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Get Ready For One Big Hot Independence Weekend

Yes temperatures are expected to soar this week just in time for the Fourth of July holiday.

However, there will be plenty to experience from Independence Day through what amounts to be a five-day weekend extravaganza!

Atwater’s Fourth

The big, and always impressive hometown parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the corner of Elm Ave and Winton Way, and will proceed down Broadway until it concludes at Juniper and Third Street. The Festival at Ralston Park will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and like every year, it’s FREE to attend. At 6 p.m., the party makes its way to the Castle Commerce Center. There will be a concert by the band “Flashback” at 7 p.m. Once the sun goes down, attendees can enjoy the city’s renowned fireworks display. The cost for the fireworks show is $15 per carload, or $5 per walk-in.

Livingston’s party

The annual Livingston’s 4th of July Festival is coming back with three days of fun for local residents starting on July 5 at the Max Foster Sports Complex located at 2600 Walnut Ave in Livingston. The weekend-long festivities will include a huge carnival, live entertainment and vendors. There will be a fireworks display on Friday, July 5, at 9:30 p.m. The carnival begins Thursday, July 4, and discount tickets are available at Livingston City Hall.

Stanislaus Fair

The 10-day Stanislaus County Fair kicks off July 5, and runs through July 16 at the fairgrounds on 900 North Broadway in Turlock. This year’s concert lineup includes rock bands Fuel, All Time Low and Great White, along with funk and soul group The Commodores, and country singer David Lee Murphy, among many others. The nightly concert series will begin at 8:30 p.m. and concerts are open seating on a space-available basis. All concerts are free with a paid general admission ticket from the fair. The fair’s carnival hours are 5 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and noon to midnight on Saturday and Sunday.

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