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Fireworks return to Stockton waterfront
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The Fourth of July pyrotechnic display is back in downtown Stockton.

Thanks to private donors along with Mayor Anthony Silva and the Stockton City Council, the Independence Day fireworks return to the waterfront after a seven-year absence.

Silva was able to muster support from sponsors to raise $18,000 to enhance the fireworks show with the Stockton Ports Class-A baseball team.

Council provided the go-ahead to add more than $13,000 to handle the cost of police, fire and staff.

The downtown fireworks last lit up the night skies in 2008. But due to City’s bankruptcy woes, this Fourth of July tradition at Weber Point was placed on hold.

The time was right to bring back the downtown Fourth of July event as the City is now on a fiscally stable path.

Weber Point, 221 N. Center St, is the place to be for the best view.

This will be the centerpiece to some of the surrounding events, including Fourth of July Barbeque & Fireworks Celebration at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, 110 W. Fremont St.

This is a chance for folks to cool down at poolside from 6 to 10 p.m. – don’t forget to bring a towel.

A buffet dinner is scheduled from 6 to 8 o’clock, with music playing till 10 p.m.

Reservations are required. Cost is $30 for adults, $15 for children.

Call 209.323.3057 for information.

In other weekend events:

Stockton Ports – A Fourth of July precursor, the Banner Island Ballpark will host an Independence Day celebration fireworks show as presented by Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort on Friday following the game between the Ports and the visiting San Jose Giants. Click on to or call 209.644.1900 for more information.

Tracy – The City of Tracy will feature an all-day Fourth of July celebration, kicking off with a hot-air balloon lift off at 6 a.m., parade at 10 a.m., pageant at 11:30 a.m., and a host of new activities (rib cook off, pie-baking contest, hot-wing eating contest, family volleyball and bocce ball tournaments at Lincoln Park on Eaton Avenue and East Street. Starting at 7 a.m., the festivities shift over to Tracy High at East Street and 11th Street with a magic show and kids activities inside the stadium. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:30. Cost is $4 for adults (ages 13 through 64), $2 for kids (age 2-12) and $2 for senior (age 65 and up). For more information, call 209.835.2131 or log on to

Lodi – The night skies will light up once again over Lodi Lake, 1101 Turner Rd. The gates open at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast and other attractions taking place on the north side of the lake (the park is closed to traffic along Turner Road, Mills Avenue and Ham Lane). The fireworks show begins at dusk. For more information and cost, call Lodi Lake at 209.333.6742.

The Delta – The 57th annual Waterfront Fireworks Extravaganza at the Mandeville Tip County Park (Light 58 on the San Joaquin River) is free to the public. But getting to the tip owned by Baron Hilton might be a different matter as this has become the largest gathering of private pleasure boats in Northern California. Fireworks can also be seen from the Delta Loop, Windmill Cove and Village West Marina.