Fourth of July
2017 Fourth of July Celebrations
Saturday, July 1st
FREEDOM FEST–PORTERVILLE This festival showcases musical entertainment, local food vendors, patriotic aerial performance, and fireworks! Gates open at 4 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Advanced car pass: $10, day of car pass: $15. Porterville Sports Complex, 2701 W. Scranton Avenue. 791-7695
SHAVER LAKE FIREWORKS SHOW Arrive early to find a spot on the beach to watch the boat parade at 6 p.m. followed by the fireworks display. Shaver Lake, 841-3350
Monday, July 3rd
FESTIVAL OF THE AMERICAN SPIRIT–KERMAN Entertainment, children’s activities, food and fireworks. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Gates open at 6 p.m. Adults $6, kids ages 4-10 $3. Kerman High School Stadium, 205 S. First Street, Kerman. 846-6343
KINGSBURG FIREWORKS SHOW Old fashioned All-American patriotic celebration with fireworks, food, fun, and free watermelon while supplies last. 6-10 p.m. $5 for adults, $3 for children. Kingsburg High School Bowl, 1900 18th Avenue. 897-1111
SELMA INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS Food booths, children’s activities, entertainment and more! Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Adults $5, kids 5-11 $2, children 4 & under free. Parking $2. Staley Stadium at Selma High School, Selma. 891-2237
Tuesday, July 4th
4TH OF JULY EXTRAVAGANZA–VISALIA Bring the family and friends to celebrate our country’s independence! Water slide, music, food, pie eating contest, hot dog eating contest, and more! 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Groppetti Stadium, 1414 N. McAuliff Street, Visalia. 334-0141
4TH OF JULY SPECTACULAR–MADERA Family fun at 5 p.m. and fireworks at dusk. Madera Municipal Golf Course, Avenue 17 @ Road 23. 661-5495
4TH OF JULY SPECTACULAR–SANGER Entertainment, food, arts & crafts, kid’s activities and fireworks at dusk! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Sanger High School Sports Fields, 1045 Bethel Avenue. Tickets: 875-4575
ATWATER 4TH OF JULY Entertainment, food, and fun from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Concert and fireworks at 7 p.m. at the Castle Air Base, parking is $10 per car. Ralston Park, Atwater. 209-358-2260
FIREWORKS SHOW–BASS LAKE Light up the sky with the annual fireworks show at Bass Lake. 6 p.m. 642-3676
FIREWORKS SHOW–EXETER The Exeter Lion’s Club presents the 72nd annual Fireworks Show at dusk at Exeter Lion’s Stadium, E. Rocky Hill Drive, Exeter. 592-2919
FOWLER’S FABULOUS 4TH OF JULY Food, entertainment, kids zone, and fireworks for the whole family. No outside food. Free admission. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Fowler High School Stadium, 701 E. Main Street. 834-5486
FREEDOM FEST–CLOVIS Don’t miss this amazing display of pyrotechnics, plus plenty of food and entertainment for all ages. Gates open at 4 p.m., fireworks at dusk. Admission $5, Children 5 and under are Free. Lamonica Stadium at Clovis High School, Fowler and Barstow Avenues, Clovis. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
HANFORD FIREWORK CELEBRATION Kids activities and food from 6-9 p.m. Hanford High School Dog Bowl, 120 W. Grangeville Blvd. 582-0483
Saturday July 8th
CHOWCHILLA FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA Enjoy the food, festivities, and fireworks! Events include: Taco Truck Throw Down, Tractor Pull, and Firework Show. Gates open at 4 p.m. Free. Chowchilla Fairgrounds, Road 16 & Avenue 25. 665-8615
“Bombs bursting in air” is an Independence Day tradition, but unfortunately many family festivities are ruined when someone becomes seriously injured. It’s estimated that 9,600 people were treated for fireworks-related injuries in 2004, and a majority of the injuries from the legal “consumer” or family-type fireworks involved misuse rather than malfunction. However, illegal fireworks continue to be a serious problem. Over the past 10 years, 30-33 percent of the injuries associated with fireworks have typically been caused by illegal explosives or homemade fireworks such as M-80s, M-100s and blockbusters—these are not fireworks, they’re federally banned explosives! To help you celebrate safely this Fourth of July, the National Council on Fireworks Safety offers the following tips:
• Always read and follow label directions.
• Have an adult present.
• Buy from reliable sellers and stay away from illegal explosives.
• Use outdoors only and always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket).
• Never experiment or make your own fireworks.
• Light only one firework at a time.
• Never re-light a “dud” firework (wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).
• If necessary, store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
• Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trash can.
• Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
• Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
• Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
• The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body held over the firework.