Livingston celebrates nation’s independence

A patriotic, joyous spirit filled the air in Livingston as residents came out to celebrate the nation’s independence with a three-day festival.

The festival, which kicked off Friday and concluded Sunday, included a carnival at Memorial Park and a 45-minute firework show that lit up the sky Friday night. Both were free.

There was also a classic car show, including a parade of hot rods, which started at the TravelCenters of America truck stop and ended at Memorial Park.

The festival featured a variety of fun rides, in addition to a diverse lineup of family friendly entertainment, dancers and performers, such as the the Valley Cats Band.

Organizers this year had initially planned to have three days of fireworks at the festival but was cut to one day because of the drought and increasing demands on firefighting resources.

Fourth of July celebrations were also held this year in Atwater, Gustine and Los Banos.