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Parade takes place Saturday in Manteca
Over 7,000 people are expected to enjoy this year’s Independence Day celebration parade taking place on Saturday, July 3, starting at 10 a.m. on North Main Street. - photo by Bulletin file photo
Manteca is celebrating the birth of the United States on Saturday.

It starts in the morning at 7 o’clock at the traditional Manteca Kiwanis pancake breakfast and runs until almost 10 p.m. when the last aerial fireworks rocket explodes over the Big League Dreams sports complex.

The Sunrise Kiwanis are again staging the Independence Day parade that starts at 10 a. m. on North Main Street in front of the Golden West School and travels south to Center Street where it turns west and disbands at Library Park.

The reviewing stand this year is on the southeast corner of Alameda Street and North Main Street.

The decision to move the parade to a day earlier on Saturday, July 3, was influenced not by the city’s decision to have the community celebration and aerial fireworks at BLD that day to save money to salvage the event but due to previous practices.

In the past, when the Fourth of July has fallen on a Sunday, parade participants and attendance would drop severely due to conflicts with church services. The remedy made a number of years ago was to switch the parade to the day before when July 4 was on a Sunday.

The forecast for Saturday calls for a high of 96 degrees. That will make the perennial parade favorite - the squirting of water from fire hoses hooked to hydrants along the route by members of the Manteca Firefighters Association - a sure hit with the young and young at heart who don’t mind getting wet with dozens of others who rush into the street.

Pancake breakfast
The Manteca Kiwanis Club’s pancake breakfast goes from 7 to 11 a.m. at the former Dave and Sylvia’s Restaurant on North Main Street.

The menu consists of pancakes, scrambled eggs, a slab of ham, juice, milk and coffee.  Cost for adults is $7 and children $4.

Assisting with the breakfast will be students from the Kiwanis-sponsored Kiwin Club and members of SAFE – Senior Aiding Fire Effort.  Regular and reserve firefighters are also lending helping hands.

This year’s breakfast will honor the late Dick Prada who passed away earlier this month.  Prada was an integral part of the Manteca Kiwanis Club and wouldn’t think of missing a special event such as the annual breakfast or one of the weekly meetings.

Marvin Mears, a Manteca fire captain who organized the breakfast two years ago but was unable to attend because of a traumatic boating accident on the Delta waterways, is serving as chairman this year. The Manteca firefighter fought his way back to health through extensive rehabilitation to the point he is able to function once again in the fire service as well as serving as the breakfast chairman.

Family celebration at BLD sports complex
The City of Manteca in partnership with Big League Dreams is hosting the annual Independence Day Celebration on Saturday at the BLD sports complex.

The family-style event is expected to draw between 8,000 and 12,000 people based on attendance in previous years.

The event goes from 4 to 10:30 p.m. It will feature live entertainment showcasing community talent, children’s activities, softball games, a homerun derby, as well as food and fun.  The event culminates with a spectacular fireworks show over the ball park.

Performing on the Community Stage are:

•4:00-4:25 Funtastic Gymnastics

•4:30-4:55 Police K-9 Demonstration

•5:00-5:25 Manteca Youth Focus

•5:30-5:55 Robin Taberna Karate

•6:00-6:25 Matt Vaughan (Vocalist)

•6:30-6:55 Cheyenne Milligan (Vocalist)

•7:00-7:25 Better Left Said (Vocalist with Guitar Accompaniment)

•7:30-7:55 Cheer Odyssey

•8:00-9:40 Rangers (Band)

•9:45 National Anthem performed by Cheyenne Milligan

Independence Day celebration sponsors are the Manteca Bulletin, Urban Futures, Willdan Financial Services, Walmart, Piper Jaffray, and Richard, Watson & Gershon.