The time of year is once again almost upon us for getting together with great friends and family while taking in the very distinctive aromas of a barbecue. Celebrating July 4th in Sacramento is always a good time for the locals who know where to go. Arguably one of the best days to celebrate with family, Sacramento has a nice selection of events to choose from if you are trying to decide where to go. Cal Expo has the most notable fireworks display in town which will no doubt always make this list. There are some other areas in Sacramento who know how to throw a party and have fireworks shows to boot.
Carmichael Parade And Fireworks Display
Carmichael Park and La Sierra Community Center
5325 Engle Road
Carmichael CA, 95608
(916) 485-5322

Date: July 4, 2014Located inside of the Carmichael Park Clubhouse will be the pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 am. The breakfast is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael and is a great way to fill your belly before the annual parade. This year’s parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and will include local floats, antique cars, military units and much more. The parade goes from Marconi and Fair Oaks to Cypress and Manzanita. The pre-fireworks show starts at 7 p.m. with food, music, arts and crafts with the actual fireworks starting at around 9:30 p.m. once it gets dark. The celebration is put on by the Carmichael Recreation and Park District & Mission Oaks Recreation and Park District.

Salute To The Red, White And Blue
Elk Grove Regional Park
9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road
Elk Grove, CA 95829
(916) 691-2489

Date: July 4, 2014This year’s Salute To The Red, White And Blue marks the 18th annual 4th of July celebration for the city of Elk Grove. Admission to the event is free but parking is $10. Like the Carmichael event, this one also offers a pancake breakfast. There will be a car show with custom cars and motorcycles on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an awards ceremony taking place at 4 p.m. Entertainment this year comes in the form of two bands starting at 4:30 p.m. Rachel Steele & Road 88 will perform country music and Joy and Madness will play to the funk and soul crowd. Both bands won SAMMIES in 2013. Capping off the evening will be the fireworks show which should be starting right around 9:30 p.m.

Sacramento Independence Day Celebration At Cal Expo
1600 Exposition Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-3000
Date: July 4, 2014

A Sacramento tradition for many locals is the fireworks show at Cal Expo. Cal Expo offers the largest fireworks display every year. Parking for the event is $10 but admission is free of charge. As always, food and beverage will be sold at the event. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the fireworks start promptly at 9:30 p.m. with music provided by 98.5 FM. This event isn’t a party and there aren’t any bands or other forms of entertainment, but it will make the loudest booms in town on the 4th.Related: Best 4th Of July Parties In Sacramento

4th of July in Davis
Community Park
1405 F Street
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 757-5626
Date: July 4th, 2014

This is where you go to celebrate the 4th of July if you live in or anywhere near Davis. Community Park in Davis throws together a yearly 4th of July event that brings the neighbors together beginning at 4:30 p.m. You can experience some of the very best Davis has to offer via local vendor booths and food offerings. There will be championship softball games at the park beginning at 6:30 p.m. as well as live entertainment. The fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m. While this is a free event, organizers accept donations to help support the cost of the fireworks show.

Related: A Night Out In Sacramento’s Midtown

South Lake Tahoe
South shore of Lake Tahoe
56th Annual Barron Hilton Fireworks Extravaganza
Friday, July 4, 2014
At dusk on Friday, July 4th
Mandeville Island, Delta

Hundreds of boats gather for an annual fireworks display shot off a barge anchored off of Mandeville Tip on the north side of the Deepwater Channel in the Delta between Stockton and Antioch.

Fourth on the Field
Raley Field
400 Ballpark Dr.
West Sacramento

Raley Field will be hosting 4th of July fireworks for the second year. The Fourth on the Field event at Raley Field is from 6-10 p.m. Raley Field will be having food trucks on the field culminating with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. that will be visible from Front Street in Old Sacramento.

As a hospitality professional Andy Soto has worked every facet of the industry. He currently leads the team at Spectrum Restaurant Consulting. He started writing a hospitality blog in 2009 and restaurant writing for Sacramento Press in 2010. In 2011 Andy became a Sacramento Restaurant Examiner for His work can be found on