Time to celebrate America
A parade, live music, chili cook-off, kids’ bounce houses and, of course, spectacular fireworks — the fourth annual Fireworks Jubilee at Town Center promises to have something fun for everyone. Enjoy it all from 6 to 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, at El Dorado Hills Town Center.
El Dorado Hills Fire Department 50th Anniversary Parade
To begin the evening’s festivities, the El Dorado Hills Fire Department will hold a 50th Anniversary Parade on Town Center Boulevard, featuring fire engines, classic cars, dignitaries, community organizations and more. This is the first time the jubilee has included a parade and should be a great time for participants and spectators alike.
Badge-to-Badge Chili Cook-off
Following the parade, the Badge-to-Badge Chili Cook-off will commence. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., great cooks with the El Dorado Hills Fire Department, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol and Cal Fire will serve up their best chili at booths set up along Town Center Boulevard. For $10, community members can purchase tickets to taste and vote for their favorite chili. Awards for the best chili will be given at 9 p.m., with all of the proceeds going to a nonprofit charity of the winning department’s choice.
What would a 4th of July celebration be without kids? This year, Hands4Hope — Youth Making a Difference will run the kids area located in the parking lot between Target and Town Center Bike and Tri. The space will include several bounce houses and face painting tables as well as Radio Disney’s Rockin’ Road Show, which will jam from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Hands4Hope is also excited to present the Fintastic Mobile Unit from Monterey Bay Aquarium where kids can learn about and experience life under the sea.
Hungry? In addition to the chili cook-off booths, jubilee guests will enjoy food from Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Ruffhaus Hot Dogs, Early Toast and Selland’s Market Café set up along Town Center Boulevard. Additionally, Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. will sell wine and beer while community organizations such as Boy Scouts and the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills will run information booths and hand out bottled water and glow sticks for kids. There will also be a first aid and lost and found booth run by Marshall Medical. Hands4Hope will collect items for U.S. soldiers stationed abroad.
This year, the Fireworks Jubilee includes live music on three stages. From 6:30 to 9 p.m., Hired Guns will perform country western music on Town Center Boulevard near the Badge-to-Badge Chili Cook-Off. In the upper theater plaza near the movie theater, Island of Black and White will perform a blend of reggae, rock and folk from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. And last but certainly not least, on the main stage at the Stephen Young Amphitheater near Bistro 33, the Spazmatics, the “ultimate new wave 80s band,” will crank out the hits from 8 to 11:30 p.m.
Great food and music aside, the best part of every 4th of July celebration is, of course, the fireworks! Starting at 9:30 p.m., the Spazmatics will step aside on the main stage to allow Christina and Michelle Mansour, granddaughters of El Dorado Hills Town Center founder Tony Mansour, to sing the national anthem and kick off the fireworks jubilee. The fireworks show is scheduled to last for about 15 minutes.
Due to limited parking availability, additional parking will be available at Lakehills Church by the theater and in the Blue Shield parking lot across Latrobe Road. For security purposes, no unattended set-up will be allowed before the show. In addition, a strict exit plan will be in place this year. For more information on how the exit plan will work, visit eldoradohillstowncenter.com or stop by any of the information booths at the jubilee.