Things I learned while searching for Valley fireworks shows: Fireworks are apparently not limited to the Fourth of July. In fact, you can watch fireworks as early as June 30th this year, and see them every day through the Fourth if you want to. And why wouldn’t you? Fireworks are spectacular! As evidenced by the other thing I learned: Event planners really like to use the word spectacular when naming their fireworks celebrations. Also extravaganza. But seriously, I love celebrating Independence Day, and I love, love, love fireworks! And the good news is, no matter where you are in the Valley, there’s a fireworks display near you! Check out our comprehensive list below, sorted by date.
June 30 & July 1, 2, 3 4
Star Spangled Revue – Wild Water Adventures in Clovis
This 20-minute show at the water park has lasers as well as fireworks, which begin over the lake as soon as it gets dark. Tickets for Wild Water can be purchased here. Prices vary by day and range from $17 to $35. (It’s worth noting for fireworks fanatics that Wild Water has shorter shows every Saturday night through August 20th.)
July 2, 3, 4
Fireworks Extravaganza! – Island Waterpark in Fresno
Fireworks begin at dusk at Island Waterpark. Tickets can be purchased here at range from $22 to $33, with children two and younger getting in free.
Fireworks Festival – Chowchilla Fairgrounds
Fireworks will be presented as part of Chowchilla’s “Sizzlin’ Summer Nights” music series. The event runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Fireworks are free. Information can be found here.
Lights on the Lake – Lake McClure in Merced
Visitors are encouraged to bring folding chairs, food and drinks to enjoy a great show. Vendors will not be provided. Designated parking areas for fireworks viewing will open at 5 p.m. Fireworks will begin around 9 p.m. Visitors can also enjoy the show from their boats. More information is available by calling (209) 354-2954 or visiting the (209) 354-2954 or visiting www.LakeMcClure.com
Fireworks Show – Loanmart Madera Speedway
Enjoy some racing in Madera before a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.! Tickets range from $7 to $15 and kids five and under are free. Information can be found here.
Tommy Post Memorial & Fireworks Display – Merced Speedway
Another pairing of racing and fireworks. This special free program begins at 7 p.m. Get more information here.
Family Fourth of July Fireworks Show – Rodeo Grounds Arena in Firebaugh
This fun-packed event begins at 4 p.m. and includes a Backyard BBQ Throwdown, a Family VS Family Mushball Competition, a DJ, a bounce house, pony rides, bull rides, a patriotic face paint contest, music from the Hard Times Band and a dance performance from Sonora Dinamita. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. and admission is free! Check here for a full schedule of events.
The Festival of the American Spirit Fireworks Show – Kerman High School
This popular, family-oriented event begins at 6 p.m. with kids activities, food, vendors and entertainment. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:20 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children, with kids three and under getting in free. You can pre-purchase tickets at certain locations around town to save a dollar per ticket. A list of participating businesses can be found here. Note: No ice chests will be allowed inside this event.
Independence Celebration – Kingsburg High School Stadium
Billed as an “old-fashioned, All-American patriotic celebration with fireworks, food and plenty of fun,” this event runs from 6 p.m to 10 p.m. The cost is $5 per person, and you can get more information by calling (559) 897-1111 or visiting the City of Kingsburg’s website.
Selma Independence Day Celebration – Selma High School
This event features food, entertainment, kids activities and music from the band Prestige, who will be playing hits from the ’60s and ’70s. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks will start at approximately 9:20 p.m. Parking is $2 and tickets are $5 for ages 12 & up and $2 for ages 5 to 11, with kids 4 & under getting in free.
Fireworks Extravaganza – Tulare County Fairgrounds
Organized by the Tulare Kiwanis Club, this event goes from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be food and entertainment for all ages. Tickets are $5 each, with kids five and under getting in free. Parking is free, with VIP parking available for $5. You can check out the flyer here.
Shaver Lake Fireworks & Boat Parade
I have personally been to this one myself, and it is breathtaking! The boat parade begins at 6 p.m., with fireworks starting at sundown from the center of the lake. Get more information by calling (559) 841-3350, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting their website.
3rd of July Blast! – Miller Brown Park in Woodlake
This event runs from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. You can contact the City of Woodlake for more information by visiting their website here.
July 4 – The Big Day!
Fresno Grizzlies’ July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza – Chukchansi Park in Fresno
There’s a reason this Grizzlies game always sells out every year. It’s one of the most beautiful fireworks displays in the Valley, accompanied by an awesome baseball game. This year, Giants fans can have the pleasure of seeing their Triple-A affiliate (and heated Grizzlies rival), the Sacramento River Cats, play against our boys. The Grizzlies will wear special military-themed uniforms, and there will also be a hot dog eating contest. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. and fireworks will follow the end of the game. Tickets can be purchased here. (Note: The Grizzlies also have fireworks after every Friday home game throughout the season.
Bass Lake Fourth of July Celebrations
There’s a whole day of fun to be found at Bass Lake. First comes the Independence Day Celebration at the Pines Village from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. across from Pines Village Bakery, and from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Bass Lake Watersports. THis free event includes a golf cart decorating contest, games, a t-shirt dyeing contest, crafts, music and dancing. The 4th of July Boat Parade will start at 7 p.m. near Willow Cove. Finally, fireworks will be shot from a barge around 9 p.m Visitors are invited to line the beaches or bring out their boats and make a day of being at the lake for the celebration.
Exeter 4th of July – Lions Stadium in Exeter
Perhaps the earliest celebration on tap is in Exeter, with a Pancake Breakfast beginning at 7 a.m., with pancakes, bacon, coffee, juice and milk for just $5. Tickets can be purchased by calling (559) 799-6156. There is also a 10K/2-mile Prediction Walk/Run, a 1-mile Color Run and a Horseshoe Tournament. You can get information on these events by calling (559) 592-5262. Free fireworks will be presented by the Exeter Lions Club at Lions Stadium at dusk.
Madera 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular – Madera Municipal Golf Course
After a morning golf tournament, the free evening festivities begin at 5 p.m. and include family games, music and food. Fireworks begin at dusk and will run for more than half an hour. Event planners are advising that attendees arrive early because roads and freeway exits will close prior to showtime, and parking is limited. Note: No pets, outside food or drinks will be allowed. More information can be found here.
Fowler’s Fabulous 4th of July – Fowler High School Football Field
Gates open at 5 p.m. for this free celebration, which includes a fun zone for kids, craft & food vendors, music from popular local violinist Patrick Contreras, and of course, fireworks. More information can be found here.
Freedom Fest – Lamonica Stadium at Clovis High School
Take note that one of the most popular fireworks displays in the Valley has moved permanently to Clovis High School after many years at Buchanan High. Gates will open at 4 p.m. for food, drinks, games, activities and live entertainment. The fireworks show, which boasts the honor of being voted “best in the region” for 12 years in a row, will begin at dusk. You can feel free to bring your own pop-up tents, chairs, blankets, ice chests, food and drinks, but pets, alcohol, glass bottles and tobacco are prohibited. General admission is $5, with kids 5 and under getting in free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Valley First Credit Union in Clovis and Fresno. More information can be found here.
Sanger 4th of July Spectacular – Sanger High Practice Fields
Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for food, a kids water zone and live music by the local band Bullseye. There will be a flag retirement ceremony at 8 p.m., with fireworks scheduled to begin at dusk. A $10 parking pass includes 4 tickets, with extra tickets costing $3 each and children 5 & under getting in free. Note: No outside food, drinks or ice chests are allowed. More information can be found here.
So that about covers it, right?! I think there’s a fireworks show for just about everyone! We would love to see you post your Fourth of July photos on the FresYes Facebook Page! Here’s wishing you all a happy and safe holiday!