Children will enjoy additional entertainment at the 24th Annual Fantastic Fourth on Friday, July 4 as people flock to the California State University, Stanislaus campus for the traditional fireworks and concert. A Kids’ Fair featuring four bounce houses and a food booth will run from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Arts Quad area next to the Amphitheatre prior to the start of the fireworks show at dusk.
Seating in the University Amphitheatre, where people converge to enjoy picnic dinners and their favorite snacks and drinks prior to the concluding fireworks show, is first-come, first-serve. Admission and parking on the campus are free on July Fourth, but those attending are asked to make a suggested $5 donation to help offset the cost of the program and keep the fireworks show tradition continuing in the future.
The Stanislaus Pops Band, under the direction of conductor and CSU Stanislaus Music Professor Stuart Sims, will start the musical entertainment in the University Amphitheatre after the 7:30 p.m. introduction program. Music will continue through the fireworks spectacular put on by Pyro Spectaculars of Rialto which has conducted pyrotechnic shows all over the world.
Lead sponsors for this year’s program are County Bank, Holiday Inn Express of Turlock, The Modesto Bee, Monte Vista Crossings, Turlock Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Wilkey Sheet Metal of Turlock.