Independence Day is an important day of commemoration for residents of the Sacramento region, who know that there is more to the holiday than just cook-outs, beer and bottle rockets. Music is a great way to express national pride and patriotism, and these special concerts and events are a perfect opportunity to celebrate.
Dave Russell Band  
Folsom Pro Rodeo
403 Stafford St.
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 985-5555

Date: July 4, 2016 at 6 p.m.

Country singer Dave Russell, a native of North Carolina, now considers the city of Folsom to be home. On Independence Day he will be playing at the Folsom Rodeo, on the main stage of The Golden Spike Saloon. “My dad was Army, my brothers Air Force, and my sister Police,” says Russell, himself a big supporter of American troops and first responders. “I can’t thank them enough for the sacrifices they make to keep us safe and free.” Playing music with a patriotic soul comes naturally to him, as evidenced by his popular release “How Country is That”. The song’s lyrics reinforce Russell’s love of country, including the line “It don’t matter where you come from, when the flag is raised you stand up.”

America, God Shed His Grace On Thee
Village Park
4238 Main St.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 967-2903

Date: June 30, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church Choir will be the special guest performers at a Village Park event held on the Thursday before Independence Day. The lively and uplifting choral performance will include favorite patriotic numbers and some classic Gospel music. The free, family friendly event is part of the Fair Oaks 2016 Concerts in the Park summer series. Concerts in the series are held on Thursday evenings through August 25, 2016. Bring a blanket, sunscreen and a picnic basket; popcorn, hot dogs, ice cream, water and soda will also be available for purchase.

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Celebrate America
Twin Oaks Community Park
5500 Park Drive
Rocklin, CA 95765
(916) 625-5200

Dates: June 25 and 26, 2016

This Independence extravaganza, presented by Destiny Community Center, takes place on the weekend before the holiday. The exciting concert features favorite patriotic choral numbers. The show will also include historical reenactments and a tribute to America’s military men and women. Before the main show starts at 8 p.m., guests can enjoy performances by local bands and other entertainers. A kid’s play zone, food vendors and a stirring fireworks presentation are also part of the fun. The gates open at 4 p.m. both days, and the event is free.

Salute To The Red, White & Blue
Elk Grove Regional Park
9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road
Elk Grove, CA 95624
(916) 478-3632

Date: July 4, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Live music and other entertainment starts at 6 p.m. at this 20th annual event put on by the City of Elk Grove, and there are other fun activities both before and after. A special bike and stroller parade called “Let Freedom Ride” begins at 5:30 p.m., and there are vendors, an opening ceremony and more. A spectacular fireworks show caps off the evening. There is no admission fee and parking is $10 per car.

Fourth On The Field
Raley Field
400 Ballpark Drive
West Sacramento, California 95691
(916) 371-4487

Date: July 4, 2016 at 6 p.m.

Live musical performances are only part of the fun at this Independence Day celebration. Enjoy interactive games for all ages on the field, food trucks and fun, bouncy inflatables for the kids. When the sky over Raley Field turns dark, the air will be filled with spectacular fireworks that are synched with popular patriotic music. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door; cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under and $5 for parking.

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