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Holiday Closures, Fireworks Scheduled
Normal 0 0 1 60 346 oakdale leader 2 1 424 11.1287 0 0 0 Linda Ridenour, left, and Nita Roberts stock the shelves at the Oakdale Music Boosters fireworks booth on June 29 at the Save Mart Shopping Center on East F Street. There are a number of fireworks booths throughout the city selling the ‘safe and sane’ products for the July 4 holiday. Hours at most booths throughout town are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and all booths will be in operation through July 4. - photo by CRAIG MACHO/THE LEADER
The Fourth of July falls on a Sunday this year, which means many locations will also be closed on Monday, July 5 for the holiday observance.

All Oakdale city offices will be closed on July 5. There will be no mail delivery that day, banks ad businesses have the option of closing. The Oakdale Leader office will be closed on Monday as well.

Safe and Sane fireworks booths were able to open for business on Monday, June 28 and will remain open for sales through July 4. Booths throughout the city are hosted by a number of local organizations, from churches to sports clubs to music boosters, and proceeds help those groups offset operational costs.

Residents are reminded that only the ‘Safe and Sane’ fireworks with the fire marshal seal of approval are legal to use; anything that leaves the ground is illegal, unless part of a public planned display.

To that end, Woodward Reservoir will host its 15th Annual Fireworks Celebration on Sunday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m.

Staff at the reservoir recommend that those attending the event plan to stay inside the park until the fireworks display is over. Due to the popularity of this event, there is a high potential the park will be closed to all inbound traffic and a high potential for closure of entry roads to the park — regardless of whether patrons have purchased day use and/or camping fees for the day — according to park staff.

For questions regarding this event, contact Woodward Reservoir at 847-3304 or

Many area cities, as well as California State University, Stanislaus, have discontinued fireworks events over the past few years due to the economic downturn.

Meanwhile, Stanislaus County offices will be closed July 2 through 5, reopening on July 6, because of furlough and observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Critical services for the county will remain operational such as sheriff's operations, jail facilities, 24-emergency response programs, etc.

County Parks will remain open over the holiday weekend.

Those that plan to head out on the waterways are advised to use caution as well, since river water is flowing swift and cold, courtesy of winter snowmelt.

Temperatures are forecast to come down a little from the triple digits hit earlier in the week, peaking in the mid-90s for the holiday weekend.