Where to go on the 4th of July

Have yourself an old fashioned 4th in the foothills…

Even though the 4th of July falls in the middle of the week this year, there’s still plenty of fun events happening throughout Calaveras.  And some of the festivities will take you back in time. Way back in time.

Here’s a great way to spend your day:

In the morning, head over to Mokelumne Hill for a pancake breakfast and one of the oldest continuous 4th of July parades in the MotherLode.  Guaranteed things have changed a bit since the picture taken above in 1933!   Grab your pancakes at the Town Hall starting at 7 a.m.  Then find a spot on Main Street for the parade which kicks off at 11 a.m.  Hunkering down early is a good idea.  Locals definitely show their pride for this parade.

Once the parade rolls through, pack up your chairs and stroll over to Shutter Tree Park for games, contests and what is likely to be one of many BBQs during the day.

Next, make your way to the Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration taking place in Angels Camp’s Utica Park from 1 to 6 p.m.  in celebration of the city’s Centennial birthday.  You’re not going to want to miss the Watermelon Seed Spitting contest and Sausage Throw happening from 1 – 3 p.m.  (Nope, we don’t know what the heck a sausage throw is either, but it sure sounds entertaining!)

Enjoy dressing up like a flag?  You might win the best costume contest.  Oh, and there’s more food, of course–FREE hot dogs and ice cream floats (and a flag) to the first 500 folks to stop in.

Then, take the family over to Turner Park in San Andreas for the big finale at 7 p.m., a patriotic-inspired community concert and picnic supper.

Sorry guys, no fireworks on the 4th.  You’ll have to wait until Saturday, July 7th when Ironstone Vineyards hosts their big Independence Day Celebration complete with a 30-minute firework extravaganza.


*Photo of the 1933 Mokelumne Hill parade pictured above courtesy of The Mokelumne Hill History Society.

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