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Sunday Gathering Marks Independence Day

Escalon residents are invited to come celebrate the Fourth of July a little bit early, as the Escalon Covenant Church hosts its traditional July 4 family fun day at Hogan-Ennis Park adjacent to the city’s Community Center.

Scheduled for Sunday, June 30 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., there will be a dinner served from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the suggested donation is $3 per person with a $10 maximum per family.

Along with the barbecue dinner, those attending will enjoy music, ice cream, bounce houses for the kids, watermelon-spitting contests, games and more. There will also be a show featuring the Safe and Sane fireworks to round out the evening, those planning to attend can bring blankets and lawn chairs to set up for the fireworks show.

Tickets for the dinner can be purchased online at or stop by the church office at 1155 Escalon Ave.; tickets can also be purchased the day of the event.

Meanwhile, locals can also take advantage of the sales of ‘Safe and Sane’ fireworks, with four different booths gearing up for holiday business.

The Escalon Parks Foundation booth will be in the 2200 block of Jackson Avenue, near D’Boni’s Pizza; the Escalon Ag Boosters, partnering with the local American Legion Post, will host a booth at Ace Hardware, 3300 block McHenry; Escalon Covenant Church booth will be at the church, 1155 Escalon Ave.; and Escalon High School Sports Boosters will host a booth at MarVal in the 1900 block of McHenry.

The Safe and Sane fireworks can go on sale at noon on Friday, June 28. Booths can remain open for sales through midnight on Thursday, July 4.