We did declare, in 1776
What: That poppin’ sound around your neighborhood is all about the 238th anniversary of this country’s independence. Amid the parades, picnics and fireworks, take time to read the document that started it all.
Wet and wild pond animals
What: Kids love getting wet and wild. Why not go somewhere where they can learn about the wildlife that like to do the same thing? Wet and Wild Pond Animals unveils the crawly, squishy, hoppy pond dwellers that make their homes in the Ancil Hoffman Park.
When: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael
Cost: Free; $5 per car park entry fee
Fun times at Fairytale Town
What: Between the Chinese lion dancing and drumming, Scottish Highland dancing, ballet folklorico and more, Fairytale Town will be moving to international beats.
When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday
Where: Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento
Cost: $5.50 park admission; children under 2 free
Information: (916) 808-7462, www.fairytaletown.org
Give it up for Sam Bam
What: Sam Bam’s Comedy Jam is hitting the Punch Line Comedy Club stage after Bam made his mark on the Bay Area comedic scene. The Stockton native has been featured on BET and was a finalist in the Bay Area Black Comedy Competition.
When: 10 p.m. Saturday
Where: Punch Line Comedy Club, 2100 Arden Way, Suite 225, Sacramento
Information: (916) 925-5500; http://punchlinesac.com
Drum & bugle
DCI Capital Classic
What: The third DCI Capital Classic brings eight drum corps from across the state to march, maneuver and play challenging music – all at the same time.
When: 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Monterey Trail High School, 8661 Power Inn Road, Elk Grove
What: Ready for a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious time? If so, opt for the Disney classic about the idealized magical nanny Mary Poppins, who commands a cheery cast of characters. The kids will be singing and stepping in time.
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-July 13; 2 p.m. Thursday and July 12-13
Where: Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St., Sacramento
Cost: $35-$65, $20 discount available for ages 4-12