Best Fourth Of July Events In Sacramento

June 27, 2015 5:00 AM

July 4th, Celebrations, Red White and Blue
Fireworks are always a hit for the Fourth of July. The sky gets dark, the crowds hold their breath, and then the booms and bursts begin. There are other events on this day that emphasize other things; family, picnics, parades, and just plain, old-fashioned good times are available all over the greater Sacramento area. Here are just a few, with and without the pyrotechnics.
Old Sacramento
Old Sacramento and Raley Field
101 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 808-7059

Date: July 3 and July 4 2015, 9:30 p.m. to around 10:30 p.m.

Two days worth of bangs and booms, Old Sacramento and the Sacramento River Cats will team up on both days for fireworks at Raley Field in West Sacrament, then the River Cats will host fireworks after the ball game on July 3rd. If you’re not at the game, hang out in Old Sac and look up when you hear the first whistle and boom. On the 4th, the River Cats are playing out of town, but Raley Field will be the place that Old Sacramento hosts the Fourth of July Fireworks special. If you don’t have a ticket, you’ll still see the fireworks from Old Sacramento.

Rancho Cordova Fourth Of July Celebration
Hagan Park
2197 Chase Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(916) 273-5701

Date: July 3, 2015 4:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m.; July 4, 2015 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Another two days of fun! Starting with a carnival, a concert, and what they bill as a “mini-fireworks” show on the third is just a tune-up for the fun on the fourth. Hagan Park is beautiful, with plenty of space for everyone and the Sacrament River running right by it. There will be, according to the sponsors, dozens of free events over this two day celebration. They claim to being the premier Fourth of July event in the area. Competition is fierce, and they are planning on coming out on top. Expect to be joined by a few thousand of your neighbors in the the 80 acres of Hagan Park.

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

Date: July 2 through July 4 2015, 6 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The Folsom Pro Rodeo is the rodeo at it’s bucking and twisting best. It’s said to be one of the longest running annual events in California. Imagine the spectacle of combining rodeo with our Independence Day celebrations. Horses and riders entering the rodeo ring, with flags unfurled and flying proudly in the breeze, the national anthem, and then all that rodeo has to offer, exploding out of the gates. How can you beat that? A little mutton busting for the little ones, a cattle drive on July 1, a contest to crown the Queen of the Rodeo, and fireworks make this a real treat for Independence Day.

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Family Blast
El Dorado County Fairgrounds
100 Placerville Drive
Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 621-5860

Date: July 4, 2015, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Head to the foothills and the wonderful historic Gold Rush town of Placerville for a grand old time on the lawn at the county fairgrounds. Easy to find, and even easier to claim a spot on the lawn, it’s a country fireworks extravaganza. Have an early dinner in one of the fine restaurants on Main St., then head to the fairgounds, just a few blocks away. Bring a blanket, some snacks and get ready to see the skies explode as this hometown display lights off. It’s fun, family friendly, colorful and memorable for the warmth of the friendly people around you.

Spirit Of Freedom 4th Of July Parade
Howe Park
2201 Cottage Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 927-3802×121

Date: July 4, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For 14 years, the Arden Arcade Spirit of Freedom 4th of July Parade has thrilled participants and spectators alike. This is hometown fun to the max. The parade will follow a 1.4 mile route, and as with all 4th of July parades, judging of floats and participants will be followed by an awards ceremony. Categories of awards covers just about everything. Enjoying the parade is free, but participating in the parade is $10. The rest of the day is a true family affair at Howe Park, complete with games, booths, picnics, family activities, and more.

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Charles Ferris is a freelance writer who has lived in the Sierra, halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, for the last 41 years. In 2010 he retired from teaching after 36 years . He and his wife hike, kayak, cross country ski, snow shoe, ride mountain bikes and road bikes, year round. His work can be found at