Let Freedom Ring!
Celebrate a traditional hometown Fourth of July

July 4, 2019

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.

Speedway Fireworks

The late Chuck Griffin introduced a nice tradition to Merced Speedway almost 20 years ago. Despite the fact that attendance usually goes up substantially on the night that there is racing and fireworks, Griffin secured sponsorship and made this a night of free admission for the fans. S&S Motorsports and General Manager Doug Lockwood are continuing that tradition this Saturday night.
The IMCA Sport Modifieds will be competing along with the Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks and the California Sharp Mini Late Models. There will also be a big Fireworks display. The best part of all is the price tag. The fans will be getting to watch the show for free.
The fans will get to watch four exciting divisions of racing this Saturday night. Plus, they will be treated to a first class fireworks display. The best part of all is that it's free admission. Who could ask for anything more than that? For further information, go online to: mercedspeedway.net.
Livingston

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.

Modesto

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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