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Celebrate a traditional hometown Fourth of July


Atwater is bracing for some 40,000 visitors for its annual, all-day Fourth of July Celebration.

The patriotic holiday starts at 6 a.m. with registration for the Run For Independence, featuring two races, starting at 7:30 a.m.

The big parade starts at 9 a.m., and will run from Foster’s Freeze on Winton Way, down Broadway, and around to Ralston Park.

The park is where the free, all-day festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with all kinds of activities for kids, food vendors, arts and crafts, beer gardens, a Rotary BBQ, and live entertainment.

In the evening, a concert and fireworks show will be held at the Castle Commerce Center, with the opening performance, Tony & The Tuff Times, starting at 6:30 p.m. Kaye Bohler is the show headliner. Fireworks start after the sun goes down.


Hundreds of Mercedians made their way to the Merced High School campus on Monday evening to take part in an evening of family-friendly fun with the annual Merced Marching 100 Safe and Sane Fireworks Show. The event featured local first responders, their vehicles and equipment giving young children the chance to climb into the lifestyles of those working with the Merced County Fire Department and Riggs Ambulance.

For those who enjoy living in the fast lane, local race car drivers were on hand to show off both their stock cars as well a smaller variety whose drivers were ages 6-13. As the sky finally darkened, the crowd cheered as the moment they had waited for finally arrived and the fireworks began.


The Fourth of July Festival at Max Foster Sports Complex in Livingston will run from Thursday, July 4 to Saturday, July 6. The three-day event will provide a fair-like atmosphere with a giant carnival, live bands, lots of food/craft vendors, and fireworks.

Gates will open at 5 pm daily and will close at midnight. Admission to the festivities will be free.


Self guided walk-through tours of the beautiful historic Victorian McHenry Mansion in Modesto will start at 8:30 a.m., just prior to this years’ 145th annual parade through the streets of downtown. The Mansion, located on the parade route at 906 15th Street, welcomes the public to designate chairs and blankets along the street in front of the Mansion to watch the parade.

This years’ 2019 parade theme is “Celebrating Our Freedoms” and the McHenry Foundation will have pop-up booths selling coffee, donuts, hot dogs, cold drinks, water and ice cream.

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