The Mother Lode will celebrate Independence Day with a myriad of events in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties.
Columbia’s Glorious Fourth of July celebration will take place on Monday beginning with a flag raising ceremony and the firing of black powder muskets by the Columbia Foot Dragoons at 11 a.m.
A noon parade will be led by this year’s Grand Marshal, Roger Kirby. Parade registration begins at 10:30 a.m. outside the Fallon House Theater, or call (209) 536-1672 to pre-register. Anyone wishing to participate in the parade is invited to decorate themselves, their party, pets (under 200 pounds), wagons or vehicles (1970 or older) to compete for prizes.
After the parade, the Lucky CuZn Brass Band will perform and contests will include Greased Pole Climb, Needle in a Haystack Chase, Bucket Brigade, Watermelon and Pie, Relay Race eggs, a nail-pounding, and a five-way tug of war. -war.
A BBQ pulled pork dinner will be offered at a cost of $14 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under.
The festivities are sponsored by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call (888) 488-1850 or go online to www.columbiacalifornia.com.
Other events include:
• The Jamestown Promotion Club will host a free one-day 4th of July concert at Rocca Park in Jamestown beginning at noon on Monday 4th July. Kicking off the day will be singer-songwriter The Real JustM!, from Groveland. The Penetrators Groove Band will take the stage at 2 p.m., followed by Leilani and the Distractions at 4 p.m. Burn Permit will perform from 6-9 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own seat. Downtown Jamestown businesses will be open to provide food and drink, or attendees can bring their own, although no alcohol is permitted.
Organizers of an annual fireworks display at Don Pedro Reservoir and a family fun day at Christian Heights Church will not be hosting events this year.
• The Sierra Nevada Arts and Crafts Festival will return to the parking lot of Bristol’s Cafe in Arnold on Saturday and Sunday July 2nd and 3rd.
Admission is free to the festival, which will feature over 60 stalls selling arts, crafts and artisan jewelry, specialty foods and antiques. Representatives from the Ebbetts Pass Fire District will be selling local beers. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
For more information, visit online at www.brotherspromotions.comor call (831) 345-2006.
• Ironstone Vineyards will hold its annual Independence Day celebration on Saturday July 2 at 1894 Six Mile Road in Murphys.
Doors will open at 2 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to bring low-backed chairs or blankets, but no outside food or drink is permitted.
The day’s activities will include craft vendors, a bouncy house and rock climbing wall, as well as live music by Pine Top Boogie Band, Ty McCarthy and Shane Dwight.
Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12, cash only.
For more information, call (209) 728-1251 or go online to www.ironstonevineyards.com/fireworks.
• The Ebbetts Pass Fire District will hold its annual 4th of July weekend fundraiser on Saturday, July 2 on the lawn behind Bistro Espresso in Arnold.
Starting at 6 p.m., live rock and pop music will be performed by Burn Permit, and a barbecue dinner will be available for purchase. The concert is free.
The district uses the funds to maintain and purchase equipment at its four stations, all of which are all-hazards response stations that respond to everything from medical aids to wildfires.
Spectators are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. Outside food is permitted, but buying a meal on site directly benefits the neighborhood.
• Town Square in Copper Valley will offer food, drink and snow cones and a waterslide obstacle course starting at 11 a.m. Sunday during Stars and Stripes at the Square. A fireworks display will begin around 9 p.m. The event is free and wristbands for the slide are $10 per person.
• The Murphys Historic Hotel will host a family fireworks display in its parking lot from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Monday July 4th.
The event will feature ground-level fireworks after dark, barbecue and cold drinks, and live music by the Star Dogs starting at 7 p.m.
The hotel is located at 457 Main Street, Murphys.
• Mokelumne Hill’s annual 4th of July celebration on Monday, July 4 will begin with a Veterans Memorial Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at City Hall, followed by a parade at 11 a.m. on the street Hand.
The one-day event will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature food, live music, vendors, and activities for kids, including a watermelon-eating contest and a water relay race .
Free parking will be available at Wendall’s at the corner of West Center Street and Highway 49. Free shuttle service will be offered beginning at 9:30 a.m.
For more information, call (209) 609-0381 or (209) 256-2137.