Easily the area’s largest Independence Day festival, the 29th annual Rancho Cordova Fourth of July Celebration will take place along the beautiful American River (how fitting!) at Hagan Park on Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 4. Nearly 20,000 people are expected to attend for two nights of fireworks, a parade, live music from Starship featuring Mickey Thomas (playing classics like “We Built This City”), ‘80s party band Superlicious and classic rockers Crawford Perkes Band. There will also be three beer gardens, a food court, an Action Zone (complete with a zip line), BMX freestyle shows, bounce houses, paddle boats, carnival rides and much more! Admission is only $2, with kids 5-and-under being free (note that parking is $10 and that only cash is accepted). The gates open at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3 and at 10 a.m. on the big day, Thursday, July 4. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:45 p.m. each night. For more information and a full two-day schedule, visit Ranchocordovajuly4th.com.