See what's happening around the Sacramento region for the Fourth of July 2013.
Thursday, July 4
Salute to the Red, White and Blue
The 17th annual Salute to the Red, White and Blue fireworks show hosted by the city of Elk Grove at the Elk Grove Regional Park (9950 Elk Grove Florin Road, Elk Grove). The festivities begin in the evening with live music and food. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free; parking is $10 per vehicle. 5 p.m. Free. (916) 691-2489. www.elkgrovecity.org/rwb/index.asp.
4th of July Family BLAST
Kids activities, food and beverage, live music (6-10 p.m.), hay mazes, arts and crafts, free kids contests and games, mechanical and inflatable rides, fireworks show (dark). Gates open at 4 p.m. Admission: $5 for parking in the tiers; $3 per person (walk-in at the gate); free for children ages 6 and younger. $15 per carload (includes parking on the grounds and gate admission for up to 6 people). El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville. (530) 621-5860; http://eldoradocountyfair.org/blast.html.
Benicia Picnic in the Park and Fireworks
Benicia's City Park will be filled with arts and crafts, food, live entertainment and children's activities. Fireworks start about 9 p.m. at the foot of First Street. Noon. City Park, Military W and First Street, Benicia. (707) 745-9791; www.beniciamainstreet.org.
Fairfield Independence Day Parade
10 a.m. on Texas Street, Fairfield. To include performances, food vendors, and activities. Reviewing stand will be located at Jefferson and Texas streets. (707) 422-0103.
Fireworks on the Waterfront
Stockton's community events and fireworks held at Banner Island Ballpark (404 W. Fremont St.) and University Plaza Waterfront Hotel (110 W. Fremont St.). Gates open at 1 p.m. Free youth baseball clinic hosted by Major League Baseball alumni (clinic instructed by former MLB and hall of fame members) at 2 p.m. Batting practice for former MLB and hall of fame members at 4 p.m. Legends of Baseball Vintage Showdown baseball game featuring the Legends of Baseball at 6 p.m. Live music/band at 8 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. $5. (209) 644-1900.
Folsom Pro Rodeo
Rodeo action to include bull riding, bronc riding and mutton busting; nightly in-arena fireworks; live music; flag arrives in arena by parachute. 7 p.m. Thursday-July 6. Folsom City Lions Park, 403 Stafford St., Folsom. $15-$35. (916) 985-2698; www.folsomrodeo.com.
Fourth on the Field, Raley Field
Raley Field will host a Fourth of July celebration. Food trucks, live music and a fireworks extravaganza, presented by Bug Zappers Pest Control. 6 p.m. Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento. $8 general, $5 children. The first 1,000 children will receive a free ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket. (916) 376-4676; www.raleyfield.com.
Independence Day Celebration
Held at the Miller Lite Grandstand at Cal Expo (1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento). Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; fireworks at 9:30 p.m. $10 reserved seats; $10 parking. (916) 263-3000.
Independence Day on the Wine Train
The Napa Valley Wine Train's Fourth of July Train. Reservations suggested. 6:30 p.m. Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 McKinstry St., Napa. $124-$164. (800) 427-4124; www.winetrain.com.
July 4th Festival of Family Fun at Jack London Square
Celebrate Independence Day on the Oakland waterfront at Jack London Square's July 4th Festival of Family Fun. Offering interactive activities and performers, including a bubble wrangler, jugglers, magicians, Uncle Sam stilt walkers, petting zoo, face painters, balloon artists, hula hoopers, bike rentals, puppet shows, craft making, fire engines and performances from the Circus Spire Youth Troupe. 11 a.m. Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland. Free. (510) 645-9292; www.jacklondonsquare.com.
Patriotic Music at Children's Fourth of July Parade
The Yuba Sutter Symphony will provide patriotic music at the Yuba City Children's Fourth of July parade, set for 10 a.m. at the Town Square fountain in Yuba City. Free admission; donations accepted. (530) 671-2029.
Suisun City Independence Day Celebration
The Fourth of July celebration with picnicking, music and a fireworks display (9:15 p.m.) over the Waterfront. Entertainment includes Alive Music Orchestra, Chapkis Dance, among others. 11 a.m. Suisun City Waterfront, 718 Main St., Suisun City. Free. (707) 421-7309.
July 4th on the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet
Tour the ship and enjoy a day filled with food, games and a live concert on the Flight Deck beginning at 3 p.m. with Bay Area Heat, Celtic rock band Tempest and the Stacy Adams Band. Also view San Francisco fireworks from the flight deck. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. USS Hornet Museum, West Hornet Avenue, Pier 3, Alameda. $10 general, $10 children ages 5-17. (510) 521-8448, ext. 282.
Arden Arcade's Parade
The 12th Annual Arden Arcade Spirit of Freedom Parade will begin at 10 a.m. beginning at the Sacramento County Building, 2700 Fulton Ave., The route goes south past El Camino Avenue and turns on Cottage Way continuing west to Bell Street where it will turn north and finish at Howe Park. Family entertainment will be held in the park following the parade. (916) 927-3802.
A pancake breakfast sponsored by the Kiwanis Club will be held 7-11 a.m. at Carmichael Park, followed by the 55th annual Elks Club Parade on Fair Oaks Boulevard starting at 10:30 a.m., continuing to Manzanita and Cypress avenues. Activities at 7 p.m. precede the 9:30 p.m. fireworks show at the La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engle Road. (916) 485-5322.
Celebrate! Napa Valley (Napa County Fair and Fireworks)
Fourth of July Celebration as part of the Napa County Fair, with a parade (11 a.m. Thursday, downtown Calistoga), fireworks show (9:30 p.m. Thursday). Reds, Whites and Blues wine tasting (7-9 p.m. next Friday), Calistoga Classic bull riding (5 p.m. July 6), Fiesta Mexicana y Jaripeo (4 p.m. July 7). Fair hours: 4-11 p.m. Wednesday; noon-11 p.m. Thursday; 2-11 p.m. next Friday-July 7. Fair admission: $5-$10. (707) 942-5111. Napa County Fairgrounds, 1435 N. Oak St., Calistoga. $10-$50. (707) 942-5111; www.napacountyfair.org.
Rocklin's Fourth of July event features "American Idol" finalist Danny Gokey; patriotic musical with more than 150 cast members; tribute to military; food vendors; fireworks choreographed to music. Gate opens at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Twin Oaks Community Park, Park Drive, Rocklin. Free. (916) 780-2273; http://celebrateamericaonline.com.
Rancho Cordova Fourth of July Celebration
The 29th annual festival offers music by Starship featuring Mickey Thomas (8:15 p.m. Wednesday), the '80s cover band Superlicious (8:15 p.m. Thursday), and classic rock with the Crawford Perkes Band (6:30-7:45 p.m. Wednesday); food court; beer gardens with live band entertainment; kids zone; action zone (with zip line); BMX half-pipe performances; bounce houses; peddle boat rides; children's carnival; parade at 10 a.m. Thursday on Coloma Road; pyro birthday cake and fireworks mini-show at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday; fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Thursday. $2 general, free for children ages 5 and younger; $10 parking. (4-11 p.m. Wednesday; noon-11 p.m. Thursday. Hagan Community Park, Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova. $2 general, free for children ages 5 and younger; $10 parking. (916) 851-8818.