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Where to celebrate Independence Day

By: Jamie Hazelton, Staff Writer/Page Designer
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Nevada County
This year’s Nevada County Fourth of July parade will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 in Downtown Nevada City. Parade-goers are advised to bring lawn chairs and arrive early to find a good vantage point. The Nevada County Concert Band performs a curbside pre-parade concert an hour prior to the parade. Following the parade will be traditional family celebration under the pines at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Fairgrounds gates open at 3 p.m. and entertainment begins at 4 p.m Live music and entertainment, food and refreshments are offered. The fireworks spectacular blasts off at 9:30 p.m. For more information on the parade, visit For more information on the celebration at the fairgrounds, visit
Dutch Flat
Kick off the 4th of July with a healthy dose of fun by running the third annual 4th of July 5K. The hilly course is a perfect warmup to the day in Dutch Flat. The race begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 and takes off from the Dutch Flat Community Center, 933 Stockton St., in Dutch Flat. Registration opens at 7 a.m. and T-shirts are limited to the first 75 participants. Proceeds benefit the Dutch Flat Community Center. From 10:30-11 a.m. watch the Independence Day parade march through Dutch Flat. After the parade stay for a salad luncheon. For more information, visit
The Foresthill Independence Day Parade and Celebration begins with a parade up Main Street at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 followed by festivities at Memorial Park, 24601 Harrison St., in Foresthill. This old-fashioned family event includes vendor booths, food, fun, games, music and more. For more information, call 530-367-2474 or visit
The annual Colfax Independence Day Celebration provides something for everyone and takes place July 3 in downtown Colfax. The event features a variety of fun activities, food, a kids zone, the Kenny Frye Band, a beer garden and a parade beginning at 7 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. are tentative. For more information on the parade, call  530-637-5131. For more information on the events, call 530-305-9179.
Start off by chowing down pancakes lovingly prepared by the Auburn Fire Department. The annual Pancake Breakfast is served from 7 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 in the Bootlegger’s parking lot, 210 Washington St. in old town Auburn. Cost is $7 for pancakes, bacon and eggs and juice. Then get the kids ready to burn off some of those carbs with traditional, old-fashioned kids’ games from 9 a.m. to noon. Get ready to rumble with foot races, gunny sack race, shoe race, barrel hoop roll, watermelon eating contest, tug o’ war, piñatas, and water-balloon toss. And of course, don’t forget the famous greased pole climb; there’s money at the top. Prizes and ribbons will be awarded to the game winners.  And snowcones will be available to cool you down from that inevitable 4th of July heat. This is a good, old-fashioned family event in Old Town Auburn. Bring a chair or blanket and sunscreen and enjoy a full-filled morning. For more information, visit
Commemorate our nation’s birthday with the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce. Thousands come together enjoy fireworks and festivities including the parade, live entertainment, food, drink, bingo and kids activities. From 4-10 p.m. Tuesday July 4 at the Gold Country Fair Grounds, 1273 High St. in Auburn. From 5:30-7:30 p.m. and 8:15-9:35 p.m. listen to live music on the main stage. The parade begins at 7 p.m. at Harrison Ave. in downtown Auburn and ends at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. At 9:40 p.m. watch the fireworks show. For more information visit

Begin Independence Day with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 at the Lincoln Veterans Hall, 541 5th St. Breakfast is $8 for adults and $5 for kids. A parade through downtown Lincoln hosted by the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce begins at 9 a.m. at A and Fifth streets and will head west on Fifth and turn right onto F Street and head north to Sixth and turn east and will end at Sixth and D streets. For more information on the parade, visit

Continue the fun at the Lincoln 4th of July Celebration put together by community donations and volunteers will begin at about 1 p.m. in McBean Park featuring several live bands, food trucks, vendors and a kids zone with bounce houses. The aquatic center will be open at no cost to cool off. The Potters baseball team will be playing the Chico Heat at 6:35 p.m. at the Historic McBean Stadium in the park. Tickets are $6-$12. The free fireworks show is the highlight of the community and will blast off at around 9 p.m. For more information visit,


The 58th annual Folsom Pro Rodeo will kick it June 30 to July 3 at Dan Russell Rodeo Arena in Folsom. In addition to the rodeo action, the Folsom Pro Rodeo offers a patriotic skydiver, motocross, bull jumping, the Painted Ladies horse team, mutton bustin’, two-stepping and more. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the rodeo begins at 7:15 p.m. each evening. A fireworks show will be presented every night at 9:30 p.m. General admission is $21.50 for adults and $15.50 for children. For more information, visit

Kick off Independence Day by helping others. The 10th annual Folsom Firecracker family fun run begins with a 10.4K at 7:30 a.m. and a 5K at 7:45 a.m. at the Lake Natoma Bike Trails. The race begins at 145 Parkshore Drive, in Folsom. Registration is $32 and includes a T-shirt. For more information, visit


Help “Run Crime out of Roseville” at Roseville Crime Stopper’s annual fun run on Wednesday, July 4. The 10K begins at 7:20 a.m., the 5K at 7:45 a.m., and the kids quarter mile at 8:45 a.m. in Royer Park, 190 park Drive, Roseville. The parade begins at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Riverside Ave., Vernon St. and Douglas Boulevard and continues along Vernon Street past the Civic Center, turns right on Lincoln Street before turning right again onto Park Drive. Stay for the fun after the parade with food, games and music by the Capitol Pops Concert Band in Royer Park, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.