Fun-filled events planned for holiday |

Fun-filled events planned for holiday

The Fourth of July parade takes place in Grass Valley this year, beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The mile-long parade begins at East Main and Auburn streets, moves up Main Street, down Mill Street, across Neal Street and down Church Street to Chapel Street.

Parade attendees are advised to bring lawn chairs and arrive by 10:30 a.m. or so to find a good vantage point.

One hundred entries – which include marching bands, antique vehicles, fire engines, floats, equestrians, performers, clowns, politicians and local celebrities – will delight several thousand spectators.

Longtime flower shop owner Marie Johnson, known in Grass Valley as “The Flower Lady,” is being honored as grand marshal of the 2007 Fourth of July Parade.

Following the parade, the fun moves to the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 3 p.m. and entertainment begins at 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and free for youths 12 and under.

All parking, including disabled parking, is at the fairgrounds gate 4 and costs $3.

Activities include live music and entertainment, children’s activities, a craft show and food and refreshments. The aerial fireworks spectacular blasts off at 9:30 p.m.

No alcohol, glass, pets, barbecues or personal fireworks may be brought onto the fairgrounds, and shirts are required.

Call the Grass Valley/Nevada County Chamber of Commerce at (530) 273-4667 or the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at (530) 265-2692 for more information.

Schedule of events

Fourth of July Entertainment, Nevada County Fairgrounds

Pine Tree Stage

4 p.m. Ophir Prison Marching Band

5:15 Parade Awards

5:30 Tommyknocker Cloggers

6:15 Mad Dash

7:45 Blue Suede (Elvis Ð Roy Orbison Tribute)

9:30 Fireworks

After Fireworks Entertainment

Pine Tree Stage: Blue Suede

On the Green/dance pad: Gold Country Line Dance

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