Valley residents celebrate nation's birthday

FRESNO, Calif.

Folks in Exeter made a big splash as hundreds of people came out to experience the community's small town charm as the city celebrated our nation's birthday.

The mayor even climbed into a dunk tank at Exeter City Park. From the looks of it he spent a great deal of time underwater.

Families also enjoyed a variety of food, played games like horsehides and listened live local entertainment.

Residents told us the event is a great way to experience small town America on such an important national holiday.

"Just the atmosphere. Everyone gets together, everyone's real friendly and just having a good time. Watch the band," David Herrera said.

"I had my little one perform today and just seeing friends you haven't seen and you gotta get a snow cone and an Indian taco. Our yearly treat," Deca Collins said.

Local members of the military also shared their stories with the crowd.

The local Lions Club will host a free fireworks show beginning at dusk at Lions Stadium during the evening of the Fourth.


Meanwhile, a mobile home community celebrated Independence Day today with an annual tradition.

On the morning of the Fourth, the Woods Community at Barstow and Sylmar held its 38th annual Fourth of July parade.

Among the special guests were Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mimms.

Residents there say they look forward to the event every year.

"I love it, we love it. I've been coming to it since 2006. It's great," Vy Hoff said.

Some local police officers also took part in the parade, along with a Boy Scouts troop.

Fresno firefighters also brought some goodies for the young children in the crowd and handed out hats.


Thousands of North Valley residents celebrated the holiday with a parade, festival, and fireworks show in Atwater.

Dozens of food vendors and more than 120 craft vendors set up booths at Ralston Park for most of the day.

Families enjoyed eating, shopping, and a variety of entertainment.

Kids had fun playing on a slide and bounce house while the adults listened to a live band.

The festivities in Atwater draw people from across Merced County each year, and vendors say this is one of the biggest turn-outs they've seen.

The festival followed a parade through Atwater in the morning, and a big fireworks show kicks off at 9 p.m. at the former Castle Air Force Base.

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