This annual event brings boaters from all over to enjoy the firework show that lights up the Delta waters with a beautiful array of lights. This spectacular event is a wonderful family evening for children and adults.
Gather up the kids and make your way to Mandeville Tip County Park on your boats to enjoy the show! This event will make memories that last a lifetime.
"Hilton, who died in September of 2019 at age 91, spent virtually every weekend during hunting season on the San Joaquin River since co-founding the Venice Island Duck Club 62 years ago. In the summers, he would bring his wife, Marilyn, and their (eventually) eight children to the island to celebrate the 4th of July.
“I began by lighting rockets and pinwheels on the levee for the amusement of my kids,” Hilton recounted in the ‘90s. “That first year, about a dozen boats cut their engines to watch our fireworks. The next year, we noticed a couple dozen more. From the '60s on, it just seemed to grow like an amoeba.”
Today, thanks to the generosity of Bill Dutra, the 20-minute show is fired over the Mandeville Cut from a Dutra Group barge positioned near Light 3 on the San Joaquin River. The program is produced by Pyro-Spectaculars by Souza, and all 1200 shots are synchronized to rousing patriotic music." - California Delta Chambers and Visitor's Bureau Group