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4th of July in Sacramento 2013

Independence Day festivities in and around the city


4th of July is a time for celebration in Sacramento, and since it falls on a Thursday this year, there is even more reason to look forward to less time in the office and more time outside with friends and family. From parades to fireworks, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the Independence Day festivities.

Celebrate America

Saturday, June 29, 4pm

Twin Oaks Community Park, Rocklin

This family-friendly 4th of July event includes American Idol Finalist Danny Gokey, along with a freedom-themed musical featuring over 150 performers. The evening wraps up with fireworks set to music, along with plenty of food vendors and activities for all ages. Admission and parking are both free.

Fourth on the Field

Thursday, July 4, 6pm-10pm

Raley Field, West Sacramento

The River Cats stadium is hosting its first annual 4th of July event featuring food trucks, live music and an impressive fireworks display. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. The first 1000 kids will receive a free ticket the purchase of an adult ticket. Space is limited and will feature a wide array of activities, entertainment and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Rancho Cordova Fourth of July Celebration

Wed, July 3, 4pm AND Thursday, July 4, 10am

Hagan Community Park, Rancho Cordova

This two-day event is one of the regions most well-known, featuring two nights of fireworks and concerts. The one-and-a-half day festival features carnival-style games, various forms of entertainment and plenty of free attractions. The celebration is only $2 per person, and local parking is $10. All parking fees go toward local non-profit organizations.

Buffalo Chips 4th of July Run/Walk

Thursday, July 4, 7:45am

Glen Hall Park, Sacramento

Start out the 4th with a 5-mile run/walk event organized by the Buffalo Chips Running Club. Participation is free, and the race kicks off directly north of Sacramento State on the corner of Sandburg and Carlson in River Park. Kids 10 and under are welcome to participate in a special half-mile race, while everybody else will set off at 8am. No t-shirts or hoopla for this event – just a great chance to get outdoors before the day’s celebrations – and heat!

American River the Beautiful

Saturday, July 6, 10:30am-12pm

Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael

Families are invited to come explore the natural beauty of the American river while enjoying information presented by a guided tour. This nature walk (as well as the nature center itself) is free of charge, sans a $5 per car entrance fee enforced by the county. Donations are accepted, but no charge is required. The walk begins at 10:30, and sign-ups are first come, first served that morning. It’s recommended you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure time.

Sacramento Independence Day Celebration at Cal Expo

Thursday July 4, 6pm

Cal Expo, Sacramento

As the largest fireworks display in Sacramento each year, this event is admission free (parking is $10). Doors open at 6pm with the fireworks starting at 9:30pm. Food and drinks are available at the start of the evening, and early arrival is recommended as this is one of the most popular events in Sacramento.

Swabbies on the River

Thursday, July 4, 2pm-4pm

5871 Garden Highway, Sacramento

Swabbies will be providing live music for free, as well as offering many drink specials throughout the day. Bacardi-themed cocktails will run from 3pm-4pm, while Bud Light specials go from 2pm-4pm. Door prizes will be given away, along with plenty of outdoor seating for early birds.

Carmichael Parade and Fireworks Display

Thursday, July 4 – all day

Carmichael Park & La Sierra Community Center, Carmichael

This vintage celebration continues to draw crowds each year, starting with the parade at 10:30am. Join your neighbors at 7pm at La Sierra for food, music, children’s activities and a fireworks show. Tickets are $5 for the evening festivities, and the morning parade is free.

Salute to the Red, White and Blue

Thursday, July 4 – all day

Elk Grove Regional Park, Elk Grove

This alcohol-free family event includes concerts in the park and plenty of picnic spots on the grass. Admission is free (parking fee is $10) and pets are not allowed to attend this one. Food and soda are available for purchase throughout the day, and the fireworks kick off at 9:30pm that evening.

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