The Fourth of July holiday is coming up and many counties in the Sacramento region offer families the opportunity to purchase and use fireworks at home. Plus there are some great fireworks shows around the region, but one local county has strict ordinances regarding the use and possession of fireworks and people who have recently bought homes there should know the rules. El Dorado County continues to maintain regulations against fireworks on personal or private properties, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fireworks festivities in our general area. Here’s what’s up and coming…
June 30 – Cameron Park Lake
With the 4th of July falling on a typical work night, Cameron Park’s Summer Spectacular gives many families a chance to enjoy the holiday without staying up late and having to get up early for work the next morning. Starting at 2 PM, there will be a kids’ carnival, swimming in the lagoon, food and craft vendors and a fabulous fireworks display to finish off the evening. If you don’t want to battle parking, there is a free shuttle to the lake with stops at Green Valley School, Marshall Medical Center, Light of the Hills Church and the Cameron Park Community Center. The last day for advanced tickets is June 29 at 4:30 PM. Entrance to the event is $4 for ages seven and up or $6 the day of the event. Should you wait to purchase your ticket the day of, please be aware it will be cash only. Small, six-can coolers will be allowed, but no alcohol is permitted. Kids’ carnival wristbands are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event. Tickets are available at Cameron Park Bel-Air, Cameron Park Shingle Springs Chamber of Commerce, and the Cameron Park CSD office. For more information call 530-677-2231.
July 3 – El Dorado Hills Town Center
Like Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills has opted to select a day other than the official 4th of July holiday to have their fireworks display. So if you truly love fireworks, this is your opportunity to see two shows in one week! The El Dorado Hills Town Center is holding their event on July 3 so perhaps you can take in another show on the 4th. The fun begins at 6 pm when the Kids Zone opens up. There will be bounce houses, face painting and a balloon artist, with pre-sale tickets available at the California Welcome Center. Kids Zone will close at 9:30 PM so everyone can direct their attention to the fireworks. For the adults, there will be live music from 6-11 PM at several locations within the Town Center. You won’t be able to bring in BBQs or tables, but there will be food vendors and beer and wine will be available for purchase.
July 4 – El Dorado County Fairgrounds
Starting at 4 PM, the El Dorado County Fairgrounds is helping make 4th of July more than just a fireworks display. This year there will be carnival rides, live music from 6-10 PM, and free games and contests for the kids. Once it’s dark, the fireworks display will begin. Guests are welcome to bring their own BBQs, footballs or Corn Hole games, but glass containers and pets are not permitted. Outside alcohol is not allowed, but will be available for purchase at the fairgrounds along with food options. Admission is just $3 per person, but children ages six and under are free. Wristbands for rides are $10 if preordered, $15 the day of the event or $3 per ride. Parking is $6 and RVs can stay for the night for $50. Should you just want to see the fireworks, there are several locations around the fairgrounds where you can see the show. Some of the fireworks are visible from the Park and Ride off Missouri Flat Rd. and on Placerville Dr. where businesses are closed for the evening. Call 621-5860 for more information.
July 4 – South Lake Tahoe
The Tahoe fireworks display has been rated as one of the country’s top five displays in the nation. The show will begin at 9:45 PM and are visible all over town, but there are some recommended locations for the best view. Watching the show from the lake itself is listed as the most spectacular view, along with the view across the lake to the West Shore and Desolation Wilderness. Nevada Beach on Elk Point Rd is an excellent location for a family BBQ and another great view, while the M.S. Dixie Paddle Wheeler and Tahoe Cruises both offer a view from the water and more extravagant affair. Many other locations are recommended, just search “Lake Tahoe Fireworks” on-line for more options. While you’re at the show, tune your radio to FM 93.9 or AM 1490 for synchronized music.
July 4 – @ the Grounds in Placer County
The city of Roseville is hosting a celebration that will include live music from the Halie O’Ryan band, concessionaires, a mechanical bull, pony rides, air jumpers and, of course, a spectacular fireworks show to conclude the evening! The entrance to the fairgrounds is free, and parking is $5 per vehicle. Food, ice cream and beer will be available for purchase. The gates open at 5:00pm and the fireworks are expected to start at 9:30!
July 4 – Sacramento
Celebrate Independence Day 2018 at Raley Field with the 4th on the Field celebration. Enjoy food trucks, fireworks and family fun – there are several different ticket packages available. Click here for all of the details. If you are looking for an adventure on the river, consider a Hornblower River Cruise. You will have a perfect view of the fireworks over the Tower Street Bridge while enjoying a one-hour cruise on the Sacramento River. Seating is first come, first served. You can book your tickets here.