Party in the USA

It’s July Fourth.

Which means it's time to make like a pretwerking Miley Cyrus and party like a rock star in the United States of America—Sacramento, to be specific. SN&R presents a Fourth of July guide to help you plan an insane evening or two full of all-American entertainment—i.e., watch some explosions, stuff your face with beer and barbecue, and then try to work off all the extra calories you consumed.

Watch explosions

July 4th Pyrospectacular

The city and the county of Sacramento team up with Cal Expo to run a huge firework display on Thursday, July 4. Head to Cal Expo's Miller Lite Grandstand for front-row seats (parking is $10), or find a spot on the levee near the B Street Skate Park (20 28th Street) if you want to hang out with a bunch of Midtown residents. It's free to see the fireworks, although there is limited assigned seating at Cal Expo (1600 Exposition Boulevard) available for $10. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

Folsom Pro Rodeo

If you're a fan of roping, riding and rockin' country music, the Folsom Pro Rodeo is a must-see. In addition to nightly fireworks in the arena, there's freestyle motocross riding, rodeo clowns, patriotic dance performances, food and live music. The event happens from 6 p.m. to midnight, July 4 to July 6, at the Dan Russell Rodeo Arena, 50 Natoma Street in Folsom. Tickets cost $15 to $37 per person. Call (916) 985-5555 or visit for more details.

Stuff your face

Family-style barbecue

Finally, here's a way to afford a meal at Enotria Restaurant Wine Bar: Executive chef Pajo Bruich and pastry chef Edward Martinez are throwing a Fourth of July feast. The menu includes all-American favorites, such as beef brisket, ribs, baked beans and peach cobbler. The meal costs $39—which is a pretty damn good deal for Enotria—and reservations are required by calling (916) 922-6792. It happens on Saturday, July 6, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Find out more at

Fourth on the Field

Raley Field will host its first ever July Fourth celebration on Thursday, featuring fireworks, food trucks, live music and games. Basically, it's set up like Brewfest, with food trucks dotting the outfield and plenty of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drink options. It happens from 6 to 10 p.m. and costs $8 for adults, $5 for children. Raley Field is located at 400 Ballpark Drive in West Sacramento. Head to for more information.

Burn calories

4th of July 5-miler

Front-load your calorie burning by speeding up your metabolism on the morning of the Fourth of July. Take part in The Buffalo Chips Running Club's 37th annual 4th of July 5-miler. In Sacramento's “oldest running event”—according to the Buffalo Chips website—runners can choose to run or walk 5 miles. A half-mile race for kids 10 years old and younger begins at 7:45 a.m. and the main event begins at 8 a.m. The starting line is at Glenn Hall Park (5415 Sandburg Drive). Find out more at

Folsom Firecracker

For a slightly more challenging race, head to the Folsom Firecracker run on Thursday, July 4. Pick between a 5-kilometer or 10K and run (or walk) through paved streets and up a few dirt few hills along Lake Natoma. The run starts at 8 a.m. at the Lake Natoma Trail entrance (145 Parkshore Drive in Folsom). Same-day registration begins at 7 a.m. and costs $25. Funds raised will go to several local and one international organization. Visit for more information.