By VINCE REMBULAT
The Liberty Festival Fourth of July in Manteca is just one of several events scheduled in the area in celebration of Independence Day.
The family-fun day extends into the neighboring cities as well.
The Manteca events include the Manteca Kiwanis annual Fourth of July pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Angelo’s, 1020 N. Main St., Manteca. The $7 ticket for adults and $4 for kids under 10 includes pancakes, ham, eggs, and coffee.
The Manteca parade is at 10 a.m. sponsored by the Sunrise Kiwanis. The route goes south on North Main Street from the Golden West School and turns east on Center Street and ends at Library Park.
The Liberty Festival is from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Big League Dreams sports complex. The event will include entertainment throughout the day, vendors as well as traditional Fourth of July picnic style activities such as sack races and three-legged races. There will be vendors as well. Fagundes Meats will be on hand with their food truck. Big League Dreams will also have their two restaurants open for business.
BLD will be charging a $2 admission for those 13 and older. The first 500 people to bring a canned food item will be able to enter for $1. The canned goods are being donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. Those 12 and under will be admitted at no charge.
The Manteca aerial fireworks are launched immediately north of the BLD complex from the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
An event in Tracy sponsored by the City of Tracy and the Tracy Chamber of Commerce will feature a hot-air balloon lift off along with a pancake breakfast beginning at 6 a.m. at Lincoln Park, which will also have vendor booths and the Kids Zone throughout the day.
The Fourth of July Parade starts at 10 a.m. at Sixth Street and Central Avenue, concluding at Lincoln Park.
The opening ceremonies will follow at about 10:30 a.m.
The celebration continues across the street later that day at Tracy High.
At the stadium at 7 p.m., Sparkles the Clown and Ravioli are the featured entertainment coupled with a magic show and activities for children.
The fireworks spectacular show is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.
Cost is $2 for children ages 2 through 12 as well as seniors ages 65 and older. General admission (ages 13 through 64) is $4.
Stockton's Fourth of July Celebration is a free event with music, activities for kids, and a variety of food vendors at Weber Point, 221 N. Center St, Stockton.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
The aerial fireworks show is being shared with the nearby Stockton Ports.
The local Minor League Baseball team, the Class-A team of the Oakland Athletics, will be hosting the Modesto Nuts that evening with the pyrotechnic display to follow at about 9:30 p.m.
Earlier that day will be the Fourth of July parade through downtown Stockton beginning at 10 a.m.
In Modesto, the city will proudly host the 145th annual Fourth of July Parade.
It will once again follow its traditional route, from 10th and F streets, to J Street and then up to 11th Street and back to I Street, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The All American Festival in the 10th Street Plaza featuring live music, children's activities and food and craft booths will follow the parade.