• Turlock American Legion Rex Ish Post 88 and Turlock Downtown Property Owners' Association will host an Independence Day parade, street festival, and car show on Saturday. The opening ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m., the Patriotic Parade will begin at 10 a.m., and the Independence Celebration Car Show will be ongoing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., all in downtown Turlock on Main Street near Golden State Boulevard. The street fair will include vendors, food, alcohol, and a kids' play area. Children can enjoy bounce houses and water play activities. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/independencecelebration.
• Atwater will have a fireworks show on Sunday. The celebration, which will be sponsored by the Atwater 4th of July committee, will start with a parade at 10 a.m. The route will begin at Foster Freeze on Winton Way and continue down Broadway to Third Street, ending in Ralston Park. A family fun day in the park will include food, kiddie rides, and vendor booths. A concert and fireworks show will follow at Buhach Colony High School at 7 p.m. The event is free to the public, except for a $5 parking fee at Buhach Colony High School.
• Gustine will celebrate Independence Day with a parade and fireworks show and new activities in Henry Miller Park. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday in downtown Gustine. After the parade, there will be pony rides, a petting zoo, kid’s games, bullfighting exhibitions, food and beverage booths, an antique engines show and a frog jump that is open to all ages at the corner of 6th Street and 3rd Avenue.
Bring a chair and plan to spend the afternoon with friends before heading over to Gustine High School for the evening fireworks display, gates open at 7 p.m.
• The Fireworks on the Water show, sponsored by the Don Pedro Recreation Agency in coordination with the Lake Don Pedro and Moccasin Point Marinas and contributing private houseboat owners, will be held at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. The half hour show will take place on the water by Don Pedro Dam, and can be viewed from the Blue Oaks Group Area, the Visitor Center/Helipad area, or from the water. Each vehicle will be charged $7 to utilize the Recreation Area, park and view the show.
No parking will be allowed on Bonds Flat Road. To expedite the departure from the parking areas immediately after the show, the California Highway Patrol will be directing all spectators to turn right onto Bonds Flat Road, except at Fleming Meadows where those exiting the park will be required to turn left. A map showing the end of show traffic flow will be provided to spectators upon arrival.
Early arrival for the show is highly recommended. Late arrivals may end up missing part of the show due to the time required for parking. Plan on arriving by 8 p.m.
• Modesto's 4th of July celebration will include a parade and picnic in the park, presented by Modesto Jaycees and the City of Modesto. The parade will start at 10 a.m. on Sunday in downtown Modesto. Festivities will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Graceada Park and will include live entertainment, food and vendor booths.