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Fireworks, parade apparently both a go for July Fourth
4th of July Parade
Bulletin file photo A patriotic entry in the 2017 Manteca Fourth of July parade.

Manteca is bringing back aerial fireworks as well as the Main Street parade to mark the Fourth of July after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deputy City Manager Toni Lundgren last week noted the contract is ready to be signed for the city financed aerial fireworks display that will be launched from the municipal wastewater treatment plant.

Lundgren noted the city will be printing a flyer in the coming days about recommended parks in west Manteca where the best viewing spots will be to see the aerial display.

At the same time the Sunrise Kiwanis will be staging their annual Fourth of July parade this year.

Entries — except for equestrian groups — are free thanks to funds the service club raises at its annual Sunrise Kiwanis Manteca Pumpkin Fair.

It will take place Sunday, July 4, at 10 a.m.  The route starts on North Main Street by the Golden West School and travels south to Center Street where it will head west and end at Library Park.
The theme this year is “Hats off to the USA.”

All attendees are being asked to follow social protocols that will be in effect when July 4 rolls around which will likely be the wearing of face masks.

The service club is inviting 2020 graduates of Manteca, East Union, Sierra, and Calla high schools that were unable to have a traditional commencement ceremony to serve as grand marshals due to COVID-19. Plans are to reach out and invite all the graduates to march at the head of the parade. They will be invited to wear their caps and gowns if they have them. Details will be announced later. Registration forms are available by going to There is no fee to be an entrant (except for equestrian entries). Floats, bands, dancing groups, scouts, equestrian units, youth groups, car, families, and individuals are all invited to participate. 

Nancy Loewen and Monica Mendoza are serving as co-chairs for the parade

The sale — and therefore under state law — the use of safe and sane fireworks starts Saturday, June 27, and ends at midnight on Sunday, July 4.


To contact Dennis Wyatt, email