Tuesday Jul 01 2008
Get there early, stay late for city’s celebration
By: Staff report
Fun run in the morning, fireworks at night flank Roseville’s Fourth of July festivities
Roseville is set to run, walk, march, and gawk as it honors the nation’s 232nd birthday. The city’s All-American Fourth of July Celebration kicks off at 8 a.m. Friday, with a 5K fun-run beginning and ending at Royer Park to benefit Roseville Crime Stoppers. The cardio ends just in time for the start of one of the city’s beloved traditions: the 4th of July Parade, which tramps down Vernon Street to Royer Park beginning at 10 a.m. Expect to see the usual suspects traveling the route, from local cheerleaders and martial artists to goofy clowns and classic cars. After the parade, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., attendees can enjoy games, treats from vendors and free live entertainment by the Capitol Pops concert band at the park. The fun doesn’t end there. When the sun goes down, fireworks will light up the sky above the Placer County Fairgrounds. The show starts at about 9:30 p.m. Admission and parking is free and the fairground gates open at 7 p.m. And throughout residents’ patriotic celebrations, officials are asking for the public to be extremely cautious in the use of ground fireworks in light of dangerous fire conditions. Illegal fireworks – such as bottle rockets and cherry bombs – will earn a $500 fine by law enforcement. All fireworks, even state-approved Safe and Sane models, are banned in unincorporated Placer County, officials said. Fun-run registration for adults is $30 on race day; children are $15. For more information on the run, go to www.jandjsportsproductions.com. The annual event is sponsored by the city of Roseville, the Roseville Chamber of Commerce and The Press-Tribune. For more information, visit www.roseville.ca.us.