4th of July in El Dorado County 2013

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Happy Independence Day

There’s something sweetly nostalgic about the 4th of July celebrations here in El Dorado County. The fusion of children’s red cheeks post-watermelon eating contest, a small town parade with good ole’ western horseback riders trotting down Pony Express Trail, baking contests and the “ooooh”‘s and “aaahhhh”‘s at the county fair grounds fireworks display all seems to reinforce patriotic strength in our hearts like nothing else.

To enjoy these events as a local, or if you’re just looking to buy or sell a home within El Dorado County, please browse my website or call me, John Conca, at 530-295-2901, and I’d be happy to discuss your options with you.

Yesterday I put up an Independence Day poll to see which traditions my blog readers enjoy. I’ll leave it up through Independence Day and post the final results then.

4th of July Celebration Poll Results Preview

How Do You Celebrate Independence Day?

  • I head out to a community celebration with a large fireworks display  50%  
  • I set off fireworks in the street  20%  
  • I attend a street party  20%  
  • I watch celebrations on tv  10%  
  • I don’t usually do anything special  0%  
  • Other (please explain in the comments)  0%  


If you are new to the area or just want to learn what all of your options are for this 4th of July, you’ll be happy to know that there is something fun to do no matter where in the county you reside. But be advised: personal fireworks are illegal in El Dorado County because of the danger of wildfires. Not to worry, there are plenty of other options for this Independence Day. You can even celebrate for multiple days!

El Dorado County 4th Of July Events

July 3rd

The Fireworks Jubilee in El Dorado Hills Town Center

This is a very popular event with plenty to entertain everyone.

Click the image to see the printable and zoom-able image.

July 4th

The Independence Day Festival

Held in Pollock Pines on Pony Express Trail, this 4th of July event is a personal favorite. From the pancake breakfast (from 7:30-10:30am at Pollock Pines Fire House 17) to the county fair at the community church (the epic bounce house and water fun makes this a favorite for my kids, there’s also bluegrass music, tri-tip bbq, preserves contest and a lot more), and of course the parade (Sly Park to Sanders Drive Noon-1:30), this event is the 4th of July celebration for me. Click through to see details and everything else Pollock Pines Independence Day Festival has to offer.

El Dorado County Annual Blast

This is the main 4th of July event in and around Placerville. Gates open at 4pm. There’s live music, a hay maze, plenty of games and some rides, food, contests and crafts and the always-impressive fireworks display begins after dark. Here’s more information about the El Dorado County Annual Blast including entrance fees and parking.

Lights on Tahoe South Fireworks

Whether or not you live around Tahoe, Lights on Tahoe South fireworks display is sure to amaze. Escape the heat and watch the show which is set to begin at 9:45 pm and is visible from practically anywhere in the town. Click the link to read about the many “sweet spots” to park yourself and enjoy the show.

I hope these suggestions help you enjoy 4th of July in El Dorado County, whether you’re starting a new tradition or just adding to an old one.

Celebrating with you the spirit of our great country, have a fun and safe Independence Day,

John Conca


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