MENDOCINO CO., 7/01/17 — It’s 4th of July weekend, and if you’re not already booked up with BBQs and beach trips, there’s plenty happening around the county to keep entertained. We’ve put together a list of fireworks and other fun activities happening for you to check out — let us know if we’ve missed anything! Here’s additional events in Lake County from our friends at the Lake County News.
As you’re enjoying the holiday, the California Highway Patrol will be implementing a “Maximum Enforcement Period,” from June 30 through July 4, which means there will be more officers on the road enforcing highway safety and seatbelt laws. A CHP press release about the added enforcement reminds drivers that due to impaired drivers and increased traffic, holiday weekends such as these often result in higher fatalities and arrests. They ask you to buckle up, drive with caution, and pick a designated driver to make sure you get home safe.
Saturday, July 1:
- World’s Largest Salmon BBQ, organized by the Salmon Restoration Federation at Noyo Harbor. Enjoy salmon, local musicians, and more from 11am – 6pm. Admission is free, tickets at $30 at the door, $10 for kids 12 years old and younger.
- City of Fort Bragg fireworks display – starts at sunset, approx. 8 – 9pm, in downtown Fort Bragg. Admission is free but you can donate to the fireworks fundraiser towards the costs of the show. Here’s a map of where you can see the fireworks, and where parking is available.
- Point Arena Fireworks Festival at Point Arena Pier, 4 – 11pm. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for children 12 – 17 and kids 12 and under free. $20 for a family of four. Fireworks begin at dark, live music at the Arena Theater from 10pm – 2am, $15 admission.
- Frontier Days events in Willits – Sweetheart crowning.
- Racing and Fireworks at the Lakeport Speedway, doors at 3:30 and racing starting at 5pm. Admission: $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, $8 for kids ages 6 – 11.
Sunday, July 2:
- Point Arena Independance Day Parade and Bower Park Picnic. Parade begins at 12pm and travels along Main Street/Highway 1. Picnic at Bower Park on Old Stage Road goes from 2 – 6pm and features BBQ and live music. All proceeds benefit Point Arena schools.
- Frontier Days events in Willits, including Lions Cowboy Breakfast and Junior Rodeo.
- Noyo Beach Clean-up (after salmon fest and fireworks display), dog beach at Noyo, 12 – 4pm.
- Racing and Fireworks at the Ukiah Speedway, doors at 3:30 and racing starting at 5pm. Admission: $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, $8 for kids ages 6 – 11.
Monday, July 3:
- Frontier Days events in Willits, including rodeo events, street dance, and carnival.
- Maxine Sherman Memorial Fireworks Show, starts at sunset at Clearlake Oaks Beach, Clearlake Oaks.
Tuesday, July 4:
- Willits Frontier Days “Willits Western” Parade and celebration – parade starts at 11am on Main Street, followed by a 12pm BBQ in Recreation Grove park, rodeo events, country music, and much more.
- $1 admission all day at the Mendocino County Museum, check out the current exhibits from 12 – 4:30pm at 400 East Commercial Street in Willits.
- 4th of July Parade and Fireworks in Lakeport, 11am – 9pm in Library Park. “Safe and Strong” fireworks can be discharged at specific times and specific locations, see here for more info.
- Mendocino’s 4th of July Parade. 12 – 1 pm, Starts near Crown Hall on Ukiah St. and continues down Main St. and up Lansing St. Mendocino.
- All-American Picnic in the Park, 10 am – 2 pm at Todd Grove Park in Ukiah. Free admission and free BBQ from the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority while food lasts, along with “arts and crafts, organized games, live art zone, a self-propelled smoothie bike and free admission to the municipal pool!”
- Sanel Valley Music Festival from 6 – 12pm at the Solar Living Center in Hopland, $15 admission. Live music starts at 6pm from Weird Year, Pick n Pull, McKenna Faith, Steve & Shug, and djs; plus food vendors, a 215 area from Emerald Pharms, and more. A “portion of proceeds will go to support the music and culinary departments at Mendocino Commuity College.”
- Boonville Old Fashioned Fourth of July, 12 – 4pm, at the Mendocino County fairgrounds in Boonville. Parade starts at 12pm, $5 admission and free for kids 14 and under. Also features a chili Cook-Off, music, relay events and more.
More regional events, such as those in Sonoma County, can be found here.