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4th of July 2020 in Fresno

Like so many other events and celebrations cancelled this year, 4th of July 2020 in Fresno will look much different with COVID-19.

Public Fireworks Shows

With public health guidelines for social distancing and restrictions on large public gatherings of more than 10 people still in effect, most if not all of the Central Valley’s fireworks shows have been cancelled. (If you know of one still happening, please let us know about it!)

It’s not the same as experiencing the show in person surrounded by hundreds of your friends and neighbors, but here are some televised and streaming options for you to enjoy fireworks displays:

  • A Capitol Fourth — the 40th anniversary of this PBS tradition — 5-6:30pm on PBS. Learn more here.
  • Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Show — 44th annual from New York City — 5-7pm on NBC. Learn more here.

Other Public Celebrations

  • A Tribute to the American Spirit — concert by The U.S. Air Force Band with special guest artists Joshua Bell, Soloman Howard and Larisa Martinez — streamed online 1-2:30pm. Click here to learn more.
  • Bass Lake Fire Show 2020 — The annual Bass Lake Fireworks Show has been cancelled, so the Marina Bar and Grill at Bass Lake is holding a special event featuring live music, food, and fire dancing “luau-type” show by Mana Fire Dancers — 6-10pm. Limited number of tickets available here.

Virtual Races

If running, jogging, or even walking in races is your thing, check out these virtual racing events scheduled for the 4th of July:

  • 2020 Stars & Stripes Virtual Run Walk Challenge — Choose from 13 mile, 50 mile, and 63 mile options. Finisher medals, patches, and shirts are available. Register to participate here.
  • 2020 RunnerMania Virtual Running Festival — July 3-5, 2020 — Choose from 5k, Half Marathon (13.1 miles), and 24-Hour Ultra options. Finisher medals and shirts are available. Register to participate here.

Fun with Family and Friends

Public festivities may be cancelled or moved to a virtual format, but you can still celebrate Independence Day and have fun with your family and friends … keeping it safe by following public health guidelines for social distancing and limiting gatherings to under 10 people.

Parks and campgrounds are open (some with occupancy restrictions to comply with public health guidelines).

Celebrations at private homes, backyards, and neighborhoods should be limited to 10 people or less and/or follow social distancing recommendations.

And while public fireworks displays have been cancelled, it looks like sales of “Safe and Sane” fireworks are moving forward. Stands are set to open for business on June 28. To be considered Safe and Sane, the item must have the State of California Fire Marshal (SFM) seal. Fireworks without this seal are considered illegal.

However you choose to celebrate, make your 4th of July 2020 in Fresno memorable, safe, and fun!

About michele

Michele was born and raised in Fresno, and she has an English degree from Fresno State. She and her husband (also a Fresno native) currently live in Fresno with their three dogs and a cranky 30-year-old cockatiel. She loves gardening, quilting, and wine tasting.