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Parade, celebration & aerial fireworks today
Manteca Kiwanis members Dick Prada, left, and Ben O’Rourke are ready to serve hundreds of people during this morning’s pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at David & Sylvia’s Restaurant on North Main Street. - photo by DENNIS WYATT
Aerial fireworks launched near the Big League Dreams sports complex will cap off today’s early bird Independence day celebration in Manteca.

Manteca’s traditional Fourth of July activities – pancake breakfast, parade, community choir concert, community celebrations and fireworks – were all moved up a day as part of an effort by the City of Manteca to avoid over $10,000 in holiday overtime costs for public safety personnel and street crews. It is part of an overall strategy to reduce the deficit that had been projected to reach $11.3 million this fiscal year. Now thanks to employee concessions, downsizing through retirement, and things such as shifting the Independence celebration a day earlier the deficit is expected to come in at around $2 million to $3 million.

A large chunk of the $20,000-plus tab for the fireworks and day’s events is being picked up by part of the proceeds from the Manteca Police Officers Association fireworks booth at Union Road and Yosemite Avenue. The association gives about 40 percent of its proceeds to help underwrite part of the community celebration’s costs. The city advanced funds from the bonus bucks account – the money developers pay for sewer allocation certainty – to pay for the fireworks that must be covered din advance. The association’s proceeds will help reimburse that account.

Kiwanis breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m.
The Kiwanis Club of Manteca will be conducting its annual Independence Day celebration pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. today, at David and Sylvia’s Family Dining restaurant, located at 1020 North Main Street, in the Cardoza Shopping Center.  The breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, ham, coffee, milk and juice.  Drive-thru serve will also be available for those families that wish to take their breakfast home.

The annual breakfast event has been conducted by the Kiwanis club for several decades in celebration of America’s independence.  Monies raised from the local event are distributed by the club to other local organizations and activities within our community that focus and serve the needs of our children.  

The cost of breakfast is $7 per adult (12 years and older) and $4 per child.  

Parade starts at 10 a.m. today
The Sunrise Kiwanis are using proceeds from their annual Pumpkin Fair to fund the annual Independence Day parade that starts at 10 a.m. today.

It starts on North Main Street at Jason Street directly across from Golden West School. The route goes south down North Main Street and turns right on Center Street and ends at Library Park.

Firefighters bring up the rear pulling the parade’s most popular feature – a hose cart that has fire hose that is then unrolled, hooked to a hydrant and then provides a minute or so of a cooling cascade of water.

Patriotic choir concert at 2 p.m.
The Manteca Community Choir is presenting its annual Independence Day concert at 2 p.m. today. Patriotic songs will be sung.

The concert at the Manteca Presbyterian Church, North and Main streets is free although a freewill offering will be taken.

Family celebration at Big League Dreams
The City of Manteca’s family-orientated celebration takes place from 4 to 10:30 p.m. at the Big League Dreams sports complex on Milo Candini Drive off Daniels Street near the Stadium Retail Center.

Admissions are $2 for adults, $1 for those 13 to 17 and those 12 and under are free. The gate fee is being used exclusively by the city to offset costs of the celebration including the aerial fireworks.

There is entertainment from 4 to 9:45 p.m. as well as food, games, activities, and 21 vendor booths.

No outside food and beverage is allowed. Also prohibited are tailgating, soliciting, coolers and pets.

Aerial fireworks will be shot off after dusk from over the wastewater treatment giving those in the stands are Big League Dreams the best seat in Manteca.

Flags Over Manteca on Saturday
The Manteca Chamber of Commerce will place the 2,400 flags out as part of its Flags Over Manteca on Saturday, July 4.

To make sure all 2,400 flags are placed, the chamber still needs volunteers. Call the chamber at 823-6121 for more information.

Movies in the Park on Fourth of July
Movies in the Park at Woodward Park is offering live patriotic and gospel music as the preshow to the movie that starts at about 9 p.m.

Saturday’s film is “Indiana Jones.”

There are also concessions such as popcorn and soft drinks. There are still opportunities for vendors at the weekly movie showing that drew up to 500 people a week during its inaugural run last year. For information on vendor booths call White at 922-2673.

The gates open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the storm basin. There is a $1 charge for those 12 and over to help cover city costs. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and jackets. Mosquito repellent is also suggested.

The movies are being presented by DeCristo Productions.

Other upcoming films are:

•July 11, “Tales of Desperaux.”

•July 18, “Bolt.”

•July 25, “Inkheart.”