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Happy Birthday America!

Fireworks.  Photo Melissa Uroff

Fireworks. Photo Melissa Uroff


July 4th, 2015 will be America’s 239th birthday.  Some cities celebrate traditionally with BBQs, saturation of the colors red white and blue and fireworks while others have a more unique approach.  New York City celebrates with one of the largest fireworks shows in the United States. San Diego residents enjoy picnicking on one of nearly 30 beaches.  The folks in Flagstaff, AZ throw an American Indian rodeo and three-day pow-wow.  Pennsylvania has a candle festival, which includes naming a “Candle Queen” by the end of the evening. Hawaiians participate in a giant potluck in the sand and even Las Vegas lights up the sky with fireworks.

While the fourth is celebrated throughout the country, we thought you may be interested in what is happening right here in your own back yard, Sacramento CA.  Whether you are looking for a bit of history, parades, picnics, rodeos, recipes for entertaining or trips to the water we have got you covered.  Have fun, be safe, and most of all Happy Birthday America!


Carmichael residents chow down on pancakes in the Carmichael park Clubhouse from 7-10:30 AM, followed by a parade full of classic cars, floats, marching bands and more down Fair Oaks Blvd.  The parade has been hosted by the Carmichael Elks for over fifty years and starts at 10:30 at the corner of Marconi and Fair Oaks Blvd.  Free swimming, BBQ and games are found at the end of the line (Cypress Ave) at the Elks Lodge.  More info at carmichaelpark.com.


For the past 55 years Folsom has held the Folsom Pro Rodeo at the Dan Russell Rodeo Arena.  This is a three-day affair, starting on July 2nd and running through Saturday the 4th.  According to the rodeos website, they are one of California’s longest running annual events.  Learn more at www.folsomrodeo.com.


Roseville gets together at the Placer County Fair Grounds for food, beer, live music and one heck of a fireworks show.  Admission is free, parking is $5, fireworks start at 9:30.   For more information visit www.placercountyfair.org


• Spend the day at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park and experience history with a bang.  Docents in period attire will demonstrate historical activities such as gold panning, laundry, and using a carry-yoke to haul water.  Visitors are encouraged to participate.  Demonstrations of historic black powder firearms will happen throughout the weekend and Sutter’s cannon will be fired on Sunday the 5th at 11AM, 1PM and 3Pm.  Learn more at www.suttersfort.org

• Raley Field is hosting fireworks for the third year in a row. Cleverly titled ‘The Fourth on the Field’, there will be food trucks on the field from 6-10 with a fireworks show starting at 9:30. Admission is $9.95 for kids, $15.85 for adults and $21.90 for the Solon Club section (21+). Buy tickets here.  Out of your budget?  Head down to Front Street in Old Sacramento to catch the fireworks (for free) from across the river.

• In East Sacramento between 41st and 42nd Streets, the Fab Forties gets festive.  The community comes together to heavily decorate the tree-lined streets and then brings the party to the front yard.  At 10 AM a fire truck kicks off the parade, followed by games, watermelon and neighbors mingling.  You do not need to be a Fab Forties resident to attend, all are welcome.

Stay Home.

For the homebodies and entertainers, there is nothing like staying in, having friends over, BBQing, and lighting off your own fireworks.  It is family friendly, you’ll get to know your neighbors and it is still a ton of fun.  Here are a few links to recipes we loved to make planning entertaining a little bit simpler:

Best BBQ Chicken recipe.

Potato Salad with Bacon and Blue Cheese.

Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad.

Quick and easy dessert, Brownie Flag.

Watermelon Smash Cocktail.

From all of us TUBErs: Have a Happy Fourth of July!




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