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Manteca: Parade, family celebration, fireworks & more

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Having a BLAST in the 209

Manteca firefighters will again help cool down parade participants during the Fourth of July procession down Main Street and Center Street.

HIME ROMERO/The 209


POSTED June 30, 2012 1:10 a.m.

The coolest place to be in Manteca the Fourth of July is lining the Independence Day parade route.

That’s because the Manteca firefighters continue with their tradition of bringing up the rear of the parade pulling a hose cart, unrolling hose, connecting it to a nearby hydrant, and creating an impromptu water play feature in the middle of Main Street or Center Street as the temperature rises.

The sound of squealing kids - and those young at heart who can’t resist getting a bit wet - is just as enjoyable as the red, white and blue pageantry that precedes it.

Manteca has four Fourth of July traditions - the 10 a.m. parade, the Manteca Kiwanis pancake breakfast, the community family celebration at Big League Dreams sports park and the aerial fireworks.

Parade & breakfast

A hundred entries are expected for this year’s Manteca Fourth of July parade dubbed “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

There are no entry fees for the parade sponsored by the Sunrise Kiwanis. It is one of the many community project’s that the service organization in Manteca makes possible.

Les Thomas who has coordinated the distribution and collection of the Flags over Manteca effort of the Manteca Chamber of Commerce since it started will serve as the grand marshal. He is a Korean War veteran.

The parade check-in and staging area will be at North Main Street and Jason Avenue between Rite Aid and Fagundes Meats.  Staging will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4.  The parade will start promptly at 10 a.m. The route is down Main Street to Center Street where it turns west and ends at Library Park. The judges review stand has been moved this year to Main and Edison streets.

Manteca Noon Kiwanis will once again serve their Pancake Breakfast at Angelano’s from 7 to 11 a.m. The restaurant is conveniently located at the parade staging area.  The cost for adults is $7 and children $4.

Any questions or applications, contact Brian Mills at 209-607-3474, or get the entry form at www.sunrisekiwanis.org and click on ‘Downloads/Forms’, then click on ‘Manteca Independence Day Parade Form’, or you can pick them up at the Manteca Chamber of Commerce.

Community celebration & aerial fireworks

The City of Manteca’s 2012 Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Show is Wednesday, July 4, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at Big League Dreams, 1077 Milo Candini Drive. Fireworks will be launched from the wastewater treatment plant. The best viewing is from inside BLD. Admission is $2 for teens and adults ages 13 and up. Admission for children 12 and under is free. All proceeds from this admission fee belong to the City of Manteca. The celebration features children’s activities, vendor booths, a softball tournament, live family entertainment and aerial fireworks.

Gates open at 5 p.m., activities start at 6 p.m., and fireworks will get under way at 9:45 p.m. depending upon darkness. The event ends at 11 p.m.

The City will provide a “kids zone (Polo replica)” much as they have done in the past with access to rides and other activities for kids 12 and under.  The City will be manning this entrance and charge a fee of $2 per youth to enter.

The City will provide a “teen zone (Wrigley replica)” new to the Fourth of July.  Last year over 1,500 youth between the ages of 13 and 17 attended the event with not much to do.  This year they will be provided with teen games, inflatables, and a disc jockey playing teen music.  The City will be manning this entrance and charge a fee of $2 per person over the age of 13 to enter.

After the fireworks expect delays and traffic congestions at Airport Way, the 120 Bypass, Daniels Drive as well as at West Yosemite Avenue. Please drive slowly and follow traffic directions by officers. Detours may be in place for a period of time.

The  Big League Dreams entrance policy is no outside food, beverages, ice chests/coolers brought into the park.  All bags are subject to being searched.  No dogs allowed in the park during this event. Remember to drive slow and watch for pedestrians.

— DENNIS WYATT

209 reporter

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