling down Texas Street to Jefferson Street. (707) 631-7243.
Foresthill Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
Themed “Beach Party 2012,” with a parade at 10 a.m. July 4 on Main Street to include floats, classic cars, group marchers, horses and more. The Foresthill Park Celebration will feature the American Legion Pig-Roast barbecue, classic rock by 2-Lit 2-Quit, food and product booth vendors, children’s games, horseshoe competition, homemade pies. Foresthill Memorial Park, Downtown Foresthill, Foresthill. Free. (530) 367-2474. http://www.foresthillchamber.org
Fourth Of July Celebration
Pier 39 celebrates Independence Day with live bands in the Entrance Plaza, and a spectacular fireworks display over the San Francisco Bay at approximately 9:30 p.m. July 4. Festivities begin at 2 p.m. July 4. Pier 39, Beach Street and The Embarcadero, San Francisco. (415) 705-5500. http://www.pier39.com/Events/events.htm
Fourth of July at the Lake
There will be several activities throughout the day, starting with a pancake breakfast. Highlights include live music from 2 to 6 p.m. July 4, and fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. 7 a.m. July 4. Lodi Lake Park, 1101 W. Turner Road, Lodi. (209) 333-6742.
July 4 Pyrospectacular
The Independence Day celebration at the Miller Lite Grandstand (East Gate) offers activities featuring live music with Two Steps Down (country) at 6 p.m. July 4, Todd Morgan and the Emblems (’50s rock’n'roll and pop rock) at 7 p.m. and Kattywompus (rock’n'roll) at 8 p.m.; an appearance by Poppy, the State Fair Mascot; and the grand fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. July 4. Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. Free; $10 reserved seats; $10 parking. (916) 263-3247.
July 4th Family Fun Festival
Jack London Square offers family fun with activities for kids, live music, festival food and entertainment. Highlights include a giant slide, bounce houses, hands on arts and crafts, magicians, hula hoops, a petting zoo and jugglers, and live music from The Blues Burners, and Moxie. 11 a.m. July 4. Jack London Square, 70 Washington St., Oakland. Free. (510) 645-9292. http://www.jacklondonsquare.com/events.php
July Fourth Celebration
Nevada City’s parade begins at 2 p.m. July 4 on Main Street, followed by a family celebration at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, featuring live music and entertainment, food and refreshments, and a fireworks spectacular blasting off at 9:30 p.m. Fairgrounds gates open at 3 p.m. and entertainment begins at 4 p.m. $8 general, free for children ages 12 and younger. Grass Valley Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley. $8 general, free for children ages 12 and younger. (530) 273-4667. http://festivalnet.com
The annual Fourth of July event will offer hay mazes, games, and an arts and crafts area. Gates open at 4 p.m. July 4, live music and dancing starts at 6 p.m. Fireworks top off the event. El Dorado Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville. $3 general; free for ages 6 and younger; $5 parking; $15 package includes parking and admission for up to six people. (530) 621-6860.
Picnic in the Park & Fireworks
Benicia’s City Park will be filled with arts and crafts, live entertainment, and children’s activities from noon to 7 p.m. July 4. Fireworks start about 9 p.m. at First Street. First Street in Downtown Benicia, 90 First St., Benicia. (707) 745-9791. http://www.beniciamainstreet.org
Rancho Cordova Fourth of July
Carnival rides, free concerts and fireworks at the Rancho Cordova Fourth of July. Open 4-11 p.m. July 3, with Hip Service at 8 p.m., followed by a fireworks mini-show. On July 4, there will be a parade at 10 a.m., all-day carnival and festival featuring Kymmi & the Diamondbacks, Rancho Cordova River City Concert Band, The Somebodys and Superlicious, plus Fireworks Spectacular. Free Kid’s Zone. Hagan Park, 2197 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova. $2 admission, $10 parking. (916) 273-5704. http://www.ranchocordovajuly4th.com
Lakeport Independence Day Festivities
The all-day street fair to include music, arts and crafts, begins with a cardboard/duct tape boat race and ends with fireworks over Clear Lake. 7 a.m. July 4. Library Park, between First and Third streets, Lakeport. Free. (707) 263-5092.
Napa County Fair & Fireworks – July 4
The Napa County Fair celebrates the food, wine and art of Napa Valley with live music, strolling entertainers, Kids Town USA, and antique tractors; Fourth of July old-fashioned games and contests on the Fiesta Stage (noon-6 p.m.); and fireworks spectacular at 9:30 p.m. The Fair’s Fourth of July Parade will be held 11 a.m.-noon in downtown Calistoga. Fair opens at noon. Napa County Fairgrounds, 1435 N. Oak St., Calistoga. Fair admission: $5-$10. (707) 942-5111. http://www.NapaCountyFair.org
4th of July Fireworks Spectacular with the San Francisco Symphony: Gold Meal Music
The San Francisco Symphony performs its annual Fourth of July concert and celebration. The evening finishes with a spectacular fireworks show. 8 p.m. July 4. Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View. $24-$35. (415) 864-6000. http://www.sfsymphony.org/press
North Lake Tahoe celebrations
Kings Beach deck party celebration, 6 p.m. July 3 at the North Tahoe Event Center ($15), with live music, food vendors and no-host bar; fireworks off the sandy shores at 9:30 p.m. Tahoe City hosts its fireworks show at Commons Beach at 9:30 p.m. July 4. Incline Village holds its Red, White & Tahoe Blue festivities scheduled June 30-July 7, and a fireworks show 9:30 p.m. July 4 off Incline Beach. In Truckee, the free Truckee Fourth of July Parade, 10 a.m. July 4, will be held along Donner Pass Road, ending in historic downtown. The Fourth of July Fireworks is scheduled at dusk July 4 at West End Beach at Donner Lake. (530) 546-9000. www.gottahoenorth.com.