Fourth of July is right around the corner and the California State University, Stanislaus is preparing for the much anticipated return of the annual fireworks show.
In January, CSU Stanislaus announced that with the help of the Turlock Chamber of Commerce, the annual fireworks celebration would be returning to the Turlock campus.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. July 4 with activities for children and will conclude with the fireworks, which will start after sundown.
This year’s firework show will last for approximately 30 minutes, said CSU Stanislaus Associate Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs Tim Lynch.
Fireworks, which will be launched from lot 11A on the southeast end of campus, will be visible throughout campus, but visitors are encouraged to view them from the large grassy areas west of Fitzpatrick Arena, said Lynch.
Clearly marked walkways on campus will show guests to the best viewing spots.
CSU Stanislaus will also provide handicap access for those who need it. The quad area outside Fitzpatrick Arena will be the best area for those with disabilities to view the fireworks, said Lynch. Signage will also direct drivers where to drop off handicapped guests.
And of course, don’t forget to bring a chair or blanket!
Guests are welcome to bring food and drinks for the event, but this is an alcohol-free event, said Lynch.
Barbecues and fireworks will not be allowed on campus, however, said Lynch.
Parking for the event will be free and uniformed officers will be on-duty guiding drivers where to go. Parking lot 8 — accessed from Geer Road — and the eastern portion of lot 11 — accessed from Monte Vista Avenue — will both be closed due to proximity to the fireworks.
Additionally, street parking along Geer Road, Monte Vista Avenue, and Crowell Road will be prohibited beginning the morning on July 3.
During the event, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Monte Vista Avenue will be closed between Geer and Crowell roads. Parking lot access will be available at Dels Lane, Geer Road, Crowell Road, and Christoffersen Parkway.
When leaving the event, officer’s will give instructions to motorists, as some roads around campus may be one way.
Turlock will also be the home to the annual Fourth of July parade and street faire in the morning. The street faire will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the parade starting at 10 a.m.
TurlockCityNews.com wishes all its readers a safe and fun Fourth of July!