Watching fireworks and listening to live music are just some of the ways to spend the holiday weekend. Here are a sampling of events:
• A Pancake Breakfast will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mi-Wuk/Sugar Pine Fire Department on Highway 108 in Sugar Pine. Breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes with scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee, tea, milk, juice and hot chocolate. Cost is $8 per person and $3 for children 10 and younger. All proceeds benefit the Mi-Wuk/Sugar Pine Fire Protection District.
• The 44th annual Sierra Nevada Arts and Crafts Festival will be held over the Independence Day weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday in downtown Arnold. The event features more than 50 vendors in addition to gourmet food sampling and face painting. The Ebbetts Pass Lion’s Club serves an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. both days for $8. There will be live country music by the Stardust Cowboys from Sacramento, and juggler Izzi Tooinsky from Grass Valley will perform both days. The Ebbetts Pass Fire District will serve local beers and hold their annual barbecue with live music on Saturday evening. The festival is held on the grounds of Bristol’s Ranch House Café, 961 Highway 4 in downtown Arnold. Admission and parking are free.
• The annual Ebbetts Pass Independence Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and run adjacent to the Sierra Nevada Arts and Crafts Festival on Highway 4.
• Ironstone Vineyards Fourth of July celebration will be held Saturday. Gates open at 2 p.m. Live music will be provided by Jill and the Giants, Brian Jirka and the Cabby Band and the Risky Biscuits. Fireworks start at dark. Adults are $15, while children ages 6 to 12 years old are $5 and children 5 and younger are free. For more information, contact ironstonevineyards.com or (209) 728-1251.
• Fireworks will be held at Lake McClure on Saturday for the Lights on the Lake event. Designated parking areas for fireworks viewing will open at 5 p.m., while the show will begin at dusk or about 9 p.m. Cost is $20 per vehicle. For more information, contact lakemcclure.com or (209) 354-2954.
• If in search of Live Music this weekend, options include the Sierra Mountain Band playing at Dardanelle Resort, off upper Highway 108, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday through Monday. The Devil Mountain Boys will play from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. Also in Jamestown that night, Crash Landing will perform classic rock from from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Rocca Park.
• Copperopolis Town Square will host Red, White and Blues, an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Produce from the weekly farmers market will be available along with live blues music from The Shakers. Contests for all ages, such as who can carry the most watermelons and eat the most pie, will also be held. For more information, contact copperopolistownsquare.com or (209) 785-9700.
• The public is invited to a Fourth of July Parade and Sing-Along in downtown Twain Harte on Monday. At 10:30 a.m., there will be a patriotic sing-along followed by a parade at 11 a.m. Staging for the parade begins at 10 a.m., and entry is free. The event will also include a water slide, bounce house, watermelon and hotdog eating contests, barbecue, seed spitting contest, and spray-on tattoos and games for kids. For more information, call the Twain Harte Area Chamber of Commerce at (209) 586-4482.
• The Glorious Fourth of July Celebration at Columbia State Historic Park will be held Monday. The event features a parade, band concert, barbecue, and old-fashioned contests. Parade registration begins at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Fallon House, and the parade is at noon. The festivities begin with a flag raising and black powder musket salute by the Columbia Militia at 11 a.m. followed by a concert by the Great Mother Lode Brass and Reed Band. Contests include a greased pole climb, watermelon eating, egg toss, cake walk, and a five-way tug of war. Parade and band concert are free, while there’s a suggested $1 donation to enter contests. A pulled pork barbecue at 4 p.m. costs $10 for adults and $6 for children 10 and younger. For more information, contact visitcolumbiacalifornia.com or (209) 536-1672.
• A Fourth of July Concert and Barbecue will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Turner Park in San Andreas. The Calaveras Community Band will perform a free old-fashioned Fourth of July Concert featuring patriotic favorites, marches, Dixieland and swing tunes. A barbecue dinner will be served from 5 to 6 p.m. Cost is $15 per person, and profits from the dinner are donated to the band for new music. Call Mic Harper at (209) 770-1258 or Carol Betz at (209) 728-9057 for more information.
For additional Independence Day weekend events, see the Your Week Out calendar on pages 12 and 13 of this week's Weekender.