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.
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