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Two days of aerial fireworks, parades, & fun
Dancers in full regalia make their way into the arena as part of the grand entry Saturday at the Three Rivers Indian Lodge Powwow. Todays grand entry is at 1 p.m. - photo by HIME ROMERO

You can double your Fourth of July fun this year by taking in two parades, two community celebrations, and two aerial fireworks displays spread over today and Monday in Manteca and Ripon.

And you can start things off by dropping by for the final day of the annual Fourth of July weekend Three Rivers Indian Lodge Powwow that takes place today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Three Rivers Indian Lodge is on North Union Road about a half mile north of Del Webb at Woodbridge.

The grand entry is at 1 p.m.

And while the event is free you might want to make sure you have some money to visit various vendors.

A decision by the Manteca City Council to reduce city costs and to take advantage of lower fireworks prices for non-Fourth of July launches that in turn means a bigger fireworks display, moved the community celebration and aerial fireworks to today.

Things start today at 4 p.m. at the Big League Dreams sports complex off Daniels Street at Airport Way and continue until 10:30 p.m.

Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for those 13 to 17 and free for those 12 and under. The event features children’s activities, 19 vendor booths, softball tournament, a home run contest, family entertainment, and the annual fireworks show. Unlimited use wrist bands for jump houses, children’s rides and more are $2 apiece for ages 3 to 10.

The aerial fireworks will take place shortly after 9 p.m. tonight.


Activities on the actual Fourth of July start with the traditional Manteca Kiwanis Club’s pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at the former Dave and Sylvia’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.

Bringing up the parade’s rear is the perennial crowd favorite featuring the Manteca firefighters pulling a hose cart. They run from hydrant to hydrant to hook up the hose and then spray whoever wants to cool off in the middle of the street.

Then at 6 p.m. Ripon’s first arch-to-arch non-motorized parade along that community’s Main Street takes place.

You can still decorate your bike, scooter, wheelchair, wagon, stroller, and such and participate. A $1 donation is requested to help fund the fireworks but it isn’t mandatory. Registration begins at 5 p.m., Monday on Nourse Avenue across the street from the car wash.

After the parade, enjoy the atmosphere including a bounce house, food, and music provided by Kid Red Entertainment at Ripon Elementary School on Main Street. Right next door at the Ripon Christian Schools a similar event will take place.

Then at 9:15 p.m. aerial fireworks will be launched over the Ripon High football stadium