Sure, the Fourth of July falls on a Thursday this year, making it very tempting to head out of town. But you don’t have to go far for fun this Fourth of July weekend. Here are a few patriotically inspired activities.
Get started on July 3
• Savor a slice of Americana with a ball game July 3. Our very own River Cats take on the Tucson Padres at 6:35 p.m. at beautiful Raley Field. Post-game fireworks will really set off the July 4 spirit.
• Dine alfresco at Rio City Cafe in Old Sacramento. Call now for reservations and try to snag a table outdoors. Then, stay for post-game fireworks at Raley Field. Just want some libations? Head over to the Delta King next door. The lounge area of the historic boat is one of the best in town.
July 4: Get ready. Get set. There’s a lot to do from morning till night all around town this Independence Day.
• Carmichael: Get fueled up for the day at the Kiwanis-sponsored pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Carmichael Park Clubhouse, 5750 Grant Ave. Get to breakfast early so you can join the parade—the 55th annual—which starts at 10:30 a.m. at Fair Oaks Boulevard and Marconi Avenue. It ends at the Elks Club, 5631 Cypress Ave., where there will be swimming, music and dancing. Head over to La Sierra Community Center at 5325 Engle Road at 7 p.m. The Carmichael Little League will have its snack bar open, and there will be activities for kids and live music before the big fireworks show, which starts at approximately 9:30 p.m. Admission to everything is free with the exception of the pancake breakfast, which costs $5 for adults and $3 for kids ages 12 and younger.
• Elk Grove: 17th Annual Salute to the Red, White and Blue. Gates open at 7 a.m. at Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road; the fun starts at 6 p.m. with live music and food vendors (or, bring a picnic or goods to barbecue) followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free but it costs $10 to park.
• Greenhaven/Pocket: 4th of July Pocket Parade. The parade starts at 10 a.m. near Lisbon Elementary School, at 7555 S. Land Park Dr., travels down Windbridge Drive, and ends at Garcia Bend Park on Pocket Road. Afterward, gather at Garcia Bend Park to enjoy music, food trucks, a hot dog eating contest and a chance to adopt a new four-legged friend courtesy of the city of Sacramento Animal Care Services. Note: This post-parade party lasts until about 2 p.m., so you’ll have to get your fireworks fix someplace else. Oh, and a little birdie told me that a good place to watch the parade is from the Bel Air shopping center at Rush River and Windbridge drives.
• Rancho Cordova: 29th Annual Rancho Cordova 4th of July Celebration: Note: This is a two-day event at Hagan Park, 2197 Chase Drive, that also celebrates Rancho Cordova’s 10th anniversary of cityhood. What to expect: food court, beer garden, kids zone, action zone (up for a little zip-lining?), kiddy carnival and more. Wednesday night’s entertainment: Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas. The band goes on at 8:15 p.m.; fireworks go off soon after—about 9:30–9:45 p.m. (But get there early, everything starts at 4 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m.) The fun starts up again July 4 at 10 a.m. with a parade, which starts at Coloma Road at Cordova Lane, followed by a day of fun in the park from noon to 11 p.m. Superlicious performs on the main stage at 8:15 p.m. with fireworks after the show. Admission is $2 and free for children ages 5 and younger. It will cost $10 to park in nearby lots (no parking in the park).
• Roseville: 4th of July Celebration. Start your day off with a 5K run (Run Crime Out of Roseville), which starts at 7:45 a.m. (in Royer Park, 190 Park Drive), then a parade at 10 a.m. (starts at the intersection of Riverside/Vernon/Douglas and ends at Royer Park), followed by food, games and music courtesy of the Capitol Pops Concert Band from 11 am. to 2 p.m. at Royer Park. (The band takes the stage at noon.) Take a break, rest up, then head over to the Placer County Fairgrounds (800 All America City Blvd.) for fireworks. Gates open at 7 p.m., the show starts at 9:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase, and don’t forget about the $5 parking fee.
• Sacramento: Sacramento Independence Day Celebration: Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks go off at 9:30 p.m. at the Miller Lite Grandstand at Cal Expo. Admission is free but parking is $10. Food and drink will be available for sale.
•West Sacramento: Fourth on the Field. Gates open at 6 p.m. for this first-of-its-kind event at Raley Field. Enjoy live music, games and food-truck fare while you wait for the fireworks extravaganza to begin at approximately 9:25 or when it gets dark. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger.
Free admission to the California State Military Museum. Located in Old Sacramento, The California State Military Museum is the official military museum and historical research center of the state of California. It is home to more than 30,000 artifacts, a library and archives. Its intent, according to Museum Director Dan Sebby, is not to glorify war but to “remind this and future generations of the sacrifices made by previous generations to keep our state and nation free.” The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Independence Day, and admission is free to all visitors.