Year after year, small towns to the largest cities across America have celebrated Independence Day with fireworks in some fashion, from the backyard to the super stadiums and everything in between.  Year after year, we continue to follow the orders of the great John Adams.

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Many may not know, but before signing the Declaration of Independence, Adams, the second President of the United States made it clear what the July Fourth Holiday should always entail. In a letter to the First Lady, Adams stated that this holiday shall include “illuminations from one end of the Continent to the other from this time forever more.” The next day, the first ever commemorative fireworks were launched. 

Today we relive history year after year. Folsom and our surrounding communities have numerous Independence Day celebrations to choose from. Those of us at Folsom Times have hand-picked a few events close to home for those of you that want to go say ah and ooh to some red, white and blue. Here’s our picks:

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In Folsom

In Folsom, the 62nd Annual Folsom Pro Rodeo offers a great fireworks display at the conclusion of Rodeo competition on July 1,2 and 3.

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The Rodeo takes place in Dan Russell Arena in Folsom. The best viewing of the fireworks is in the arena itself When the last cowboy rides out of the stadium the fireworks begin with both ground level and aerial displays just after dark.  

This year’s Folsom Pro Rodeo is already sold out all three nights, however, the aerial displays can be seen from various vantage points outside of the arena and throughout Folsom, including nearby Lions Park. For more information on this option visit www.folsomprorodeo.com

Fireworks and Freedom in EDH

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On ,July 3, the El Dorado Hills Town Center will host Fireworks and Freedom. This event is open to the public starting at 6 p.m. and will include live music in the amphitheater and a variety of events for all ages. This year, it even includes a Kids Zone. Admission is $25 per child, $20 per toddler for the feature. 

After the live music starts at 8 p.m., its isn’t long until the fireworks begin at dusk to light up the sky above Town Center. Note that Outside alcohol is no longer permitted at Town Center events

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Rancho Cordova

In Rancho Cordova, the Cordova Community Council presents the 38th annual Fourth of July Celebration at Hagen Park on both July 3 and 4. Gates open at noon on both days. The fireworks launch at dark.  The July 3 display will be a warm up to the July 4 grand event. Admission to the event is $10 at the gate and $10 for parking, cash only.

This venue includes carnival rides for an additional cost, live music, a parade and more. For details visit www.ranchocordovajuly4th.com.

Family Blast in Placerville

In Placerville, the annual Family Blast at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds is the grand event for the Fourth of July.

This event hosts kid’s activities, bounce houses, water slides and live music leading up to the celebration. The gates open at 4 p.m. with the fireworks launching just after dusk. Admission is $5 per person or $30 per car load, $75 per RV which includes overnight camping and admission for up to 6 people, in case you celebrate a little too much. The event also offers carnival rides or youngsters at an additional cost.  The event is presented in conjunction with Placerville Speedway and auto racing is also on tap for the evening for an additional admission. For more information, visit www.eldoradocountyfair.org.

Fourth on the Field at Sutter Health Park 

If you are  looking to head west this Fourth of July, West Sacramento offers Fourth on the Field at Sutter Health Park. The event will feature live music, food and activities throughout the night while families are invited to bring chairs and picnic blankets to sit out on the field and enjoy the festivities.

Food offerings will consist of 23 food trucks around the stadium, including Cousins Maine Lobster, Drewski’s, The Lumpia Truck and more.At 9:30 p.m., a fireworks show will light up the sky.

Tickets can be purchased through Sutter Health Park’s website and gates for the event will open at 6 p.m.

Bill Sullivan
Author: Bill Sullivan