After a day of barbecues, music and other festivities, fireworks will streak over next week for the 16th annual Salute to the Red, White and Blue.
The city is hosting the community Fourth of July celebration for the third time–in past years, it was hosted by the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce.
Music and other events begin at 6 p.m. on July 4, and fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. The fireworks will be launched from Kloss Softball Complex, near the southern end of the park.
Admission is free and parking is $10. Drivers are asked to enter the park at the main entrance on Elk Grove-Florin Road.
"Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and have a picnic or BBQ while enjoying the concert in the park," the city says in a press release. "The event will feature Latin and R&B band Inner Soul on the main stage at Strauss Island."
The city's e-tran bus system will provide run all day for free, according to the press release.
"Starting at 3 p.m., the Red and Blue line will begin service in town and provide service to the park every 15 minutes," the city says. "These routes will run continuously until 9 p.m. and will resume service at the conclusion of the event. Service will conclude by 11:30 p.m."
Attendees are not allowed to bring pets, personal fireworks or alcohol to the event.
More information is available on the city's website at http://www.elkgrovecity.org/rwb/. The full press release is below:
City Announces Plans for 4th of July Fireworks Show
16th Annual Salute to the Red, White & Blue to be held at Elk Grove Regional Park
Elk Grove, CA – This year, the City of Elk Grove is hosting the 16th annual Salute to the Red, White & Blue fireworks show at Elk Grove Regional Park. This event is Elk Grove’s premier 4th of July tradition and community‐wide celebration.
The festivities begin at 6 p.m. with live music and food. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and have a picnic or BBQ while enjoying the concert in the park. The event will feature Latin and R&B band Inner Soul on the main stage at Strauss Island.
Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. The firing location based at the Kloss Softball Complex will light up the skies over Elk Grove Regional Park.
Admission is free, and parking is $10 per vehicle. Gates open at 7 a.m. Drivers should enter Elk Grove Regional Park at the Main Gate off Elk Grove-Florin Road. The Elk Grove Police Department will release traffic information prior to the event.
Alcohol, personal fireworks and pets are not permitted (excluding service dogs).
The City of Elk Grove will be running special transit service all day on July 4. All transit service will be free to the public, complements of the City.
Starting at 3 p.m., the Red and Blue line will begin service in town and provide service to the park every 15 minutes. These routes will run continuously until 9 p.m. and will resume service at the conclusion of the event. Service will conclude by 11:30 p.m. For ADA certified passengers, both routes may deviate or travel off route up to ¾ mile to pick up and drop off passengers. Reservations must be made at least 1 day prior to travel by calling 916.683.8726.
Maps, routes and further information will be posted at www.elkgrovecity.org/rwb. Transit staff will be issuing Riders’ Alerts throughout the 4th of July holiday with transit updates.
The event is sponsored by the City of Elk Grove, Cosumnes Community Services District, Elk Grove Auto Mall, Pappas Investments, Willdan Engineering, MV Transportation, Sutter Health/Sacramento Sierra Region, Wal Mart, Interwest Consulting Group, Kaiser Permanente, SMUD, Nina’s Flowers and the Elk Grove Citizen.
For more information about the event, visit www.elkgrovecity.org/rwb or call the City of Elk Grove at 691.2489.
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