The summer has sweltered and now relaxes a little, just in time for the hot times at area Fourth of July events.

Begin the weekend Saturday with the Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Mi Wuk/Sugar Pine Fire Department, Highway 108, Sugar Pine. Mi Wuk/Sugar Pine Fire Protection District personnel serve scrambled eggs, sausage, all-you-can-eat pancakes, coffee, tea, milk, juice and hot chocolate to support the district. Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for ages 10 and under at the door. Call Ellen at 586-3293 for more.

Or, stop by the Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Ebbetts Pass Gas parking lot, 992 Highway 4, Arnold. The Arnold Lions Club serves ham and eggs cooked to order with all the pancakes you can eat (and all the fixin’s) to support its community projects. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for ages 10 and under at the event. Call Robert Cunningham at 795-0323 with questions.

Arnold Independence Day Parade

An Independence Day Parade marches along Highway 4 in Arnold at 10 a.m. Saturday. The California Highway Patrol closes the highway at 9:30 a.m., so be sure to roll into town early enough to get your seat to watch the show. It’s free to view the parade.

An Independence Day Celebration begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ironstone Vineyards, 1894 Six Mile Road, outside Murphys. The winery presents Risky Biscuits, the Janktones and Jill and the Giants performing live music with a bounce house, climbing wall, fire jugglers and face painting ready to entertain all ages. Fireworks explode over the amphitheater at dusk. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for ages 6 to 12 and free for 5 and under at the gate (no outside food or beverages are allowed, but blankets and low-backed chairs are OK). Call 728-1251 for more.

Aaron Caplan and Peter Jensen perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at the National Hotel, 2 Water St., Jackson. The Boston area guitarists perform and eclectic show. Tickets are $20 each at the door (very limited space). Call 256-9906.

Poor Mans Whisky

Poor Man’s Whisky performs at 7 p.m. Sunday at Brice Station Vineyards, 3353 E. Highway 4, east of Murphys. The band plays bluegrass, old-time, Southern rock and more. Tickets are $20 at

Fireworks on the Water explode at 9:30 p.m. Sunday at Don Pedro Reservoir, off Bonds Flat or Old Don Pedro roads in Tuolumne County. The fireworks are shot off over the lake, and arrival before 8 p.m. is strongly advised so that you have time to find your space. Admission is $20 per vehicle. Check or call 852-2396.

Calaveras Community band

An Independence Day Concert is performed at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Murphys Community Park on Algiers Street in Murphys. The Calaveras Community Band performs a concert of patriotic songs, marches, swings and pop songs under the direction of Mic Harper. It’s free, but bring your own picnic dinner. Call 770-1258 or 728-9057.

Moke Hill Fourth

The Moke Hill Fourth begins with a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Mokelumne Hill Town Hall on Main Street in Mokelumne Hill. After you’re fueled up, settle in to watch the parade down Main Street at 11 a.m., followed by family-friendly games played in Shutter Tree Park, with vendor booths, ice cream, snow cones and more excitement. It’s all free. For parade entry information, call Terry Weatherby at 286-1241.

July 4 in Twain Harte begins with patriotic songs sung at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, followed by a parade at 11 a.m. in downtown Twain Harte. The Twain Harte Area Chamber of Commerce presents a patriotic day with a bounce house on Cedar Road and the Twain Harte Rotary Club has a barbecue booth. The fun is free to enjoy. For parade entry, call 586-4482.

Columbia's Glorious Fourth

Columbia’s Glorious Fourth of July fetes America’s birthday with a Great Mother Lode Brass and Reed Band concert at 11 a.m., a thoroughly red, white and blue parade at 12 p.m. and a barbecue lunch at 1 p.m. at Columbia State Historic Park, off Parrotts Ferry Road in Columbia. The Columbia Chamber of Commerce presents the parade and barbecue ($10 for adults and $6 for ages 9 and under) with a flag raising and black powder musket salute at 11 a.m. and contests like a bucket brigade, egg toss, greased pole climb and nail pounding, with a watermelon eating contest, cake walk and five-way tug-of-war ($1 donation per game). The festivities are free to attend. Check out for more or call 536-1672.

A Fourth of July Concert is performed at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Turner Park on Treat Avenue in San Andreas. The Calaveras Community Band performs patriotic songs, marches and much more under the baton of Mic Harper with a barbecue from 5 to 6 p.m. with ribs, chicken and all the fixin’s to support the band (tickets are $16 each at the event). The show is free. Call 770-1258 or 728-9057 for more.

There are a lot of festivities to get to, so take your time and designate a driver if you plan to imbibe. Above all, have a bang-up Fourth of July!


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