Fourth of July in Manteca means fireworks, a parade, breakfast, and an old-fashioned family gathering at the Big League Dreams sports complex.
It also serves as a precursor to a 36-year Manteca tradition as the Three Rivers Indian Lodge Pow Wow takes place Friday, July 5, through Sunday, July 7, at the lodge grounds on Union Road between Lathrop Road and Lovelace Road.
BREAKFAST & PARADE
Activities on the actual Fourth of July on Thursday start with the traditional Manteca Kiwanis Club’s pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at Angelano’s Restaurant on North Main Street. The cost for adults is $7 and children $4.
The breakfast is by the starting point of the Independence Day parade at North Main Street and Golden West School. The Sunrise Kiwanis-sponsored parade gets underway at 10 a.m. It goes south on Main Street and turns west on Center Street before dispersing at Library Park. Part of the route will be lined with some of the 2,400 flags being placed by the Manteca Chamber of Commerce.
FAMILY FUN & AERIAL
The family fun runs from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday at the Big League Dreams sports complex off Daniels Street at Airport Way.
Admission is $2 for ages 13 and older while those 12 and under are free. The event features children’s activities, vendor booths, contests, family entertainment, and the annual fireworks show. Unlimited use wrist bands for jump houses and children’s rides as well as the teen zone are $2 apiece.
The aerial fireworks will take place shortly after 9 p.m.
The Three Rivers Indian Lodge Powwow starts Friday, July 5, with a grand entry at 7 p.m.
And while the event is free you might want to make sure you have some money to visit various vendors. Besides drumming and dancing there are native art and craft, food vendors and more.
Grand entry start time for Saturday, July 6, is noon and 6 p.m. as well as Sunday at 1 p.m.
— DENNIS WYATT
209 staff reporter