Independence Day your way

It’s no wonder that the Fourth of July is one of our most revered holidays; festivities largely consist of being submerged in water as much as possible, drinking, hot dogs, drinking, hamburgers and then lighting explosives on fire. There’s little-to-no formality, everyone gets all sappy with nostalgia, and it’s pretty low-stress (unless you work in the emergency room). This weekend, the city has a variety of activities to choose from, whether you’re looking for something traditional or less so:

Kick off America’s birthday with an … English sport? Well, sure. On Saturday, July 2, the Old Sacramento Living History Program brings it back to the 1850s with an old-timey picnic followed by a game of croquet at the Fourth of July Picnic and Croquet Game at the Sacramento History Museum (101 I Street) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a free event; find out more at or by calling (916) 808-7059.

Later that night, set the mood with a screening of Top Gun, a movie about Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer and their quest to discover which one of them is the dominant beach-volleyball player. There is also a subplot about becoming Navy pilots. Admission is $8-$10 and the screening starts at 7:30; visit or call (916) 476-3356 for more information.

On Sunday, July 3, Revolution Wines (2831 S Street) will be hosting a Rosé, White and Blue Party during brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. where they will be pairing their long-awaited cinsault rosé with blue foods. Plus, there will be special pricing on bottles of white so you can carry the party straight on into the Fourth. Visit to find out more.

If you’re looking for a more traditional Fourth, there are always the classics: The Folsom Pro Rodeo takes place from Saturday, July 2, through Monday, July 4, and comes with all the trappings: a rodeo, mutton busters, a fair, big hair and big hats, motocross and fireworks. Tickets range from $15.50-$49.50 and events take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night at the Dan Russell Rodeo Arena (403 Stafford Street). Call (916) 985-2698 or go to for more information.

For more city-centric festivities, the fourth annual Fourth on the Field kicks off at 6 p.m. at Raley Field (400 Ballpark Drive in West Sacramento). There will be live music, food trucks and a kids area; bring a blanket for the fireworks and enjoy the best seats in the house. Tickets are $5-$15 and can be purchased at or by calling (916) 376-4676.