Monday, July 28, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
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Parades, fireworks to celebrate nation’s 238th birthday

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Fireworks explode, Thursday, during the 4th of July celebration at the Suisun City Waterfront, July 4, 2013. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

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From page A1 | June 30, 2014 |

SUISUN CITY — Parades in Fairfield, daylong celebrations in Suisun City and fireworks spectaculars in both Suisun City and Vacaville will be central Solano County’s way to celebrate the nation’s birthday on Friday.

Fairfield starts its Fourth of July at 8 a.m. with Boy Scout Troop No. 482′s traditional pancake breakfast, which will be offered at the Fairfield Moose Lodge, 623 Taylor St. The breakfast runs until 11 a.m. Tickets are $6 and available either at the door or at www.troop482.net.

This year’s parade, themed Stars & Stripes Forever, kicks off at 10 a.m. at Webster and Kentucky streets, proceeding west past the Fairfield Community Center before turning south on Taylor Street and then marching east through the downtown on Texas Street.

There will be more than 70 participating community groups and organizations ranging from school bands and veterans groups to car clubs and businesses. This year’s grand marshal will be recently retired Fairfield City Manager Sean Quinn. For more information, go to www.fairfieldmainstreet.com or call 422-0103.

The Fourth of July celebrations then move to he Suisun City waterfront at 11 a.m. with about 40 food and craft vendors on the promenade as well as a full slate of live entertainment and family activities.

This year’s fireworks spectacular was made possible by major sponsorship from TNT Fireworks, as well as money from last year’s fireworks sales raised by the Suisun City Titans Youth Football, the Suisun American Little League and the Travis Vikings.

Family activities will include a giant slide, Ferris wheel, mechanical bull, pony rides and other fun activities, according to organizers.

Live entertainment will be the Alive Music Orchestra at 11 a.m., the Motion Dynamics dance team at 12:30 p.m., The Heartbeat Band at 1:30 p.m., a Wahiawa Kajukenbo Martial Arts Demonstration at 3:30 p.m., The Terry Sheets Band at 4 p.m., Danc-Sing Stars/Missouri Street Theater at 6:30 p.m., Chapkis Dance at 7:15 p.m. and Mixed Nuts at 8 p.m.

Armijo High School student Nacalah Gilliam will open the fireworks show at about 9:15 p.m. by singing the national anthem and Mixed Nuts will close the evening by returning to the stage after the fireworks.

Organizers are asking visitors to arrive early, but to leave umbrellas, tents, canopies, barbecues and all pets at home. No personal fireworks will be allowed in the event area.

For those who simply can’t wait until the Fourth of July for their fireworks, Safe And Sane fireworks booths opened for business at Highway 12 and Marina Boulevard, in the Heritage Park Shopping Center and the Sunset Shopping Center at noon Saturday and will continue to sell through Friday.

Safe and Sane fireworks are only allowed in Dixon, Suisun City and Rio Vista city limits. Police will conduct enforcement before and during the Fourth of July to curtail the use of illegal fireworks.

Residents can be cited for improper use of Safe and Sane fireworks and can get arrested for using illegal fireworks.

The Suisun City Library is getting into the spirit of Independence Day two days early on Wednesday with its Flag Day and a Fizz, Boom, Read event at 10:30 a.m. Children 12 and younger will be able to make their own flags and parade around the library before joining the Fizz, Boom, Read summer reading program. The library is located at 601 Pintail Drive.

Meanwhile, Vacaville starts its Independence Day celebration at 5 p.m. Friday with free admission to that week’s Creekwalk concert, which features the Time Bandits, who will start performing at 6:30 p.m. There will be a wide selection of food and craft vendors.

The fireworks display over Andrews Park is expected to start at about 9:20 p.m.

Downtown Vacaville streets and several parking areas around the park will be closed from 5 to 10 p.m. Parking for people with ADA placards or license plates will be available at the McBride Senior Center parking lot and the lot across the street from McBride on Dobbins Street. To find out which streets and parking areas will be affected, go to www.cityofvacaville.com.

Benicia is getting a jump on the Fourth of July by hosting its traditional Torchlight Parade in downtown Benicia at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, with floats, dancers, car clubs and clowns.

On the holiday itself, there will be a Picnic in the Park at City Park from noon to 7 p.m. with live music, arts and crafts, food and family entertainment. The firework will be held at the waterfront at 9 p.m.

Vallejo holds its 161st July 4th Parade at 10 a.m. Friday, starting at Broadway and Tennessee streets, and then winding its way through the downtown to the waterfront where the town’s fireworks display will be held at about 9:15 p.m.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or ithompson@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ithompsondr.

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.
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  • CD BrooksJune 30, 2014 - 6:16 am

    "Residents can be cited for improper use of Safe and Sane fireworks and can get arrested for using illegal fireworks." Well I thought this would be declared in a different fashion, but the word is out...well hidden but there nonetheless.

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  • S KJune 30, 2014 - 7:45 am

    Morning CD. Well I do know there is a difference between the safe & sane VS the illegal stuff ( I never thought that the safe stuff should be sold in Suisun either), but the illegal stuff is already booming around Gadwall, a regular, especially evening thing, way louder stuff than just firecrackers, maybe cherry bombs, one or two M80s, sounds like, and not a cop around. If they just planted a patrol car nearby and not at the donuts shops, they definitely would catch someone, but obviously do not give a crap. Either my old doggie pal doesn't care anymore or is harder of hearing at near 15. But my Wife and I HATE IT, especially once we've gone to bed!!!!!!!!!

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  • YELPJune 30, 2014 - 8:26 am

    So , you want cops out fighting crime and catching the criminals in every other post you print , but on this night only you want them posted in your neighborhood so you, your wife and dogs can sleep? I see that you got your priorities straight on what police should be doing. Go back and rethink what your asking next time before you hit the (POST COMMENT) tab.

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  • toniJune 30, 2014 - 9:05 am

    I agree with Yelp, my neighbors house 4 houses down roof caught on fire, so I also agree. I will call the police if I have too, the neighbors said they will do the same.

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  • SKJune 30, 2014 - 12:47 pm

    RIGHT ON!!!!!

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  • SKJune 30, 2014 - 12:49 pm

    P.S. I don't think you meant to agree, but to DIS-AGREE with Yelp. I get the impression he feels that people ought to be able to light off that CRAP.

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  • CarolJune 30, 2014 - 10:40 am

    We enjoy the parade in Fairfield on the 4th. I just wish they could do something about making a portion of the sidewalk space a no-smoking area. I am not looking to upset anyone I am just making a comment.

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  • SammieJune 30, 2014 - 10:55 am

    Carol, I understand what you mean. A no smoking area would be really nice.

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  • toniJune 30, 2014 - 3:19 pm

    Thank You I meant that I agree with S.K. along with my neighbors about the illegal fireworks in the neighborhood. we will call the police non emergency 428-7300.

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  • Just sayingJune 30, 2014 - 5:07 pm

    The police will not do anything about illegal fireworks in Fairfield. They do not have the resources.

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  • S KJune 30, 2014 - 6:09 pm

    Well the police do a fine job here in Suisun. I constantly see them pulling Perps over, for whatever reason, and having them sitting down on the curb. Our Police will make sure that things don't get out of hand as over on the OTHER SIDE of the TRACKS. Our coppers are down on Perps like stink on poop over here, and I salute them :-)

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  • 2realJune 30, 2014 - 6:25 pm

    No need to snitch. Lets have fun and celebrate!

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