Hundreds of area residents went to the Sacramento River to watch the annual fireworks display in 2013. This fireworks show has since been moved to the Fairgrounds. 

To celebrate the 243 anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Fourth of July celebrations across the county will take place tomorrow. Here is a look at the festivities:


Grand Island Fourth of July Breakfast

The Sacramento River Fire Protection District Grand Island Station will host a Fourth of July Breakfast at the firehouse, located at 359 Main St. in Grimes. 

“It will be a full service breakfast, served buffet style,” said Grand Island Fire Captain Lance Swift.

Swift said the breakfast will include just about anything you could want including eggs and bacon, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, fruit, a breakfast burrito station and much more.

The district’s nine firefighters will be on hand to serve up the breakfast feast, with help from their colleagues at the Sacramento River Fire Protection District Colusa Station. 

Each Fourth of July, the Grand Island Station alternates between a breakfast and a Grimes Day Parade. This tradition has been going on for over 20 years, Swift said. 

The free breakfast will be served from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. and donations in any amount will be accepted. All proceeds from the meal will go towards the District’s scholarship fund.

“You definitely won’t walk away with an empty stomach,” Swift said. 

For more information, contact the  Sacramento River Fire Protection District Grand Island Station at 437-2502.


The Jim Davison Memorial Rubber Duckie Race

The Colusa Lion’s club will host the second annual Jim Davison Memorial Rubber Duckie Race beginning at 2 p.m. 

The Colusa Lion’s Club has been hosting this event for over 15 years, said event coordinator Jim Pingrey, but renamed it last year to honor the events co-founder, Jim Davison, who passed away in 2017. 

Pingrey said 1,500 rubber ducks will be dropped into the Sacramento River right as the clock strikes 2 p.m.

“We have a count down and drop them in the river right at two,” Pingrey said. “It’s like our ball drop.” 

The traditional duck cast will commence at the rivers straight away, just east of the boat launch, and end as soon as the ducks reach the River Road Bridge. 

One thousand dollars in cash prizes will be given away to the winners; $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 dollars for third place and winners do not need to be present to collect their prize. 

Rubber Duckie Race tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Messick Ace Hardware, 729 Market St. in Colusa, or from any Lion’s Club member. 

All proceeds will go towards sending students at Egling Middle School to Shady Creek. 


Fireworks Show 

The Colusa County Forth of July Fireworks Show returns to the fairgrounds again this year.  

The Independence Day tradition, which was originally held on the riverfront, has been held in Colusa for the last three years. 

“The Fourth of July Fireworks show is put on specifically to bring the community together,” said Araceli Plaza, office assistance at the Colusa County Fairgrounds. “We welcome everyone to celebrate with us.”

Fairground gates will open at 6 p.m., with an obstacle course and mechanical bull, provided by Paco’s Jump, to enjoy before the sun goes down. Lots of yummy treats will also be available including Mangonada, corn on the cob and shaved ice, provided by La Pinita Loca. 

Each year, the fireworks show is funded solely by private community donations and the dedicated work of the Colusa Fireworks Committee, said Colusa Mayor Greg Ponciano. 

The Colusa County Veterans Foreign Wars Post 2441 will perform the Flag Salute at 8 p.m., just before the fireworks spectacular begins.

While there is no scheduled start time for the fireworks display, organizers said the show will start at dark and spectators can watch the sky light up from the grandstands. 

This year’s display will be conducted by Pyro Spectacular. 

Admission and parking for this event are free to the public. 

Sponsors for this years firework show include Green Leaf, Morning Star Trucking, Colusa Rotary Club and Recology Inc.

For more information, contact the Colusa County Fairgrounds at 458-2641. 

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