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July 4 is the day when Rancho Murieta's population swells, with friends and family enjoying holiday events that start early and end late.  You can enjoy pancakes, a parade, a fun run, a carnival, dancing and fireworks.  Here's your July 4 schedule and everything you need to know to make your holiday safe and trouble-free (and good for your pets too).

Getting in

July 4 events are open only to Rancho Murieta Association members and their guests. All guests must have a visitor pass or be on a resident’s guest list. Providing guests on your list with a pass will simplify their entry on this busy day. Pick up passes from the RMA before the holiday and get them to your visitors. Five free passes are available per lot, then there’s a charge of $5 per pass.

Getting out

After the fireworks, traffic controls will be in place to route people who are leaving the community up Murieta Parkway to make a left at the first Guadalupe Drive. Traffic will exit onto Stonehouse Road from Escuela Drive.

Fireworks safety

Legal fireworks have the state fire marshal SAFE & SANE seal on the package and will be sold at legitimate fireworks booths. If it leaves the ground, sends sparks higher than 12 feet, or explodes, it is NOT legal. The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District offers the following guidelines for using legal fireworks:

  • It is illegal for anyone under age 18 to use fireworks. Do not allow children to light them.
  • Do not light fireworks in the following areas:

o       Near dry grass
o       Near flammable materials
o       Under a tree or bushes
o       Under a canopy, covered balcony, or covered patio

  • Dispose of used fireworks in a bucket of water
  • Have a garden hose ready, in case of fire.
  • Never attempt to relight or "fix" fireworks.

Pet safety

Don’t use fireworks around pets and make sure they are safe from noise in a quiet and escape-proof area at home when you head out for the fireworks display. Tips from the ASPCA for a safe holiday for your pets are available here.

July 4 schedule

Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast
7-9:30 a.m. at North Gazebo
Scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee
Purchase tickets in advance at RM Business Center and the Local Bean
Tickets: $5 for adults.  Under 12 are free.

Annual Fun Run
Adults: 5K run 7:30 a.m., North Gazebo

Children: 8:15 a.m., North Gazebo
Sponsored by Murieta Health Club and Erin Howard.  No prior sign-up is required.

Parade on Murieta Parkway
Line up from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. at De La Cruz Drive.  Parade starts at 10.
Sponsored by Rancho Murieta Association.

Carnival at Lake Clementia
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Games and activities -- $5 wristband.  Free hot dogs for kids.  Food items for sale.
Sponsored by the Rancho Murieta Optimists.

Music at the North Gazebo
7-9 p.m.
Sponsored by the Rancho Murieta Optimists.

Fireworks at Laguna Joaquin
9:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Rancho Murieta Association.

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