Summer days in the capital city can mean relaxing by the pool, cruising farmer’s markets for fresh peaches and watermelon, sipping craft beers with friends at midtown cafes and swimming, skiing, fishing and boating on local waterways. But, summer afternoons and evenings are prime time for adults and families, too, and just sitting around the house can be less than a thrill. So celebrate your independence by attending these entertaining fireworks displays in the Sacramento region.
Rancho Cordova 4th Of July Celebration
Hagan Park
2197 Chase Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(916) 390-8013
www.enutshells.net

Date: July 3, 2015 from 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. and July 4, 2015 from 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Price: $2 admission, $10 parking

What began as a small neighborhood party more than 30 years ago has become one of the area’s largest and best Independence Day extravaganzas. The two-day event is held along the American River in Hagan Park, and more than 20,000 people are expected to join the fun. There will be plenty of music, a carnival, beer garden, food, exhibits, a BMX show, and a parade, and the younger family members will love the kid’s zone. An incredible fireworks show will cap off both evenings.

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Red White & Brews
Old Sacramento
101 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 808-7059
www.oldsacramento.com

Date: July 3, 2015
Price: Free

Bars, restaurants and pubs in the historic state park of Old Sacramento will be commemorating the holiday one day early this year, with specials on favorite American beers. Patrons will have a great view of fireworks around 9:30 p.m., launched from Raley Field following the River Cats game. Red White & Brews is not a formal or family-oriented event, simply a chance to enjoy good deals on local, craft and national beers from across the country. Chris McSwain of the Old Sac Business Association says there are 25 different locations that serve beer in the park, allowing guests to “create their own pub crawl for a good, old fashioned American time.”

Fourth On The Field
Raley Field
400 Ballpark Drive
West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 376-4700
www.raleyfield.com

Date: July 4, 2015 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Price: Click here for prices.

For the third year, Raley Field is welcoming the public to an old-fashioned Independence Day block party while the River Cats are out of town. The event is family-friendly, with a special kid’s area full of interactive games, a bounce house and even an inflatable obstacle course. Live music and tempting treats from food trucks will keep everyone happy until the main event, the fireworks. Bring a blanket, sit back and be star-struck by the show, which is coordinated to highlight everyone’s favorite patriotic songs.

Folsom Pro Rodeo
Dan Russell Arena
403 Stafford St.
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 985-2698
www.folsomrodeo.com

Date: July 2 – July 4, 2015 at 9:30 p.m.
Price: Click here for prices.

Although the fireworks do not start until later in the week, the rodeo kicks off on July 1 with an old-fashioned cattle drive down Sutter St. Bucking bulls and broncos, handsome cowboys, roping and riding events, live music, motocross, rodeo clowns and plenty of other activities keep things jumping. An American flag will arrive by parachute, and there are horse drill team performances, food, shopping and the crowning of the rodeo queen.  A fantastic firework show will commence at dark on each night.

City Of Carmichael Fireworks Show
La Sierra Community Center
5325 Engle Road
Carmichael, CA 95608
(916) 483-7826
www.carmichaelpark.com

Date: July 4, 2015 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Price: Free

After a parade and pancake breakfast earlier in the day, the Independence Day party kicks off at 7 p.m. with fun for the whole family. There will be music, inflatables, food, crafts and face painting. Bring along lawn chairs, blankets and shade umbrellas to stake out your spot. Fireworks start once he sun sets, around 9:30 p.m. The organizer ask that no personal fireworks or alcohol be brought.

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