Celebrate Independence Day!
First things, first – what better way to celebrate an end to the craziness of the past year and a half and our ability to enjoy things again than with an Independence Day celebration? After so many events took a pause last year, there are some fun ways to make the occasion again in 2021.
- 4th of July Parade in Downtown Stockton - Who doesn't love a parade? The procession kicks off at 10 am and is filled with all sorts of entries celebrating our independence and the men and women who made it possible. It starts at E Miner Ave. and El Dorado St. and heads north for three blocks, then takes a left on E Oak St. then south on N Center St before stopping again at Miner.
- Stockton Ports Ballgame - What's more American than going to a baseball game? The Stockton Ports are in town and will be taking on the San Jose Giants. Their Independence Day celebration is so big it can't be contained to one night, so join the team in celebrating a win (hopefully) and July 4th with fireworks on the third and the fourth.
- Annual Barron Hilton Fireworks Display - Of course no Independence Day celebration is complete without a brilliant fireworks display. Head out to Mandeville Tip County Park and watch as the waters of the delta are set aglow with a dazzling show in the sky above.
Spend an Afternoon on the Water!
In the heat of July, we look for ways to keep cool while out and about. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to get out on the water in Stockton, California. These places offer an abundance of kayaking and paddleboarding renting options either on the picturesque San Joaquin River or on a relaxed lake. Make a day on the water with the whole family and don’t forget the sunscreen!
- Rent a kayak from the Stockton Marina office, located inside the historic Waterfront Warehouse and then take it out on the Stockton Channel. $15 gets you one hour, $25 for two hours, and $10 for each additional hour.
- Right next to Bobs At The Marina, H2O excursions in Village West Marina has a whole slew of ways for you to get on the water. You can charter a cruise, rent a pontoon boat, hop in a kayak or on a stand up paddleboard. They even have hydrobikes for rent.
- Situated in Lodi’s northwest corner, Lodi Lake Park is open weekends only offering an abundance of rentals such as kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddleboards to name a few, on an hourly or four-hour basis.
Take in the sights and sounds of Stockton
One of the countless things we love about Stockton, California in July are all of the free outdoor concerts and movies to watch under the stars. These parks offer a welcoming, family friendly atmosphere full of sensational music for the mature crowd and a playful environment for the young in age.
- Music in the Park -The concerts in the park are back! Victory Park will once again be filled with the sounds of music and people enjoying it after last year's pause. The tunes start July 14 and follow on the 21, 28 and then again August 4, 11 and 18 from 6 to 8 pm. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and maybe a bite to eat as you hang out with several dozen of your closest music-loving friends.
- Haggin Museum - Since you're already going to be at Victory Park for the concerts, why not schedule some extra time and check out The Haggin. It's recently reopened and ready for guests to return to see the art and history of the region on display.
- Go to a farmers' market - You're right in the midst of peak farmers' market season, so it's the perfect time to see the fruits of our local farmers' labor. Not to mention their vegetables too. You'll find all sorts of recently grown goodness plus great gift items from our local makers.
- Races at Stockton 99 Speedway - It's hard to top the excitement of short track racing, and Stockton 99 Speedway has plenty. July has races on the third and fourth, as well as the 17th.
- Astronomy in the Park - Summer is perfect stargazing season, and here's your chance to see the stars and planets of our solar system. The Stockton Astronomical Society gathers at Oak Grove Regional Park and lets people take a peek through their giant telescopes to see other worlds and beyond. This is the perfect fun activity for kids!