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Fourth of July

Why July 5 is California’s dirtiest day of the year

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Backyard barbecues abound and downtown fireworks celebrations draw crowds. But Independence Day, more than any other holiday in California, is all about going to the beach. As an environmental activist with the Surfrider Foundation, this delights me; I believe in not only protecting the world’s ocean, waves and beaches, but also in making sure people can enjoy them. The Fourth of July offers people from all over California the time to make the most of a long summer day. Survey San Francisco’s Ocean Beach on July 4 and you’re likely to see a wide range of people from across the Bay Area, unified by the joy that a day at the beach can bring.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for that pretty picture to inevitably degrade into a far less pleasant one.

While the Fourth of July brings people together for fun and celebration, the “Fifth of July” is more often than not the dirtiest beach day of the year across California and the country. The dramatic holiday influx of beach visitors leave behind a huge amount of trash.

This is notable because plenty of litter accumulates on a regular day.

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Summer blowouts abound in Modesto region with July Fourth celebrations and county fair

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Celebrations of American independence highlight Modesto region entertainment this weekend. While several communities will have events, three are highlighted below.

Country singer Chris Young also comes to the Fruit Yard Amphitheatre, there’s a craft fair in Arnold and the Stanislaus County Fair is set to begin. Here’s a look at just some of what’s planned July 2-8.


The city of Modesto and the Modesto Kiwanis Club present the “United We Stand” parade celebrating Independence Day in downtown. The parade begins at 10th and F streets, moves to J Street, then back to 11th Street to I Street, ending at 17th Street. Later in the evening, a fireworks show will follow the Modesto Nuts home game against the Stockton Ports.

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Fireworks, parades and more. Where to celebrate Fourth of July in Modesto region

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Summer’s biggest celebration promises fireworks, parades and community events across the Modesto and Mother Lode regions. Independence Day falls on a Monday this year and most are planned for that day, though some blowouts are being held on Saturday, July 2. Those include pyrotechnics at Woodward Reservoir. While that waterside show is set to go on, the traditional fireworks over Don Pedro Reservoir have been canceled due to the drought. Here’s a look at just some of what’s planned in the region for the Fourth of July holiday:

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With celebrations mixed, the Fourth of July is up to you

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With all of the traditional Fourth of July celebrations cancelled due to restrictions relating to the coronavirus pandemic, you’re on your own this year to celebrate the 244th birthday of America’s independence.

The popular Stanislaus County Fourth of July Parade in downtown Modesto has been cancelled by the Modesto Kiwanis Club because of state and county COVID-19 restrictions. Also, Turlock has called off its annual Fourth of July Car Show and Parade due to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ban on large gatherings was announced via a Facebook post.

Since aerial firework shows have also been cancelled, many will be having shows of their own at home with safe and sane fireworks. While booths have popped up around town where community members can purchase their own, Ceres Fire Chief Kevin Wise reminded citizens to be safe on Independence weekend, which he anticipates to be a busy Saturday night for his team.

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