July 04--We know, you're tired. You probably still are groggy after a late night of block parties, barbecues and bombs bursting in air.
Celebrating Independence Day can be as exhausting as it is exhilarating. But the Fourth fell on a Friday this year, which means we're still in the midst of a holiday weekend, people -- don't waste a second of it.
The best way to wake up is to get going. Here are four things you can do in Modesto or the Mother Lode this weekend to keep the party moving.
Extend the celebration:
Sure, the bulk of patriotic pyrotechnics were set off Friday night, but there are a couple of communities with more holiday events in store this weekend.
In Murphys, they held off their Independence Day party until today, so if you missed the bombs bursting in air last night, you can catch them in the Mother Lode after the sun goes down, plus catch a festival while you wait. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., there will family fun with live music, wine, food, bounce houses, climbing walls, jugglers and more at Ironstone Vineyards, 1894 Six Mile Road in Murphys. Music will come from Shane Dwight, Uplands Drive and Jill Warren. Fireworks begin at dark. Adults $10, children 6-12 $5, children 5 and under free. www.ironstonevineyards.com.
Livingston's celebration of all things America continues today and Sunday with a carnival at Memorial Park. Today there also will be a parade of hot rods and classic cars in the city's downtown starting at 9 a.m. and a classic-car show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Fourth of July festival and parade are free. For a complete schedule, see www.livingston4thofjuly.com
See others craft some fun:
The Sierra Nevada Arts & Crafts Festival celebrates its 42nd annual event today and Sunday. Situated among the pines and redwoods of the Mother Lode, the fest features more than 60 booths of fine crafts, art, gourmet foods to sample and live music. Today, it coincides with the Ebbetts Pass Independence Day Parade beginning at 10 a.m., adjacent to the festival. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days on the grounds of Bristols Ranch House Cafe, 961 Highway 4, in downtown Arnold. Admission is free. (925) 372-8961
The State Theatre commemorates the 50th anniversary of the the release of the Beatles' musical masterpiece "A Hard Day's Night" on Sunday. The 1964 black-and-white British comedy features a few days in the lives of the Fab Four and is considered by critics to be one of the best and most influential musical films of all time. The State is throwing a party with live music, a bartender making Beatle-tinis, door prizes, dancing and, of course, a screening of the film. Doors open and dancing starts at 3 p.m.; film at 4 p.m. Admission is $12 at the State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. www.thestate.org
Catch a cineplex flick:
A couple of new releases will give you a chance to relax with a bucket of popcorn in an air-conditioned theater and enjoy the show. One is family friendly, the other decidedly not.
With the kids: "Earth to Echo" promises to be the "E.T." for the current kiddie set. In the film, a group of kids help a cute little alien left behind on Earth and captures all the action "Blair Witch Project"-style on a GoPro Hero cam. The PG-rated film opened Wednesday and continues at pretty much every cineplex in the region.
For adults: Melissa McCarthy is a loud, raunchy misfit in "Tammy," which also opened Wednesday and is playing across the region. Susan Sarandon plays Tammy's adventure-hungry granny, and the two set off for all kinds of inappropriate road-trip fun in this R-rated comedy.
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