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Manteca, Ripon celebrate Independence Day
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Cousins, left to right, Kara Long, Jason Ramos, Carly Long and Brenden Ramos keep the tea cup spinning during Fourth of July festivities Sunday at Big League Dreams. - photo by HIME ROMERO

Pancakes, parades, fireworks, and community celebrations mark today’s 235th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Activities start in Manteca 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 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. today 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