El Dorado County knows how to throw a 238th birthday party for America.
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The Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center is sponsoring a day of fun called the Fourth of July Extravaganza, with help from the area Rotary Club and the Community Economic Development Association of Pollock Pines.
The day kicks off with a hearty pancake breakfast served from 7-10 a.m. at Pollock Pines Fire Station 17, 6426 Pony Express Trail, where for a nominal cost the whole family can get fortified for the beginning of the daylong party.
A couple of hours later, the whimsical and clever entries in the annual Fourth of July parade will wind from Sly Park Road down Pony Express Trail to Sanders Drive, with the parade set from noon-1 p.m.
The parade is sponsored by the Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary and always brings a smile to those lining the roadway.
Those wishing to participate in the parade may contact Becky McIntyre at 530-306-4405 or visit PollockPines-CaminoRotary.org.
Once the last float cruises into the parking lot in front of the community center on Sanders Drive, it’s time for the public to indulge in the abundant fun and food.
Vendors will compete with tempting offerings and a crafts show will highlight the gathering. Parade awards will be announced as activities and games for children and adults alike will get under way.
Gold and gem panning for all ages, sponsored by CEDAPP, is just one of the activities sure to please.
Those interested in being a part of the crafts show may contact Mary Bourn of the Dogwood Garden Club at 530-644-4832 or email@example.com. Vendors may contact Joann Ricks with the community center office at 530-647-8005.
For five hours in Pollock Pines, from 5-10 p.m., there’s no excuse not to get your fair share of scrumptious barbecue, followed by a dance to help work off the calories. The Cast Musical Band featuring Miss Lolli Jones will liven up the crowd as night tucks in.
Down the hill in Placerville, where the trees aren’t quite so thick and towering, there will be fireworks on the Fourth of July, and it is guaranteed to be a blast — the annual Family Blast, that is, which takes over the El Dorado County Fairgrounds with patriotism and partying.
Gates open at 4 p.m., with the fireworks set to light the night after dark. The public may bring coolers and propane barbecues to the fairgrounds, but charcoal is not allowed and leave the pets at home, please. No glass containers may be brought onto the fairgrounds.
Do bring the dancing shoes, however, as live music will fill the area from 6-10 p.m. Throughout the afternoon and evening the kids will be kept busy finding their way through hay mazes and taking on contests and games. They also may frolick on inflatable slides and inside a bounce house.
Food and drink will be available for purchase.
Cost for the daylong Family Blast, which concludes with a stunning fireworks display over the fairgrounds, is $3 per person, with kids 6 and under admitted free. There is a $5 parking fee, but special deals are available: For a carload of up to six people $15 will cover parking and admission. Twenty bucks will park and admit an RV under 30 feet long with six or fewer folks, while $25 will cover RVs over 30 feet. RVs with six or fewer on board that wish to stay overnight will pay $45 including admission for all six people.
Call 530-621-5860 for more information.
Out in the tiny town of Pleasant Valley, the Precision Lawn Chair Brigade and the Sisterhood of the Synchronized Rolling Pins will delight the crowd lining Pleasant Valley Road near the intersection with Mt. Aukum Road as the Fourth of July parade gets under way at 11 a.m. Other entrants run the gamut from cute to clever — but mostly cute. Registration is at 9 a.m.
Prior to the parade, local residents may take advantage of a filling up on a pancake breakfast at the Pleasant Valley Grange, 4765 Pleasant Valley Road, beginning at 8 a.m.
Sponsors of the Pleasant Valley Fourth of July events are Boy Scout Troop 460 and the Pleasant Valley Grange.
Call 530-295-3327 for more information.
There’s really no excuse not to celebrate the nation’s 238th birthday this year, with opportunities all over El Dorado County. Break out the red, white and blue and join the fun.