Sacramento is a great place to celebrate the Fourth of July and, according to a new study by WalletHub, we’re one of the best places in the nation. The expert review and financial comparison company looked at 100 U.S. cities to find best Fourth of July celebrations, for which Sacramento ranked #19.
Cities were compared on metrics including walkability, number of holiday performances and festivals, lowest three-star hotel price, holiday popularity, fireworks show duration, average beer and wine cost, legality of fireworks and weather. These measures showed how well cities balance holiday cost and fun, and not surprisingly proved to show Sacramento a top place for both.
Confirming our rank, Sacramento offers a large variety of community events for celebrating Independence Day. Household BBQs and trips to the lake are popular on the Fourth, but for those who want to celebrate the day with the rest of the city, here’s a list of Sacramento’s biggest Fourth of July celebrations that are sure to give you and your family and friends a fun and exciting Independence Day.
Independence Day Celebration
July 4, 5pm, Cal Expo, Sacramento; Free admission, $10 parking, $10 reserved seats. The City and County of Sacramento will come together with Cal Expo and CBS Radio to put on biggest fireworks show in the area. It’s a free event for the whole family with activities at the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand at 5pm and the fireworks extravaganza at 9:30pm. Reserve a seat at the Grandstand for the best viewing experience. More info at calexpo.com.
Rancho Cordova Fourth of July Celebration
July 3-4, 4-11pm Friday, 12-11pm Saturday, Hagan Park, Rancho Cordova; $2 Admission, $10 parking. These 2 days of Fourth of July fun do a good job showing why Sacramento made the top 20 list. Start the city’s largest Independence Day celebration with a carnival, concert, BMX show, and a fireworks mini-show on July 3. A 5k and parade kick off the Fourth’s events, which also include carnival rides, booths, live music, Kids Zone! activities, and an impressive fireworks show at 9:45pm. And all this at Hagan Park’s ideal summer location on the river. More info at ranchocordovajuly4th.com.
Fourth on the Field
July 4, 6-10PM, Raley Field, West Sacramento; $15.85 general admission, $9.95 children under 12. Step onto the baseball field and enjoy the neighborhood block party atmosphere of the 3rd annual Fourth on the Field. Raley Field will be lined with food trucks including Krush Burger, Gyro Stop, La Mex Taqueria, Bacon Mania and more. There will be interactive games, a kids area, live music and inflatables for all. Be sure to pack a blanket to lay out under the summer sky while waiting for the grand finale of fireworks going off the sound of favorite patriotic American music. More info at raleyfield.com.
55th Annual Folsom Pro Rodeo
July 1-4, 6-10PM, Historic Folsom & the Dan Russell Arena; $19.50 adults, $15 children under 10 and seniors over 62. Welcome one of the longest annual California events at the Cattle Drive commencement of the Folsom Pro Rodeo in Historic Folsom on July 1. Head on over the following three evenings to the Dan Russell Arena for rodeo fun that includes mutton busting, roping events, riding events, motocross acts, rodeo queen and horse drill team performances, live music and delicious food. And since it’s Fourth of July weekend, the rodeo goes all out with a fireworks show every night at 9:30pm in addition to a nightly arrival of the American flag by parachute at 8:30pm. More info at folsomrodeo.com.
Red, White & Brews
July 3, 6pm (closing time varies by venue), Old Sacramento. Be the first to celebrate Uncle Sam’s birthday with a select $3 American beer at your favorite participating Old Sacramento bars. Enjoy the wonderful atmosphere and convenient view of the River Cats post-game fireworks over Raley Field and the Sacramento River. More info, including a list of participating bars, at oldsacramento.com.
14th Annual Spirit of Freedom 4th of July Parade
July 4, 10am-1pm, Howe Park, Sacramento; free admission, $10 parade entry. As is holiday tradition, commence Fourth of July with one of the many parades taking place on city streets across Sacramento. Watch or participate in Howe Park’s rendition of a parade with beautifully and proudly decorated floats and vehicles. The approximate 1.4 mile parade precedes fun family activities, booths and food. More info at fecrepark.com.
Regardless of how you spend the Fourth, whether it be with the community, friends or family, remember to enjoy the day, and to be thankful for our independence and the opportunities this country gives you. Happy birthday Uncle Sam!
To view WalletHub’s full 2015 Best & Worst for 4th of July report, visit wallethub.com.
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