SUISUN CITY — Fairfield, Suisun City and Vacaville will celebrate the nation’s birthday with parades, fireworks shows and live entertainment July 4, according to each event’s organizers.
Fairfield starts the morning with its Fourth of July parade, which will start at 10 a.m. in downtown Fairfield. There will be about 70 entries this year ranging from the Taiko Drums to vintage car groups. This year’s grand marshal is longtime educator Mayrene Bates.
The parade route will again wind along Kentucky Street to Taylor Street, then to Texas Street where it will then march to Washington Street.
Parade awards will be announced at 1 p.m. on the lawn area next to Jefferson and Texas streets. Residents will be entertained by several performers between the parade’s end and the awards. There will also be a dozen food vendors and crafters on hand.
For those who want some breakfast before the parade, members of Boy Scout Troop 482 will offer a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Fairfield Moose Lodge at 623 Taylor St.
Suisun City’s Fourth of July celebration will start at 11:15 a.m. with a performance by the Alive Music Orchestra followed later in the day by Highway 4, Westbound 80 and the Poyntlyss Sisters. There will also be dance performances by Motion Dynamics, Nacalah Gilliam, Danc-Sing Stars Studio and Chapkis Dance.
Organizers said that, thanks to income from successful safe and sane fireworks sales last year, this year’s celebration is the restored, full-scale event and not the scaled-back one the city hosted last year.
Approximately 40 crafters and food vendors will line up along Solano Street and in the parking lot along the waterfront. A Ferris wheel, giant slide and other family oriented activities will be available to add to the carnival-like celebration.
Handicapped parking will be available on the north end of the waterfront parking lot. The city is encouraging RVs to park down at the boat launch or in the vacant lot next to the nearby Hampton Inn and Suites hotel. Cadets from the Civil Air Patrol will help direct traffic.
The waterfront fireworks display, which is expected to last about 22 minutes, will start at about 9:15 p.m. and be preceded by the singing of the national anthem sung by Gilliam.
For more information, visit www.visitsuisuncity.com.
Vacaville will have its Independence Day celebration starting at 6:30 p.m. in Andrews Park with a performance by a Creedence Clearwater Revival cover band called Travelin’ Band. It will be followed at approximately 9:30 p.m. with a fireworks show over the park.
For more information, go to www.creekwalk.com.
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