Celebrate the 4th of July in Redlands with a bang

Redlands pulls out all the stops when it comes to the 4th of July.

Now in its 51st year, the Redlands 4th of July Celebration kicks off at 9 a.m. in Sylvan Park. Free and open to everyone, the park will be filled with food vendors, face painters, jumpers and slides, a beer garden, and activities for kids. At 10:30 a.m., the parade — with the theme “Childhood Memories” — will start at Franklin Elementary School and wind its way to Sylvan Park. The parade will feature bands, floats, antique cars, and cheerleaders. 

In the evening, the party moves to the University of Redlands’ Ted Runner Stadium. Gates open at 6 p.m., with the fireworks show’s opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. After a flag ceremony, there will be a flyover by T-34s and skydivers, then performances by the Redlands 4th of July Band and Sweet Mischief. At 9 p.m., the sky will light up with a dazzling fireworks show produced by Pyro Spectaculars.

No alcohol, glass, large coolers, or wagons are allowed in Ted Runner Stadium. Food, chairs, and blankets are permitted, as are strollers that can be folded. Security will be checking bags.

Fireworks show general admission tickets ($10) are available before the 4th of July at the Redlands City Clerk’s Office, Muffin Top Bakery, and Gerrard’s Market. Reserved seats ($15) and t-shirts ($12) will be sold at the City Clerk’s Office through July 3 and at the Sylvan Park Committee Booth on the 4th. Tickets will be available at the gate for $12. Children 3 and under are free.

Sylvan Park is at 601 N. University St., and Ted Runner Stadium is just a short walk away at 1200 E. Colton Ave. — Catherine

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