11 Things to Do This Fourth of July in the Sacramento Area
The Fourth of July is on the horizon! We can hardly wait for the many community events happening throughout the Sacramento area, from 5Ks to rodeos, and food truck festivals to fireworks shows, and everything in between. Mark your calendars for the Independence Day event nearest you for an unforgettable celebration of our nation’s birthday!
Folsom Pro Rodeo | Folsom
June 30–July 3, 2018
For nearly 60 years, the Folsom Pro Rodeo has been an established tradition for the community of Folsom. All weekend long, enjoy non-stop rodeo entertainment, nightly fireworks, mutton busting, an American flag arriving by skydiver, and much more. Get your tickets in advance for special seating areas for your desired date, from Saturday, June 30 through Tuesday, July 3. This is an exciting way to get ready for the holiday on Wednesday.
Roseville 4th of July Celebration | Roseville
July 4, 2018 | 7:20 a.m.–1 p.m.
The City of Roseville has plenty in store this Fourth of July — from a 5K/10K run/walk to a parade, and other patriotic festivities. Join the Roseville Crime Stoppers at Royer Park at 7:20 a.m. for the 10K or 7:45 a.m. for the 5K. Originally founded to support anonymous tips, this fun-filled event has expanded to also raise funds to purchase specialized equipment used by local law enforcement, provide scholarships for youth and educate participants on crimes affecting the community.
The annual Independence Day parade through Roseville will begin at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Riverside/Vernon/Douglas. The parade will travel along Vernon Street past the Civic Center, turn right on Lincoln Street and again onto Park Drive. Arrive early to get a good view of this colorful parade traveling through the community! After the parade, visit Royer Park between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for various festivities, including food vendors, live music and more. Take note that the City of Roseville is not hosting a fireworks show this year!
Rancho Cordova 4th of July Celebration | Rancho Cordova
July 3–4, 2018
Considered the signature event for Rancho Cordova, the annual Fourth of July Celebration is a two-day festival celebrating both the local community and our American heritage. Enjoy live concerts, a carnival, festival food, a kids’ zone, a cornhole tournament, an aerial assault trampoline show, a beer garden, exhibits, a parade, and more. Plus, both nights conclude with an extravagant fireworks show! Admission to the festival is just $2 and parking is $10. Check out the schedule of events to prepare for your visit to this exciting community tradition in Rancho Cordova!
July 4, 2018 | 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
The 17th Annual Arden Arcade Spirit of Freedom Fourth of July Parade is a wonderful way to kick off your Fourth of July. The parade will travel south on Fulton Avenue, west on Cottage Way and north on Bell Street into Howe Community Park, totaling approximately 1.4 miles. Pre-registered floats will be judged and awards will be given for a number of categories, including most creative youth, best decorate bicycle, most spirited, best community group and more.
SactoMoFo 4th of July Parade Pocket | Sacramento
July 4, 2018 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Photo Courtesy of SactoMoFo
Head to Garcia Bend Park for the ultimate lunch experience at the 4th of July Parade Pocket. This annual SactoMoFo (Sacramento Mobile Food) food truck festival will feature a number of the city’s best food trucks, including Bacon Mania, Buckhorn Grill, Chando’s Tacos, Costa’s Finest Kettle Corn, Cowtown Creamery, Drewski’s, Hefty Gyros, Squeeze Inn, and Wandering Boba. Read about many of these trucks in our guide to the unique things you can order from local food trucks in Sacramento.
Auburn Family Fourth | Auburn
July 4, 2018 | 4–10 p.m.
Thousands will come together for the annual Auburn Family Fourth celebration at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. This event offers the only fireworks in the area for the Fourth, in addition to a parade, live entertainment, plenty of food and drinks, and other activities. Check out the full schedule of events to plan your day in Auburn celebrating our country’s independence.
Salute to the Red, White & Blue | Elk Grove
July 4, 2018 | 4–8 p.m.
Photo Courtesy of the City of Elk Grove — Joe Worsley
This annual event is Elk Grove’s premier patriotic celebration, marking the nation’s independence each year. Join the City of Elk Grove at Salute to the Red, White & Blue, a day filled with vendors, food trucks, roaming entertainment, a pie-eating contest, a bike and stroller parade, live entertainment, and a fireworks show to top off the night. This is a festive (and free!) event you do not want to miss. Admission is free and parking is $10.
Annual Fourth of July Family Blast | Placerville
July 4, 2018 | 4 p.m.
Head to the El Dorado County Fair in Placerville for one of the area’s best Fourth of July events, featuring a number of kids’ activities, foods and drinks available for purchase, live music, and a spectacular fireworks show once it gets dark. Bring your own propane BBQs, footballs, coolers and other picnic must-haves to enjoy the day to the fullest! Admission is $3 per person (but kids under 6 are free!), and parking is $6 in tiers. Pay just $15 per carload if you park on the grounds, which includes gate admission for up to 6 people.
Fourth on the Field at Raley Field | West Sacramento
July 4, 2018 | 6–10 p.m.
Photo Courtesy of Ralph Thompson via the Sacramento River Cats
Celebrating America’s birthday at a baseball stadium is perhaps one of the most patriotic things you can do. Fourth on the Field at Raley Field will feature old-fashioned picnic games, food truck food, live music, and of course — fireworks. Kids can hang out in the Down on the Farm playground area while adults can take advantage of the Western Health Advantage Legacy Club, which will have alcoholic beverages, foosball and ping pong tables, and dart boards. A local band will pump up the party with live music, and hot-dog-eating and push-up contests will get the crowd cheering before the pyrotechnics start at 9:30 p.m. The fireworks show audio will also be simulcast on 106.5 The End. Fourth on the Field general admission tickets are $10 and tickets for children under 12 are just $5. Legacy Club tickets (21+) are $15.
10th Annual Folsom Firecracker Run | Folsom
July 4, 2018 | 7:30 a.m.
The 10th Annual Folsom Firecracker Run will feature both a 5K run/walk and a 10.4K run bright and early on Wednesday morning. Head to 145 Parkshore Drive near the Lake Natoma Bike Trails in Folsom for the 10.4K starting at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K starting at 7:45 a.m. Part of the proceeds from Folsom Firecracker will help support various organizations of your choice, including five local organizations and one in Mexico.
July 4th at Cal Expo | Sacramento
July 4, 2018 | 5–10 p.m.
July 4th at Cal Expo features live music and one of the best fireworks shows in the city. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m. While many watch from the surrounding area, you can get the best view from inside the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand! General admission is free but tickets for reserved seats are $10. Parking costs $10 per car.
Happy Fourth of July!
We wish you a fun, patriotic and safe Fourth of July spent with family and friends!