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Main Street procession celebrates Fourth
Players from the Manteca Futbol Clubs Under 9 Benefica and Under 10 Dash teams work inflating mini soccer balls that players will hand out to spectators from the organizations float during todays Manteca Fourth of July parade. - photo by HIME ROMERO


• PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Manteca Kiwanis pancake breakfast is 7 to 11 a.m. at Angelano’s located at North Main Street at Jason Street. Tickets are $7.

• PARADE: Sunrise Kiwanis Fourth of July parade at 10 a.m. down Main Street from Golden West School to Library Park on Center Street.

• CELEBRATION: Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at Big League Dreams, 1077 Milo Candini Drive. Free admission for ages 12 and under and $2 for ages 13 and up. It features children’s activities (ride wristbands are available for $2 each), a teen zone, vendor booths, a softball tournament, and live family entertainment.

• FIREWORKS: At dusk, over BLD complex



• OMELET BREAKFAST: The Ripon Christian Close Up Club is hosting an omelet breakfast 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Ripon Christian High School student center. Breakfast is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 years and younger. Omelets will be prepared to customers’ liking and fresh muffins, fruit, coffee, juice, and milk are included with the meal. Proceeds from the breakfast will go to 90 juniors and seniors in the Ripon Christian High School Close Up Club who plan to attend a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C. in April 2015.

• FIREWORKS: At dusk at Mistlin Sports Park on River Road

Today’s Manteca Independence Day Parade will feature over 34 entries to the theme of “Traveling the USA.”

Hosted by the Sunrise Kiwanis and the City of Manteca, this annual Fourth of July event will kick-off with a motorcycle escort compliments of the Manteca Police Department beginning at 10 a.m.

The parade route goes from North Main Street near Golden West School to Center and Poplar streets by Library Park.

The lineup and staging of the entries – included are show horses for this sanctioned event – is scheduled to begin at 9 o’clock on Jason Street across from Fagundes Meat Inc.

Dignitaries including Mayor Willie Weatherford, the Manteca City Council, and Grand Marshals’ Carl and Ruby Stappenbeck of the VFW Jimmie Connors Post No. 6311 and Auxiliary will lead the procession.

The parade is scheduled to feature plenty of patriotism along with marching bands, military veterans, antique cars, and floats, to name a few.

“For the theme, they can take (Traveling the USA) and make it their own,” said Brian Mills, who is the parade chairman.

The Manteca Fire Department with its antique vehicle not to mention the popular water cannon – at least with youngsters – will conclude the parade.

The route terminates at Library Park with an awards presentation scheduled a half hour following the event.