Happy 4th of july
July 4th means it is almost time for the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. And in keeping with the past few years, the spectacle will once again head to the East River, bringing what the company is calling the “largest display in more than a decade” to Midtown.
Those who are willing to brave the crowds they can expect more than 60,000 shells along the East river launched from five barges. That’s a significant increase over last year’s show where 52,000 shells were launched from four barges.
To turn up for the event july 4th more than three million spectators are expected, which means getting around Midtown will definitely be a slog that day.
Turlock started 2017 with a patriotic flare that included the creation of American flag corridors around town, a 1,000 Flag Initiative and the painting of red, white and blue stripes in honor of police, fire and paramedic personnel on the Joe Gallison Memorial Pathway along Canal Drive. The city will continue its patriotic spirit this year with a 4th of July celebration that will start in downtown Turlock with a parade, car show and street faire, and end at Stanislaus State with live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show.
Independence Day activities will begin in downtown Turlock at 10 a.m. on July 4 with a parade down Main Street. This year’s theme of Honor Courage Sacrifice is meant to honor veterans and active military personnel, said Turlock Downtown Property Owners Director Molly Amant.
Following the parade will be a car show and street faire until 3 p.m. The car show is open to all types of vehicles and will run down Main Street from Golden State Boulevard to Lander Avenue. Special awards will be presented for the Mayor’s Choice, City Council Member’s Choice, Fire Chief’s Choice and Police Chief’s Choice, among others.
We took a step back in time and found some vintage Fourth of July themed postcards to share along with some patriotic quotes.
We hope this puts you all in a very festive and celebratory mood as we take this day to remember our Independence Day.
To our forefathers, settlers, dedicated citizens across the land, this day is for you. For the farmers, mothers, soldiers, sailors, builders, singers, poets and the dreamers, this is the day we reflect and remember all those, in the spirit of freedom, gave us a beautiful place to call home.
Happy Independence Day
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan
“I’d like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free.” – Rosa Parks
“Independence is a heady draught, and if you drink it in your youth, it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine does. It does not matter that its taste is not always appealing. It is addictive and with each drink you want more.” – Maya Angelou
“Throughout the day no time for memorandums now. Go ahead! Liberty and independence forever.” – Davy Crockett
The festivities in downtown Turlock will include a kids zone with an obstacle course, face painting, free henna tattoos, balloon twister and special appearances by “Frozen” stars Elsa and Anna, along with Batman and Spiderman.
Local businesses will also be in on the holiday fun. All veterans will receive a free scoop of ice cream from Oak Barrel Creamery and The Udder Place will have a live band and specials for veterans.
“The Fourth of July event is a great opportunity to get the community involved and really highlight our beautiful downtown,” said Amant. “The community we have in Turlock is incredible.”
America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine providence on behalf of the human race. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact – the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality. ~ Adlai Stevenson
Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.
Breathes there the man with soul so deadWho never to himself hath said,This is my own, my native land!Whose heart hath ne’er within him burn’dAs home his footsteps he hath turn’dFrom wandering on a foreign strand?~ Walter Scott
The holiday fun will continue into the night on the campus of Stanislaus State. Kids activities and food vendors will be in the University Quad starting at 7 p.m. Live entertainment will include Lizette and the Loudmouths playing the Pergola Meadows stage and a jazz band playing at the University Amphitheater stage. For families to enjoy, there will once again be a Children’s Play Area organized by the City of Turlock Parks & Recreation, as well as food by Chartwells available in the Main Quad and concessions available near Pergola Meadows and the Amphitheater.
Fireworks are set to begin at 9 p.m., with the best viewing at Pergola Meadows.
This is the third consecutive year that Stanislaus State has hosted a fireworks show.
Parking for the campus event is free, however, a number of road closures around the university will be in effect. Between Geer Road and Crowell Road Monte Vista Avenue will be closed starting at 6:30 p.m. on July 4. Access to the parking lots will be available from the south via Del’s Lane, the east via Geer, the west via Crowell, and the north via Christoffersen Parkway.
No alcohol, glass containers, personal fireworks or barbecues will be allowed on the campus during the festivities.