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Sonoma’s Fourth of July celebration is back for 2022

The Sonoma Volunteer Firefighters Association is already planning for this year’s July 4th Celebration.

Barring any future local or state health restrictions, organizers are planning to host the traditional parade, festival, and fireworks show.

This year’s Fourth of July parade theme is “Honoring Frontline Workers,” and will once again wrap around the entire historic Sonoma Plaza, with the route both starting and ending at First Street East and East Spain Street. The judging area will be located in front of Sonoma City Hall and all parade entries will be judged on their adherence to our theme, originality, enthusiasm, and patriotism.

“We are discouraging the use of pop-up tents as they often obstruct the view of other spectators. We would like to remind the folks viewing the parade to be courteous to others around them,” said Joe Keechler, parade organizer.

Once again, the parade will end at the “Splash Zone,” which has been renamed the “Tim Gray Memorial Splash Zone” in honor of its founder, the late Tim Gray. Children and adults who wish to cool off after the parade should make sure to be near the El Dorado Hotel as the last parade float passes in the Splash Zone, but participants should be prepared to get wet.

Beginning May 2, parade applications will be available on the association’s website, sonomavolunteerfirefighters.org. Applications are available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited to 70 entries. The parade entry deadline is June 3 at 5pm.

The parade will start promptly at 10 a.m. Adults of drinking age are welcome to stop by the Sonoma Volunteer Firefighters Association (SVFA) booth for mimosas beginning at 9 a.m.

After the parade the fun is just beginning. The Festival in the Plaza, with an assortment of games, information booths, food, live entertainment, drinks, and fun for the whole family, kicks off at 11 a.m. A full schedule of events and Plaza vendors can be found on the website as the event date approaches.

As the skies turn to dusk, all attention will shift to General Vallejo’s field. The fireworks show will begin once the sky turns completely dark, usually around 9:30 p.m.

The success of this event hinges largely on community support, and the SVFA would like to partner with community supporters to ensure that the largest one-day community event in Sonoma will continue for years to come. It is the goal of the SVFA to showcase Sonoma sponsors and supporters.

Unfortunately, last year’s fireworks show donations didn’t cover the costs of the full show. “This year we are hopeful that more donations from the community will make up this deficit so we can continue to provide this show for years to come,” organizers said. “We want to take this time to thank everyone who has donated in the past and welcome additional donations.”

To make a donation, please visit the website at sonomavolunteerfirefighters.org or mail your donation SVFA, 630 2nd St. W., Sonoma, CA, 95476.

For more information about the festival, point your browser to sonomavolunteerfirefighters.org.

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