Two events fire up the Fourth of July

Summer Spectacular and the Fireworks Jubilee highlight holiday weekend
By: Penne Usher Telegraph Correspondent
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Double your Fourth of July fun this year by taking part in two local celebrations held back to back. The 12th annual Summer Spectacular at Cameron Park Lake in Cameron Park is an all-day event July 2. The following day is the El Dorado Hills Fireworks Jubilee held at Town Center beginning at 4 p.m. Both offer fun for the entire family, games, food and of course, fireworks. For 11 years the Cameron Park Community Services District has hosted the Spectacular. Last year an estimated 10,000 attended the event. Tina Helm, recreation supervisor with the Cameron Park Community Service District, said the day-long event will be bigger and better this year. “This year we have a kids’ zone with fun rides and games, which is something we haven’t had in the past,” Helm said. Live music is on the entertainment list as well featuring Late for Dinner and Stealin’ Dan. Helm said there will be various contests throughout the day including a watermelon and hot dog eating contest and a bucket brigade contest where contestants must empty one tub of water into another using only a bucket. There will be food vendors, arts and crafts booths and a “wonderful” fireworks show over Cameron Park Lake, Helm said. This is also Cameron Park’s 50th anniversary and Helm said in honor of the golden occasion the fireworks display will be even more “spectacular.” If one day of celebratory festivities isn’t enough, plan to take part in the El Dorado Hills Fireworks Jubilee beginning at 4 p.m. July 3 at Town Center. “This is an awesome community event where we celebrate the holiday,” said Jaime McDaniels, senior marketing director for Town Center. Highlights of the evening include live entertainment on three stages and of course, the free fireworks show. “This is an up-close and personal fireworks show,” McDaniels said. “We have barges on the lakes where we shoot the fireworks from. People can site pretty close.” To keep the young ones entertained, there will be seven bounce houses, face painting and food vendors. There is a “badge-to-badge chili cook-off” which pits the El Dorado Hills Fire Department, El Dorado County Sheriff’s office, Folsom Police Department and local CHP office against one another for culinary honors. “We are expecting a big crowd this year now that we aren’t holding it on the same day as Cameron Park,” McDaniels said. Fireworks display begins at dark. Organizers recommend those who want a good view to arrive at Town Center early to claim a spot.