By Steph Rodriguez

With its cool riverside views and lush green parks Sacramento offers its residents plenty of outdoor space to celebrate all things red, white and blue every Independence Day. This year, kick off the Fourth of July festivities with a little fitness by participating in a five-mile run or walk with the whole family to benefit a few local organizes in the early morning hours. Next, choose your own patriotic adventure and stop by one of Sacramento’s many surrounding cities because there are events with live music, food and kid-friendly activities from West Sac all the way up to El Dorado Hills.The best part: every event listed boasts a spectacular firework show.

Fourth On The Field
Raley Field
400 Ballpark Drive
West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 371-HITS

Date: July 4, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Twenty of Sacramento’s most delicious food trucks will line the inner baseball diamond for Raley Field’s annual Independence Day celebration, Fourth on the Field. Bring a lawn chair or a large blanket and relax among friends and family on the big green. A spectacular firework show is scheduled to light up the night sky at 9:30 p.m., but not before live musical performances courtesy of local talents entertain patriots of all ages. What’s more, test your stomach or bicep limits by participating in either the hot dog-eating or push-up contests. General admission is $10, but if you’re 21-and-over and want to kick back in the Western Health Advantage Legacy Club, which will serve alcoholic beverages, tickets will cost $15. Once inside the Legacy Club, challenge fellow attendees to a game of foosball, ping pong or darts. Tickets for children 12 years and under are only $5 and all youngsters are invited to run amuck in the Down on the Farm playground area.

Folsom Pro Rodeo
Dan Russell Rodeo Arena
200 Wool St.
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 985-2698 

Date: July 1 – 3, 2017 at 6 p.m.

For 56 years the Folsom Pro Rodeo has entertained families with three days of nonstop entertainment, and of course, nightly firework shows. Held at the Dan Russell Rodeo Arena, crowds will be left in awe as they watch a skydiver parachute from the clouds above holding a giant American flag. Celebrate the country’s independence while cheering on some of the toughest cowboys around as they attempt to ride a raging bull for at least seven seconds. There’s also the Flying Cowboys, a motocross team of riders who defy gravity as they ride and jump their dirt bikes sky-high. General admission seating at the arena starts at $21.50 for adults and $15.50 for seniors and children. Families looking for some good, old-fashioned entertainment at a fair price should check out the Buckaroo Pack. For $65, a family of four will receive general admission tickets, hot dogs, and sodas. Buckaroo Packs are limited and these tickets are only available online.

4th Of July 5-Miler
Glenn Hall Park
5415 Sandburg Drive
Sacramento, CA 95819

Date: July 4, 2017 at 7:15 a.m.

The Buffalo Chips are Sacramento’s oldest, largest and all-ages running club. With programs for youth and runners of all stages, the Buffalo Chips organize the 4th of July 5-Miler each year to celebrate the red, white and blue with a little fitness. This is the event’s 41st season and registration starts bright and early at 7:15 a.m. followed by the kids’ half-mile race for runners 10 years old and younger. Next, at 8 a.m., is the five-mile run (or walk) for adults. Be sure to bring cash for donations because every year this event raises money for WEAVE (Women Escaping A Violent Environment) and the American River Parkway Foundation, which keeps the gorgeous running path along the American River nice and clean.

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Salute To The Red, White & Blue
Elk Grove Regional Park
9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road
Elk Grove, CA 95624
(916) 691-2489

Date: July 4, 2017 at 4 p.m.

The city of Elk Grove celebrates 21 years of fireworks with a unique group of vendors selling unique, handmade goods and trinkets followed by the “Let Freedom Ride” bike and stroller parade at 5 p.m. Live musical entertainment provided by the Saved by the ’90s Band will perform renditions of all the catchy hits from the decade starting at 6 p.m. Familiar jams include songs from Third Eye Blind, the Spice Girls, the Beastie Boys and more. The evening comes to a close with the National Anthem and a firework spectacular scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Admission is free at this celebration, but it will cost $10 to park.

Fireworks & Freedom Concert 
El Dorado Hills Town Center
4364 Town Center Blvd.
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
(916) 933-3013

Date: July 3, 2017 at 6 p.m.

The Fireworks & Freedom concert kicks off its eighth season celebrating Independence Day at the El Dorado Hills Town Center with a live music courtesy of Apple Z who perform every genre imaginable from the 2000s on. Just to name a few bands and musicians this four-piece group does justice: the rock ‘n’ roll stylings of the Black Keys, the funkiness of Bruno Mars and they even delve into a little R&B with songs from Justin Timberlake, Usher and Gnarles Barkley. Besides all the catchy tunes booming from the Steven Young Amphitheater, this event also boasts a kid zone and the annual firework show that begins at 9:30 p.m.

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