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July 4 Offers All-Ages Fun

Jun 24, 2024 03:56PM ● By Angela Underwood

Northern California band Helios will play at the annual Dixon July 4 event, a day filled with food, swimming, pickleball and more. Photo courtesy of the City of Dixon

DIXON, CA (MPG) - The celebration of America’s birthday is one of the country’s greatest traditions.

Big or small, cities throughout the country light fireworks and hold parades and concerts to celebrate hundreds of years of freedom, and Dixon is no different.  

“The Fourth of July Fireworks Show has been a tradition in Dixon for years,” Dixon public information officer Madeline Graf said. “Our Fourth of July event, like all community events in Dixon, provides an opportunity for the community to come together and share in an experience.”

Dixon Hall Park

 Dixon Hall Park is filled with hundreds of residents gathered to celebrate the city's annual 4th of July celebration. Photo courtesy of the City of Dixon

Like many other Fourth of July events, the tradition has grown over time.

“In the past few years, we have added recreation activities, food trucks and a concert in the park,” Graf said.

This year’s activities include pickleball, the popular craze that combines ping-pong, tennis and badminton. From 4 to 8 p.m. at Hall Park, residents in groups from two to four can enjoy the fast-growing sport in a court temporarily set up. There will be three rounds: two open play and instruction and one pickle ball round robin.

For residents who prefer water sports and play, Dixon is also opening the city pool for the event from 4 to 8 p.m.

“Recreational swim offers a place to cool off and have some fun in the sun before the fireworks show begins,” Graf said. 

Like any other Fourth of July celebration, Dixon officials assure residents will have a full stomach before watching the sky light up.

“Food trucks will be open in the aquatic center parking lot at 6 p.m.,” Graf said. “We partner with local food trucks to provide a variety of options to the attendees and promote local businesses.”

As the day winds down, the notable Northern California band Helios will take the stage for a Fourth of July concert at Hall Park. The five-member band specializes in Top 40 music and classic rock from the ’50s through the ’90s.

“We are grateful to the Dixon Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring the band and making this concert possible,” Graf said of the group with more than 75 years of collective music experience.

City officials are already prepping for the party in a few weeks, ensuring that Dixon has one of America’s best small-town birthday celebrations since 1776.

“We look forward to celebrating with the community this Fourth of July,” Graf said. “The celebration in Hall Park provides a safe, family-friendly way for the community to celebrate the holiday together.”

Dixon Hall Park

 The last Dixon July 4 event featured a live orchestra band playing for patrons in Hall Park. Photo courtesy of the City of Dixon