River Park 4th of July Parades and Festival

River Park 4th of July Festival 2023

Parades & Festival Info:

The River Park Neighborhood Association (RPNA) is pleased to host its Annual 4th of July Parades and Festival. This Festival is a River Park tradition, and if you are new to the neighborhood, it is a great way to meet your neighbors and see why living in River Park can’t be beat. There will be live music, food trucks, carnival games/contests, balloon artists, face painters, caricaturists, an imagination station, and more. There will be events for adults and kids of all ages. Something for everyone!

This event could not happen without the support of Mayor Darrell Steinberg’s office, whose staff and funding help make this wonderful family event possible.  Thank you, Mayor Steinberg!

Street Closures:  Several streets in RP will be briefly closed during the Classic Car Parade and the Firecracker Parade. See parade routes map below.

Classic Car Parade (8:30 am cars lineup at Ciavarella Field and will be leaving at 9:00 am):  The cars will be driving down Moddison, crossing Carlson, left on Sandburg, left on Monalee, right on Minerva, right on Callister, left on Carlson, and ending at Glenn Hall Park.  The cars are expected to begin passing the corner of Callister and Carlson by 9:30 am.

Firecracker Parade (10 am):  Kids of all ages, bring your decorated bikes, scooters and wagons and parade down Carlson Drive to Glenn Hall Park with your friends and family! This parade starts at Caleb Greenwood Elementary School. Parade participants are to be at the corner of Camellia Ave. and Carlson Dr. by 9:45 am.

Food Trucks (Open from 9:30 am until 1:00 pm): Several food trucks, including Meltdown Ice Cream Truck, will be at the park starting at 9:30 am.  

Entertainment (10:15 am – 12:45 pm):  Music by Cold Steel Rail, Sacramento’s premiere Pink Floyd tribute band, which also plays rock classics.

Festival (immediately following Firecracker Parade):  After the parade, join us for the festival at Glenn Hall Park! All bikes, wagons and scooters participating in the Decorated Bike Contest need to be parked in Tennis Court #1. All other unattended bikes, wagons and scooters must be parked in Tennis Court #2. The only ADA access will be at the edge of the park near the Redwood Grove. The schedule is as follows:

Prices:  For a $5 cash fee, children young and old will enjoy favorite kids’ games and contests at the Carnival. The Cupcake Eating Contests will have an additional $5 cash fee per participant.

Chalk Art: Join the River Park Neighborhood Association Chalk Art Gallery! Make art with your friends, family or by yourself! Show your community just how creative you are while having fun!

  • FREE chalk will be available Friday 6/30 through Tuesday 7/4 at Caleb Greenwood (on the bench near the cross walk), Glenn Hall Park (in the children’s playground) and Ciavarella Field (by the sign) during the day, as well as at the Carnival ticket sales booth during the 4th of July Festival at Glenn Hall Park. Pick a location near your house, at the children’s playground at the park, or wherever you find your perfect spot, and make your design!
  • Email a photo of your finished product to the RPNA at sacramentorpna@gmail.com by 7/5 to be included in the RP Electronic Chalk Art gallery posted to the RPNA website, social media, and distributed through the RPNA e-mail list. Please include the name you want attributed to the art.

RPNA Membership:  If you are interested in becoming an RPNA member or want to check the status of your membership, please stop by the RPNA booth during the festival!  There will be RP items sold at the booth also.

Buffalo Chip Runs:  The Buffalo Chips Running Club is operating its runs the same morning in the neighborhood. At 8:00 am, their 5-miler begins. At 9:40 am, their Kids’ 1/4-miler begins. For more information go to: https://www.buffalochips.com 

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