For people who want to stay at home but still want to watch fireworks, ABC10 will be airing the 'Salute to the Red, White and Blue' in Elk Grove starting at 9:30 p.m.
Fourth of July Events
Click the links below for more information about when the events start and are located.
- 'Salute to the Red, White and Blue' in Elk Grove
- Fourth of July parade and fireworks in South Lake Tahoe
- 4th of July parade and fireworks in Rancho Cordova
- The Fourth of July Family Blast at the El Dorado County fairgrounds
- 4th of July fireworks in Roseville
- 4th of July at the Lake in Lodi
- 4th of July parade and fireworks in Stockton
- 4th of July fireworks and parade in Modesto
- 'Fourth on the Field Remix' in West Sacramento
If you choose to celebrate Independence Day at home and bypass the parades and public events, you should read up on any local ordinances in your city or county before buying any. Fireworks are illegal in certain areas of the state due to serious injuries and millions in property loss from fireworks-sparked wildfires.
California is dealing with dry vegetation from years of drought and a lack of rain, which means dry grass and vegetation could be increased threats for fires. According to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, an average of 18,000 fires are started every year by fireworks, both illegal ones and misused “safe and sane” fireworks.
To celebrate July Fourth safely, the Office of the State Fire Marshal says you should only use fireworks outdoors but never near dry gas or other flammable materials. It’s also recommended to keep a bucket of water and a hose nearby when using fireworks.
Regardless of where you go in California, using fireworks that explode, leave the ground or move about the ground uncontrollably is illegal. These fireworks include skyrockets, bottle rockets and roman candles. Anyone caught with illegal fireworks could face fines or even arrest.
All legal fireworks include the “Safe and Sane” logo from the California State Fire Marshal on them. If you are not sure if your fireworks are legal, you can contact your nearest Cal Fire facility or local fire station.
Reporting illegal fireworks
The best way to report illegal fireworks in California is through the NAIL 'EM app, allowing people to send exact locations and even take a picture or record audio of the violation.
Some cities and counties also have phone numbers or emails people can use to report illegal fireworks:
- City of Sacramento - 916-808-3473
- Sacramento County - 916-874-5115
- City of Folsom - 916-355-7231
- City of Elk Grove - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rancho Cordova - 916-362-5115
- Citrus Heights - 916-727-5500
- Galt - 209-366-7000
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