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Annual Fireworks Celebration Coming July 2 To Woodward
Woodward fireworks show

Woodward Reservoir will once again be the site for a special Independence Day fireworks celebration, with the event scheduled for Saturday, July 2.

The event will be staged at the popular reservoir at 14528 26-Mile Road outside Oakdale, with the show beginning at 9:30 p.m. and running for roughly 45 minutes to an hour.

The reservoir will open at 6 a.m. to guests that are interested in finding a spot and enjoying the recreational opportunities at Woodward all day on July 2 until the evening festivities begin. Officials suggest getting there early since the reservoir fills up fast, and the gates will close when occupancy is at its max.

The cost for the day pass is $25 per car, and the overnight camping fees for local residents are $40 and for non-residents the cost is $45. The total cost for the overnight fee includes the base price plus an extra $5 for the special event fee.

Yearly pass holders do not have to pay the extra event fees; yearly passes are also available for purchase at a cost of $100 and run from Jan. 1 until Dec 31.

There is only one entrance into the reservoir but officials said they will have two to three directed exits out of the event to help keep the traffic flowing smoothly.

Park officials ask that attendees do not park along the roads around the reservoir but use the available parking lot. They also ask that people allow enough time prior to the event to get inside the reservoir so cars aren’t waiting in line for hours only to get turned away when the reservoir reaches maximum capacity.

More information can be found at or by calling Stanislaus County Parks and Recreation at 209-525-6750. The annual show is presented by the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors.