Sacramento is a city that celebrates July 4th with a bang. Throughout the city, families gear up for the parks, river, lakes and home parties to enjoy the traditions of Independence Day. But July 4th is not complete without a spectacular fire show, and you are sure to find one in and around the Sacramento area.

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(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Cal Expo
1600 Exposition Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-3000
Date: July 4, 2013 at 9:30 p.m.

After celebrating July 4th on the beach, at the lake, in the park or at home, end the day watching the grand finale fireworks at the Cal Expo. The admission is free – you only have to pay $10 to park. If you desire a spectacular view, reserve a seat for $10. Food and beverages will be served at this event to keep audiences comfortable. This is the best and safest way to celebrate a patriotic evening. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 9:30 p.m.

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San Francisco
Hornblower Cruises & Events
200 Marina Blvd.
Berkeley, CA 94710
(415) 788-8866
Date: July 4, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.Break the tradition and enjoy July 4th on the Hornblower Cruise in Berkeley, CA, just about an 1.5-hour drive from Sacramento. This is a three-hour cruise in which you can enjoy a buffet dinner, cocktail and entertainment while you view the San Francisco Bay during sunset. What a beautiful site to see! And to top the July 4th evening, you will enjoy a beautiful fireworks show. Boarding starts at 7:30 p.m.

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(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Salute to the Red, White and Blue
Elk Grove Regional Park
9950 Elk Grove Florin Road
Elk Grove, CA 95624
(916) 875-6961
Date: July 4, 2013 at 9:30 p.m.

Come to Elk Grove on July 4th and celebrate. Enjoy food and live music in Elk Grove Regional Park. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and blankets. You and the family can picnic in the park, barbecue, swim, play softball and enjoy a day of ease and pleasure. Come early and reserve a spot, the park opens at 7 a.m. Admission is free – you pay $10 per vehicle to park. Make this an all-day event  At 9:30 p.m., enjoy the spectacular fireworks show.

Watching Fireworks

Roseville 4th of July Celebration
Placer County Fairgrounds
800 All America City Blvd.
Roseville, CA 95678
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Date: July 4, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Finish your day of celebration at the Placer County Fairgrounds for fireworks. Gates open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at approximately 9:30 p.m. No alcohol, glass containers, barbecues or personal fireworks permitted. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the fairgrounds. $5 fairgrounds parking fee.

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“Celebrate America” Fireworks Show
Placer County Fairgrounds
Thursday, July 4, 2013 starting at 5 p.m.
Village West Marina
6649 Embarcadero
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Co-sponsored with Garlic Brothers Restaurant and Village West Yacht Club, this salute to the USA is being produced by Pyro Spectaculars of Sacramento.

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El Dorado Fairgrounds
100 Placerville Drive
Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 621-5860
Date: July 4, 2013 at 4 p.m.Just north of Sacramento, a few miles outside the county line, take the family and enjoy a blast at the El Dorado Fairgrounds. Have an RV?Make it an overnight stay. Kids activities, arts and crafts, inflatables, rides and fireworks at dusk are what’s in store. Enjoy live music from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. But there are stipulations: no pets, charcoal grills or glass containers allowed.

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