2016 Fourth of July Celebrations in Sacramento


Fourth of July picnic and croquet game, anyone? How about a real live rodeo? Or maybe a neighborhood parade? These are just a few of the many Independence Day celebrations happening in the Sacramento area this year. Sacramento loves to celebrate America’s independence so there is no shortage of events to choose from, so start making your plans now! We’ve highlighted just a few of the area’s events, below. You can check your local city website for additional events around the region.

July 2

4th of July Picnic and Croquet Game, Sacramento History Museum in Old Sacramento – Bring the entire family down to Old Sacramento to celebrate Independence Day in historic style. Old Sacramento Living History re-enactors will be enjoying a picnic on the grass, followed by their annual croquet tournament. Come decked out in your red, white, and blue.

July 2 – July 4

Folsom Pro Rodeo – Come experience a great American tradition. The Folsom Pro Rodeo has been kickin’ it for 55 years. Don’t miss this fun family event that includes: bull riding, bare back, barrel racing, mutton busting, and a spectacular fireworks show.

July 3 – July 4

Rancho Cordova Fourth of July – Join the folks in Rancho Cordova for a fun two-day festival celebrating the local community and American heritage. Enjoy concerts, a carnival, festival food, a kids zone, a BMX show, a beer garden, exhibits, and parade.

July 4

Fourth on the Field, Raley Field in West Sacramento – Come out and celebrate the birth of the nation while bringing back the feel of a neighborhood block party with local food trucks lining the warning track, interactive games on the field, a kids area with fun games and inflatables for all ages, and live music.

Independence Day Fireworks at Cal Expo – A free, family friendly Independence Day Celebration will take place at the Miller Lite Grandstand at Cal Expo. Join the City and County of Sacramento and iHeart Media to watch the largest pyrotechnics display in Sacramento. While admission is free, parking is $10 per vehicle.

Spirit of Freedom 4th of July Parade – Bring the family out to the 15th Annual Arden Arcade Spirit of Freedom 4th of July Parade. The parade route is approximately 1.4 miles. Immediately following the parade, there will be an awards ceremony at the park, along with informational booths, family activities, and food.

All floats will be judged, and trophies will be given for the most creative youth, best-decorated bicycle, best of show, most spirited, best of show youth, best auto/motorcycle, and best community group.

4th of July Fireworks Show at La Sierra Community Center in Carmichael – Join in for food, music, and fun. Activities include arts and crafts, inflatables, face paintings, a balloon artist, and more. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and shade umbrellas.

Salute to the Red, White and Blue at Elk Grove Regional Park – Join the City of Elk Grove to celebrate 20 years of spectacular fireworks! The Salute to the Red, White, and Blue will include vendors, live entertainment, and of course, a spectacular fireworks display.

Are you Military?

Free Fourth at Funderland – Military and their families will receive free, unlimited ride wristbands to Sacramento’s favorite kid-size amusement park on July 4. Have fun driving the Backroads Buggies, flying through the air with the Flying Dragon or swinging with the park’s newest ride, the Squirrelly Whirl.


Celebrate Independence Day with Fireworks Displays and Other Holiday Events around Sacramento

Fireworks in Sacramento

By Heather Crivellone

With the 4th of July right around the corner, you may be starting to plan your family festivities.  The temperatures are high and most of us are wanting to stay cool, but if you are feeling adventurous and ready for some fun, then check out the list of some local parties going on around town. All are family friendly, so put on some “red, white and blue” and enjoy Independence Day with your family and friends!

River Cats Independence Day Celebration 
July 3rd at Raley Field 400 BallPark Drive, the Sacramento River Cats will take on the Salt Lake Bee’s followed by an Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular.

Raley Field 4th on the Field Food Truck Event
 Saturday, July 4 from 6pm -10pm, Raley Field will host a 4th of July celebration.
The food truck community will gather on Raley Field’s outfield for a family friendly event featuring some of the region’s best local food, live music and a fireworks extravaganza.
Admission for Children under 12 is $9.95 and anyone over 12 is $15.85

Sacramento Independence Day Celebration at Cal Expo
July 4th from 5 – 10pm experience the largest pyrotechnics display in Sacramento!
Food and beverages will be sold and the fireworks show will begin at 9:30pm.
Admission is Free and Parking is $10.  

4th of July fun at the Davis Community Park
1405 F Street in Davis from 5pm – 10pm.
Food vendors and live entertainment for the whole family!
Fireworks show to begin at 9:30pm.

Carmichael Annual Fireworks Show at the La Sierra Community Center
5325 Engle Rd, Carmichael
From 7pm – 10pm enjoy music, food and free activities for the family.
Fireworks show will begin approximately 9:30pm.

Elk Grove’s “A Salute to the Red, White and Blue
Elk Grove Regional Park 9950 Elk Grove Florin Rd
From 5pm – 10pm enjoy live music, vendors, food and entertainment.
Fireworks will begin at 9:30. Parking is $10 per vehicle.

Rancho Cordova Fourth of July Celebration
Two-day cerebration on Friday and Saturday July 3 and 4.
Hagan Park 2197 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova
Enjoy Food vendors, Beer gardens, live entertainment, bounce houses, kids zone, carnival and more.

Roseville’s 4th of July Fireworks Show at Placer County Fairgrounds
800 All America City Blvd. Roseville
Gates will open at 6:30pm and the Fireworks show will begin approximately at 9:30.
Live music, food and beverages will be available for purchase. Parking is $5.

Lincoln’s 4th of July Celebration at McBean Park
Join local’s at this all day event that includes a food vendors, a kids zone and a fireworks show that will begin at 9:30pm.
This is just a few of the activities going on around the Sacramento area this week.  I’m sure there are many more events in your area that are not listed… parades, carnivals and such.  But hopefully this will help you to decide what to do when America celebrates our Independence on Thursday!

Woodland 4th of July Events – Starting first thing in the morning, join the city of Woodland for a fun run, pancake breakfast, bike parade and family fest, ice cream social, swim fest, and finally, a fireworks celebration at Woodland High School. Check the City of Woodland website for location and times for each event.

Have fun and be safe!

Fourth of July Weekend Family Fun in Sacramento

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6/3 – 7/3 – Fourth of July Fun at the Discovery Museum – Enjoy a visit to the Discovery Museum this holiday week with a self-guided tour of their Blast from the Past exhibit. Everyone loves rocks, fossils, and dinosaurs! Kids can show patriotic pride by crafting one of the most popular crafts, a star-spangled waver.

7/4 – 4th of July River Cruise aboard the Hornblower – Celebrate the red, white, and blue on a cruise down the Sacramento River this 4th of July! Enjoy a one hour river cruise leaving from Old Sacramento to see the historical river ways that built Sacramento into what it is today.  Celebrate with your whole family while getting your face painted, or receive a special balloon character from a balloon artist.

7/3 – 7/4 – Rancho Cordova’s Fourth of July Celebration – Rancho Cordova’s Fourth of July Celebration returns for a 30th year, and it’s bigger and better than ever! Join the fun with carnival rides, concerts, BMX show, festival food, free activities, booths, great Beer Garden, and the best fireworks shows in the region.  The day before, it’s Journey Unauthorized on the Main Stage followed by a fireworks minishow warm-up. On the fourth, run the All America City 5k and spend a fun-filled day in Hagan Park. Dance the night away with Night Fever on stage topped off with the Fireworks Spectacular!

7/4 – Fourth on the Field – Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Fourth on the Field celebration! Come out and celebrate the birth of the nation, while bringing back the feel of a neighborhood block party with local food trucks lining the warning track, interactive games on the field, a kids area with fun games, inflatables for all ages, and live music from Nunchuck Taylor!  To cap the night, bring your blankets and grab a spot on the field as they present a spectacular show in the sky with fireworks synced to America’s favorite patriotic music. Be prepared for a bigger, better, and longer show than last year!

7/4 – Stars & Stripes Breakfast – Start your day with a hearty American breakfast courtesy of the Elk Grove Lions Club! Come out to the park for pancakes with all the trimmings.  After breakfast, bring your bicycle and participate in the Let Freedom Ride Bike and Pedal Parade

7/4 – 13th Annual Spirit of Freedom 4th of July Parade – The 13th Annual Arden Arcade Spirit of Freedom Parade will travel south on Fulton Avenue, West on Cottage Way and North on Bell Street into Howe Park’s North lot (Route length is 1.7 miles).  Immediately following the parade, will be an awards ceremony at the Howe Park, along with family activities and free food.

7/4 – 7/5 – Rancho Cordova 4th of July 5k Run/Walk – Bring your family and friends and come exercise your freedom by participating in this fun 4th of July 5k! The run/walk will precede the 4th of July Parade. Run along Coloma Rd as people start lining the streets to cheer you on!  The course will be flat and fun! The 5k will start and finish at Mills Middle School. The course will run/walk you right through Hagan Park and along the 4th of July parade route, where people will be lining the streets to cheer you on.

7/5 – International Celebration at Fairytale Town – Fairytale Town presents a day of international dance on the outdoor Mother Goose Stage. Enjoy nonstop performances of dances from around the world, including Chinese lion dancing and drumming, Scottish highland dancing, ballet folklorico and more.

7/5 – Wet Wild Pond Animals at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Some are slimy, some are bumpy, and some even have hard outer shells. Join a naturalist for some “catch and release” activities in the Nature Center pond and discover the animals that call our local ponds and wetland habitats home.

7/5 – 7/6 – Fanciful Fishes – Are you ready to swim like a fish? Visit the Discovery Museum this weekend to experience their “Swim For Your Life” experience. The visitor is an avatar salmon fighting their way upstream to spawn.  Beware of the bear, eagle, and fisherman! In the classroom, kids will craft a woven paper fish mat to remember their fishy day at the museum.

7/6 – Meet the Menagerie at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Visit the critters that live in the Nature Center and learn why these animals couldn’t survive in the wild.

Five Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Activities in Sacramento

1488267_10153642396675065_1666433344_nBy Alyssa Green

It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone and it’s already time to celebrate the beginning of 2014.  If you are looking for some New Year’s Eve activities  in Sacramento that the whole family can enjoy together, you are in luck.  Check out our list below – you are sure to find at least one event or activity that you will want to participate in.  Happy New Year!

1. New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular in Old Sacramento – The 2013 New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular event will offer kid-friendly programming, lively street entertainment and live music provided by the popular Radio Disney Road Crew, the ever-energetic Natomas Drumline, Nashville Recording Artist McKenna Faith and the Northern California-based funk and soul phenomenon, Joy & Madness band. In addition, the magical and electrifying “Theatre of Lights” will wrap up the holiday season with two final – and free – performances at 7 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. on K Street (between Front & 2nd Streets).  Fireworks shows are at 9:00 pm and Midnight.

2. Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink – Presented by the Sacramento Downtown Partnership, the holiday ice rink is located at St. Rose of Lima Park and is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on New Year’s Eve day.  Bring in a receipt from the Downtown Plaza and you’ll receive free skate rental.

3. Noon Year’s Eve: A Free Family Festival at the Crocker Art Museum – Say a big hello to 2014 with a high energy New Year’s celebration that takes you around the world and back again. Families can count down to the New Year at noon at this fun and free celebration of global cultural experiences. With live music and dance performances and festive art activities happening throughout the Museum, this is one New Year’s celebration everyone can stay awake for.

4. Sacramento New Year’s Eve River Cruise – Spend your New Year’s Eve on the Sacramento River aboard the Hornblower.  Enjoy a unique view of  the New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular Fireworks show* onboard a one hour River  Cruise! There are two Cruise times available so you can catch the earlier  Fireworks Show*, or the traditional show timing. You and your guests can relax  during an evening cruise under the Tower Bridge and I Street Bridge with  background music and a complimentary toast of champagne! A bar is available on  board to purchase additional wine, beer and cocktails. Mingle inside or step  onto the outer deck to view the fireworks show put on by the City of Sacramento  as you ring in 2014.

5. Who Year Celebrations at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – Come celebrate the arrival of the New Year at SCM on December 31st, with Who Year activities all day! Every hour, guests will learn what countries are celebrating New Year’s Day in real-time. Every hour you will be invited to participate in a Bubble Stomp, creating the sounds of celebration! Guests will also participate in Cultural Connections activities that relate to the celebration of New Year’s Day around the world!  All admissions are 50% off!

Sacramento Area 4th of July Celebrations

2012 4th of July celebrations start this weekend.  Here’s what’s happening in and around Sacramento in celebration of the red, white and blue.

6/29 – Family Friday:  Red, White & Blue at the Crocker Art Musuem – The theme is red, white, and blue. Children of all ages and their families are invited to celebrate the Fourth of July with a holiday-themed art-making activity and a sing-along to patriotic tunes, performed live by Shade Chasers. Then join a music parade and march and twirl around the Courtyard. Picnic fare will be available for purchase from the Crocker Cafe by Supper Club.  Free with Museum admission.

6/29-7/1 – Folsom Pro Rodeo and Fireworks – Seven event PRCA rodeo.  Entertainment includes  fireworks every night, an American Flag Sky Diver parachute jumps into arena, mutton busting, silver dollar dig, live music and dancing.

6/30 – Run 4 Independence in Elk Grove – By participating in Run 4 Independence each of you helps a family or individual in need. The funds raised at this event will impact seniors, men, women, children, and the homeless by providing food, clothing, and services year round. The Elk Grove Food Bank serves approximately 32,000 each year. This past year they had an unprecedented 40 percent increase, especially among seniors and children.

The races includes: 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, and Kids’ 1/4 Mile and 1/2 Mile Fun Runs.

7/3 – River Cats Independence Day Celebration – The River Cats take on the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in this baseball game. Kids eat free with a free membership in the Dinger’s Kids Club and there will be an American Flag giveaway to the first 2,500 fans.

The River Cats will also be offering a special All-American BBQ ticket package, which includes a pregame BBQ withTri tip, hamburgers, Raley Field hot dogs, three sides, one drink ticket, and a Senate ticket to the game.

In additon there will be a firework extravaganza that is sure to light up the night sky after the game.

7/3-4 – Rancho Cordova 4th of July Celebration at Hagan Park – Rancho Cordova Fourth of July is a two-day festival celebrating the local community and our American heritage. Includes a parade, food and beer garden, a kids zone and fireworks show.

7/4 – Military Appreciation Day at Funderland – In honor of the 4th of July, and those who have served or are currently serving with the US Military, Funderland would like to say thank you by extending some very special offers and discounts for you and your family.
Remember that Military ID will be required to obtain these offers. Come in early as there are limited quantities of vouchers to give away!

7/4 – Sacramento Independence Day Celebration – Cal Expo annually joins the City and County of Sacramento to produce the largest-scale pyrotechnics display in the area’s history. The Independence Day Celebration is a family oriented collection of activities focused around our Nation’s birthday. The celebration begins with music provided by 107.9 The End, followed by a spectacular live performance by the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West. Poppy, the State Fair Mascot, is always on hand to entertain the crowd.

7/4 – Arden-Arcade 4th of July Parade – Come celebrate America at the 11th Annual Arden Arcade 4th of July Parade. The parade will begin at the Sacramento County Building. 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. Afterward there will be food, fun, and family activities at the park. The Fulton El Camino Recreation and Park District is coordinating the event.

7/4 – Salute to the Red, White & Blue in Elk Grove – This year, the City of Elk Grove is hosting the 16th Annual Salute to the Red, White, and Blue fireworks show. This event is Elk Grove’s premier Fourth of July, community-wide celebration; a patriotic salute to the birth of our nation. The festivities begin in the evening with live music and food. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and have a picnic or BBQ while enjoying the concert in the park.

7/4 – 2oth Annual Fireworks Show at Woodland’s Pioneer High School – 20th Annual Fireworks Show: New this year, the annual fireworks celebration will be held at Pioneer High School. The fireworks celebration begins with pre-show activities from 6:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. The Fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. Pioneer High School clubs and student groups will be selling food and refreshments. The City’s Parks & Recreation Department staff will be providing entertainment for families with an obstacle course, bounce houses, and tattoo station. Parking for this event is located at Woodland Community College.

7/4 – City of Roseville Independence Day Celebration – Parade – As in years past, the parade begins at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Riverside/Vernon/Douglas,  and ends at Royer Park.  Park Activities – Stay for the fun after the parade in Royer Park from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. including food, games, and music by the Capitol Pops Concert Band starting at 12 p.m.
Fireworks – Join us at the Placer County Fairgrounds for fireworks. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at approximately 9:30 p.m.  No alcohol, glass containers, barbecues or personal fireworks permitted. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the fairgrounds.

Sacramento’s New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular Is A Family Event

By Alyssa Green

Looking for a fun way to spend New Year’s Eve with your family?  Head on down to Old Sacramento and ring in 2012 at Sacramento’s New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular. 

What I love about this FREE event is that there is a family-friendly celebration from 6pm to 9pm with street entertainment, radio disney, a robo band, dinner specials, food and beverage vendors and then the highlight of the evening, the fireworks show set to music your kids will love!

After the fireworks display, you can then go home, put the kiddos to bed (make sure you have a sitter) and head on out again for another, more mature celebration at midnight.

Here’s the schedule of events:

6-9pm – Robo Band at Front and L Streets

7-7:30pm – Radio Disney’s Rockin’ Crew – Tent at Front Street between K and L

7:45-8:15pm – Sing, Inc. Pop Academy

8:25-8:55pm – Radio Disney’s Rockin’ Crew

9pm – Spectacular fireworks show set to children’s music

While admission to this event is FREE, parking is not.  For parking information, click here.

Family Friendly 4th of July Celebrations in Sacramento


By Alyssa Green

There is no celebration quite like the 4th of July to announce that summer is here in America.  Sacramento summers are perfect for Independence Day parades, barbeque’s, swim parties, carnivals and best of all, fireworks displays.

Photo By Timothy K. Hamilton

We have gathered a list of Sacramento area celebrations for you and your families to enjoy.  So, have a happy 4th and let’s get out and celebrate our Independence!

Carmichael, Carmichael Gala – Carmichael, the La Sierra Community Center.  Parade at 10am, free kids area with water slides, obstacle course, arts and crafts, band, snack bar and fireworks at 9pm.  Fireworks and parking are FREE.

Citrus Heights, Fireworks Extravaganza – Sunrise Mall.  Beginning at 7:30pm – a kids carnival, live music and 3-D glasses to watch the spectacular Fireworks display.  Fireworks and parking are FREE

Davis, City of Davis 4th of July Celebrations – Community Park.  Beginning with free swim at Arroyo and Manor pools followed by fireworks at 9:30pm at Community Park.  Swimming, fireworks and parking are FREE.

Elk Grove, Salute to the Red, White and Blue – Elk Grove Regional Park.  Festivities begin at 6pm with live music and food, followed by fireworks at 9:30 pm.  Admission is free, parking is $10.

FolsomFolsom Pro Rodeo  (and fireworks) – Dan Russell Rodeo Arena, July 1, 2, and 3rd.  Gates open at 6pm with Roping starting at 7pm and Riding events at 8:15pm.  Fireworks to follow.  General admission is $19.50,  Seniors and children under 12 $15.00.  Special online “Buckaroo Pack” just $60.  Includes 4 admission tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 drinks.

Rancho Cordova, Rancho Cordova 4th of July Celebration – Hagan Park.  This 2-day festival (July 3rd and 4th) includes a carnival (starting July 1st), a parade at 10am on the 4th, Kids Zone with live steamer train, petting barn, pony rides and peddle boats,  Teen Extreme Zone with a rock wall, bungee power jumps, jousting, etc., free concerts and of course, a fireworks show on both nights.  Admission $2.00, parking is $10.  Children under 5 are FREE.

Sacramento, Sacramento Independence Day Celebration – Cal Expo.  Gates open at 6pm on July 4th, with music provided by 107.9 and a performance from the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West.  The California State mascot “Poppy” will be there to entertain kids of all ages.  General admission is free, parking is $10.

Sacramento, River Cats Independence Weekend – Raley Field.  Join the River Cats as they play Tuscon at Raley Field on July 2nd and 3rd.  Enjoy fireworks during and after the games (and every Saturday night home game!)