The Tracy Independence Day celebration begins early with a 6 a.m. hot-air balloon launch from the park, on East Eaton Avenue between East Street and Holly Drive. Balloons will lift off from the center of the park unless high winds ground the liftoff. The Tracy Breakfast Lions Club will serve a pancake breakfast to early risers.
The celebration heads to Central Avenue and Holly Drive for the annual Fourth of July parade starting at 10 a.m. The route begins downtown at the Downtown Plaza at Central Avenue and Sixth Street and ends at Lincoln Park. Parade floats and other entries will go north on Central, which becomes Holly Drive when it crosses 11th Street.
Festivities at the park continue with opening ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. officiated by Mayor Brent Ives.
A carnival with games and rides for children will join a variety of food vendors in the park. All will be open until 8 p.m.
Musical performances by Blue-A-Fuse, 3 to 5 p.m., and Fast Times, 6 to 8 p.m., will take place on the main stage.
Fireworks can be viewed from the park or from the bleachers at Wayne Schneider Stadium at Tracy High, 315 E. 11th St. The gates to the stadium will open at 8 p.m., with the show scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. Visitors will not be allowed on the football field or the track. Stadium tickets are $4 for general admission and $2 for children 12 and younger or senior citizens 65 and older.
Admission to all events in Lincoln Park is free.
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