Fourth of July
2018 Fourth of July Celebrations
Sunday, July 1st
FREEDOM FEST & COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY Families will enjoy this free event with food, games, giveaways, crafts, activities, water fun, live music, fireworks, and more! 7-10 p.m. Valley Dream Center, 1835 N. Winery Avenue, Fresno. 492-3324
Teusday, July 3rd
3RD OF JULY FIREWORKS IN TULARE Families are invited to this 53rd annual show with food, entertainment, and more. Admission: $5. Kids 5 and under: Free. 6-10 p.m. Tulare County Fairgrounds, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Tulare. tularenoonkiwanis.org
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. Fireworks after dusk. Adults $6, kids ages 4-10 $3. Kerman High School Stadium, 205 S. First Street, Kerman. 846-6343
KINGSBURG’S INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION Old fashioned All-American patriotic celebration with fireworks, food, and fun! 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 $1. Staley Stadium at Selma High School, Selma. 891-2235 or 891-2237
Wednesday, July 4th
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 Live music, food, family fun, and fireworks at dusk! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Parking: $10. 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. at Ralston Park. Concert and fireworks at 6 p.m. at the Castle Air Base, parking is $10 per car. Atwater. 209-358-2260
FIREWORKS SHOW–BASS LAKE Light up the sky with the annual, free fireworks show at Bass Lake. Fireworks begin around 9 p.m., but arrive early to claim a spot on the beach or in the water. Bass Lake. 642-3676
FIREWORKS SHOW–EXETER The Exeter Lion’s Club presents the 73rd 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 9 p.m. Admission $5, Children 5 and under are Free. Lamonica Stadium at Clovis High School, Fowler and Barstow Avenues, Clovis. 299-0471
INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS–VISALIA Bring the family and friends to celebrate our country’s independence! Water slides, music, food, hot dog eating contest, and more! 2-10 p.m. Free admission. Parking: $10. Groppetti Stadium, 1414 N. McAuliff Street, Visalia. 625-4007
JULY 4TH CELEBRATION–LEMOORE Families will enjoy this fun celebration with waterslides, human foosball, a bungee run, an obstacle course, and more from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Wristbands: $15. Family 4-pack: $40. City Park, Bush and Fox Streets, Lemoore. 924-6767
Saturday, July 7th
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.