Fourth of July is Monday, but festivities start Friday and stretch through the weekend. Here’s a look at celebratory hotspots.
Saturday, July 2
Picnic and Croquet
The Old Sacramento Living History Program recreates Independence Day 1850s style with an old fashioned picnic and croquet. Held in front of the Sacramento History Museum, 101 I St., Old Sacramento. Included with admission. 916-808-7059; sachistorymuseum.org/programs-events/living-history. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
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Independence Day Parade
Arnold’s annual parade steps off at 10 a.m. It runs adjacent to the Sierra Nevada Arts & Crafts Festival (10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 2-Sunday, July 3) on Highway 4. Free. 925-372-8961. 10 a.m.
Sunday, July 3
Fireworks & Freedom Concert
Apple Z performs in the Steven Young Amphitheater (8-11 p.m.); a kids zone will offer a bounce house and video gaming ($10, $15 wristband); and a fireworks show choreographed to music (9:30 p.m.). El Dorado Hills Town Center, 4364 Town Center Blvd., El Dorado Hills. Free. 916-933-6699; eldoradohillstowncenter.com/fireworks-freedom-concert. 7-11 p.m.
Red, White & Brews
Participating Old Sacramento bars offer select American beers for $3 (ages 21 and older); fireworks slated after the Sacramento River Cats game (game time varies). 916-442-8575; http://oldsacramento.com/special-events.
Monday, July 4
Festival-goers can bring barbecues (propane) and coolers (no outside alcohol) to the El Dorado Fairgrounds for this Fourth of July celebration, which includes contests and games for the kids, hay maze and bounce house ($5); live music (6 p.m.) and fireworks. El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville. $3 gate admission. $6 parking. $15 per car (parking and gate admission up to 6 people). $45 for RVs. 530-621-5860; eldoradocountyfair.org. 4 p.m.
Carmichael’s Fourth of July
Carmichael kicks off its festivities with the 58th annual Elks Club Parade at 10:30 a.m. down Fair Oaks Boulevard. Beginning at 7 p.m., the La Sierra Community Center will be the setting for an evening of family activities such as arts and crafts, face painting, inflatables and balloon artist. Plus, fireworks at dark. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome. La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engle Road, Carmichael. Free. 916-485-5322; carmichaelpark.com. 10:30 a.m.
Auburn Family Fourth
There will be bingo, kids activities, music, food, and fireworks at 9:40 p.m. Gold Country Fairground, 1273 High St., Auburn. Free. 530-823-4533; goldcountryfair.com/event/auburn-family-4th. 4-10 p.m.
Columbia’s Glorious Fourth of July
Columbia State Historic Park’s celebration begins with a ceremonial flag raising and black powder musket salute. The event continues with a parade (noon), live music, a bucket brigade (1 p.m.), and contests such as nail-pounding, pie-eating and egg toss. Columbia State Historic Park, 11255 Jackson St., Columbia. Free. 209-588-9128; visitcolumbiacalifornia.com. 11 a.m.
July Fourth Parade
Twain Harte salutes the day with a parade at 11:30 a.m. Downtown Twain Harte, Main Street. Free. 209-586-1976; twainhartecc.com. 11:30 a.m.
Nevada County Fourth of July
In addition to the parade at 11 a.m. down Broad Street, Nevada City extends its family celebration at the fairgrounds with live music by Swamp Billy and Bob Woods, and the Lolo Gervaia Band; a beer and wine booth; and fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Nevada County Fairgrounds, McCourtney Road, Grass Valley. Celebration/fireworks: $10 advance; $20 at gate; free for children ages 12 and younger, military with ID; parking $5. 530-273-4667; www.grassvalleychamber.com. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sacramento Independence Day
While spectators can view fireworks from Cal Expo’s grounds, ideal setting is inside the racetrack gates where all the family activities take place. Fireworks explode over the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand at 9:30 p.m. Cal Expo Fairgrounds, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. Free; $10 limited reserved seating, and parking. 916-263-3000; calexpo.com/independence-day-celebration. 5 p.m.
Fourth of July Celebration
A fireworks extravaganza is preceded by free entertainment at the Davis Community Park main stage. Community Park, 1405 F St., Davis. 530-757-5602. For complete schedule, go to http://cityofdavis.org/city-hall/city-manager-s-office/community-events/fourth-of-july. 4 p.m.
Capitol Pops Concert Band
This concert in the park is a patriotic tribute, directed by Kurt Pearsall. Blankets and chairs welcome. Vendors on site. Royer Park, 190 Park Drive, Roseville. Free. rosevillemusicinthepark.com. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Fourth on the Field
Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly event or an evening cocktail party, Fourth on the Field delivers, with more than 20 food trucks, games, bounce house, live music, culminating with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. (visible from Front Street, Old Sacramento). Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento. $15 general, $5 children ages 12 and younger. $10 parking. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com. 6 p.m.
A Salute to the Red, White & Blue
Elk Grove offers its epic blowout with "A Salute to the Red, White & Blue." The 20th annual celebration is a nod to the City’s 16th anniversary of incorporation, and the 10th anniversary of the Elk Grove Police Department. Festivities include "Let Freedom Ride" bike and stroller parade at 5:30 p.m.; vendor exhibits; entertainment from the Sacramento Single Squares and Groove Thang (6 p.m.); and fireworks show at 9:30 (live simulcast from 93.7 Jack FM). Elk Grove Regional Park, Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove. $10 per vehicle. 916-683-7111; www.elkgrovecity.org.
Fourth of July Celebration
Bring blankets and lawn chairs. The grandstands located in the speedway will be open for additional seating. Live music, beer, and snacks will be on hand before the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All American City Blvd., Roseville. Parking is $5. www.placercountyfair.org. Gates opens at 5 p.m.
Lights on the Lake
Experience a boomfest over Lake Tahoe’s South Shore, rated one of the top five biggest displays in the nation by the American Pyrotechnics Association. Lights on the Lake fireworks will commence at 9:45 p.m. Simulcast on local radio station KRLT-FM 93.9 or KOWL-AM 1490. Watch from Nevada Beach, Timber Cove Marina, or El Dorado Beach. http://www.tahoeactivities.com/events/2016-07.
Rancho Cordova Fourth of July
Centered around Hagan Park, the two-day festival features a carnival, kids zone, musical entertainment, BMX freestyle show, and parade (10 a.m. Monday, July 4, on Coloma Road). Each day is topped off with a fireworks extravaganza at 9:45 p.m.: California Dreamin’ choreographed show Sunday, July 3, and a Fireworks Spectacular with patriotic music on Monday, July 4. Hagan Park, 2197 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova. $20 unlimited ride wristband when purchased in advance by Saturday, July 2. $10 parking. 916-273-5704; http://www.ranchocordovajuly4th.com/carnival. Noon Sunday, July 3; 9 a.m. Monday, July 4.
Folsom Pro Rodeo
The Folsom Pro Rodeo boasts its nightly fireworks tradition. Dan Russell Rodeo Arena, 403 Stafford St., Folsom. Admission: $21.50 general; $15.50 seniors, children. Reserved seating: $26.50. 916-985-2698; www.folsomrodeo.com. Gates open at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 2-Monday, July 4.
Red, White and Tahoe Blue
Incline Village showcases its patriotic flare with a Hometown Celebration theme weekend, Friday, July 1-Monday, July 4. There will be a community fair, Patriots’ Day, Hometown Parade, and an Armed Forces Tribute and fireworks display with music provided by the Air National Guard Band of the West (9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4). For a complete schedule, go to http://redwhitetahoeblue.com/calendar.
Music in the Mountains presents Russian Fireworks with pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski and Jeffrey Reed, conductor, Friday, July 1. Plus, a fireworks display will be part of the show. Patriotic Pops, conducted by Pete Nowlen, is SummerFest’s finale, held Sunday, July 3. Gates open at 6:45 p.m. for picnics. Concerts begins at 8:15 p.m. There’s lawn seating. Blankets and chairs welcomed. Western Gateway Park, 18560 Penn Valley Road, Penn Valley. $10-$40. 530-265-6124; www.musicinthemountains.org. Gates open at 6:45; concerts at 8:15 p.m. Friday, July 1, and Sunday, July 3.