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SALINAS VALLEY — As the Fourth of July approaches, South Monterey County is gearing up for a series of events to celebrate Independence Day, with each town offering unique festivities ranging from parades and games to food vendors and fireworks.

King City will start its festivities a day early on July 3 with a fireworks show beginning at 9 p.m. at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds. The celebrations continue on July 4 with a morning parade from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The parade will start at Second Street and Broadway, providing a vibrant display of community spirit.

In addition, King City Young Farmers is hosting a Fourth of July event at San Lorenzo Park. The celebration will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature a variety of activities, including a car show, cornhole games and a barbecue.

The rib barbecue will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with pre-sale tickets available. For more information or to purchase BBQ tickets, contact Mark Phillips at 831-809-4458, Alex Gourley at 208-243-5017 or Heath Latasa at 831-970-3143.

Gonzales will host its Fourth of July celebration from 12 to 6 p.m. at Central Park. The event features a parade starting at noon, followed by family-friendly activities in the park.

Soledad’s Fourth of July celebration will be an extended event beginning at noon and running until 8:30 p.m. at Soledad Little League Park. The patriotic celebration kicks off with a parade and includes children’s games, food booths and other festivities throughout the day, culminating with a spectacular fireworks display in the evening.

Then, on Saturday, July 6, the community is invited to attend the third annual Soledad Hot Summer Days Car Show and Street Festival. The family-friendly event, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Front Street, features classic cars, food trucks, music, DJs and live entertainment.

Greenfield will celebrate the Fourth of July from 3 to 9 p.m. at Patriot Park. The celebration includes food vendors, live music and a dazzling fireworks show to end the night.

Fireworks safety

Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez urges residents to prioritize safety and adhere to fireworks regulations to prevent tragedies during the Fourth of July holiday.

Last year, the South Monterey County community faced a devastating loss when a house fire in Gonzales claimed a life.

“This heartbreaking incident serves as a stark reminder of how important safety is,” according to Lopez in a news release. “Illegal fireworks can have a devastating effect on our communities, and urge everyone not to use them.”

California has a zero-tolerance policy for the sale, transportation and use of illegal fireworks. The use of any fireworks that do not carry the “Safe and Sane” seal is strictly prohibited. 

Illegal fireworks include: sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and any fireworks that explode, ascend into the air or move on the ground uncontrollably.

“These fireworks pose significant risks, including severe injuries, fires and even fatalities,” stated Lopez. “It is illegal to possess or use these fireworks in any community within California, including cities within the County of Monterey.”

Only fireworks that are classified as “Safe and Sane” are permitted. These include fountains, sparklers or other novelties that do not explode or shoot into the air. Residents and visitors are urged to adhere to these regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July.

To reduce the risk of accidents and injuries, Lopez encourages everyone to consider safer alternatives to traditional fireworks, such as attending professional fireworks shows and community events — as mentioned above.

Also, consider using non-explosive, non-aerial fireworks with the “Safe and Sane” seal sold by local nonprofits.

“Although our local law enforcement will be increasing their efforts during this time, everyone in Monterey County has a role to play in ensuring the safety of our community,” Lopez stated. “Residents are encouraged to report any illegal firework activities to local law enforcement. By working together, we can prevent accidents and ensure a safe and celebratory environment for all.”

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