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Independence Day, Fireworks, and More 4th of July Fun

Here in Calaveras, we take Independence Day very seriously. That’s why we start our Independence Day celebrations early—in June to be exact. Read on to find all of the best parades and fireworks in Calaveras for 4th of July celebrations throughout the county.

⚠️PLEASE REMEMBER: Calaveras County is a high fire risk zone. Possession or use of all brands and types of fireworks in the Calaveras County Ebbetts Pass Fire District is illegal. Leave firework displays to the professionals. Play safe and have fun! ⚠️

Where to Find Fireworks in Calaveras County

Ironstone Vineyards Fireworks
July 4th Fireworks at Ironstone Vineyards

Independence Day Fireworks start the end of June in Calaveras. New Hogan Lake and Ironstone Vineyards put on the most popular shows in the region. Learn more about these fireworks shows (and other 4th of July fun throughout Calaveras County) below.

  • Fireworks over New Hogan Lake – June 25th
    When: Saturday June 25th from dusk to 10pm
    Where:  New Hogan Lake near Valley Springs, CA I Explore Valley Springs tri-lakes area here.
    Cost: Free (unless you enter New Hogan Lake fee area).
    What: Fireworks over New Hogan Lake makes Independence Day celebrations even more magical. Here, you’ll gather on the shore or on a boat to enjoy beautiful fireworks overhead reflected in the lake. This event usually takes place on the Saturday closest to Independence Day and starts at dusk. It’s free to attend unless you enter a fee area of New Hogan Lake. Consider camping so you don’t have to leave after the fireworks are over.
  • Learn more: View calendar of events listing here. 
  • Fireworks at Ironstone Vineyards – July 2nd
    When: Saturday July 2nd from 2pm to midnight; fireworks at dusk.
    Where: Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, CA. I Explore nearby Murphys, Angels Camp, Copperopolis and Arnold here.
    Cost: Ages 12+ $20, Ages 6-12 $10; Ages 5 and under free
    What: Live music, food, vendors, face painting, rock wall, fire jugglers, bounce house, fireworks at dusk.
  • Learn more: View calendar of events listing here.

Where to Use Your Own Fireworks in Calaveras County

4th July Fireworks | Jack Forkner
4th July Fireworks | Jack Forkner

Safe and legal public places to launch personal fireworks on the 4th: 

  • CANCELED  Copperopolis – Public Safe and Sane Fireworks Venue – July 4th beginning at dusk
    Have fun while preventing wildfires in Copperopolis, CA. Beginning at  dusk, Copperopolis Fire Department hosts an annual safe and sane fireworks venue at 370 Main St. (across from the post office) in the Fire Department parking lot/helipad. While no alcohol is permitted, the public is invited to bring their own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.
    More info: Find more details here.

Where to Enjoy Independence Day Parades & Celebrations in Calaveras County

Arnold Independence Day Parade

  • Arnold Independence Day Parade & Sierra Nevada Arts & Crafts Fair – July 2nd & 3rd from 10 am to 5pm. The Arnold Independence Day Parade and Sierra Nevada Arts & Crafts Festival starts with a  classic, small-town parade with vintage cars, local businesses, emergency services, schools and civic organizations represented. It starts on Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 10:00 am from the Arnold Byway to the Cedar Center Shopping PlazaThe festivities continue with the 50th Annual Sierra Nevada Arts & Crafts Festival in the center of downtown Arnold, a mountain resort town on the road to Bear Valley Ski Resort on Highway 4, among the pines and redwoods, on the grounds of Bristol’s Ranch House Café. The 4th of July weekend festival will feature high-quality, hand-crafted artisans, specialty food and antiques that will make this a memorable event for many years to come! Enjoy the crisp mountain air as you walk among the booths and try the specialty food while enjoying the wonderful mountain environment.
  • Learn more: View calendar of events listing here.
  • Mokelumne Hill – July 4th Parade – The Moke Hill July 4th Parade is a quintessential small-town-America Independence Day celebration in the charming historic downtown of Mokelumne Hill. Taking place along Main Street in this pretty Gold Rush town makes this parade one of the most picturesque you can imagine. Enjoy food, live music, and vendors plus fun kids activities like a watermelon eating contest and water relay race for a celebration to remember. Festivities begin with a pancake breakfast at the Town Hall from 7:30 am to 11:00 am that supports the Veteran’s Memorial District in its efforts to maintain and improve Moke Hill’s town hall and parks.  Join friends and neighbors on Main Street for the parade at 11:00 am. There is plenty of parking at Wendall’s (corner of West Center Street and Highway 49) and a free shuttle to Main Street commencing at 9:30 a.m. on the 4th.
  • Learn more: View calendar of events listing here.

Looking for places to cool off between the festivities? From lakes to rushing mountain streams to hidden swimming holes, we’ve got you covered. Click the link to learn more.

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