By Nicholas Ibarra | OBSERVER Staff Writer

All listed events, and more, can be viewed online on The OBSERVER’s community events calendar at

  1. Summer Reading, Stroytime and Art – 12:30-3 p.m. Mondays, July 3, through August 28, at 3805 Clay Street. Presented by Neighborhood Wellness Foundation, this is a great opportunity for youth to stay busy during the summer. Attendees must register for the event and lunch will be provided.
  2. California Classic – 3 p.m. Monday, July 3, and Wednesday, July 5, at the Golden 1 Center. The Sacramento Kings will host the fifth annual California Classic Summer League for an expanded lineup of players and teams preparing for NBA action. This year, the San Antonio Spurs and Charlotte Hornets (who hold the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks in the NBA Draft), will join the Kings, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, and Miami Heat for two days of competition and a world-class entertainment experience.
  3. Rancho Cordova Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks – 4-11 p.m. Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4, at Hagan Park. Rancho Cordova Fourth of July is a two-day festival and parade celebrating the local community and our American heritage. It is the signature event for the community. Join them for the All American Mile Road Race and Fourth of July Parade on Coloma Road, plus carnival rides, concerts, cold beer and fireworks.
  4. Pocket/Greenhaven July 4th 2023 Parade – 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 4, at Windbridge and South Land Park Drive. Don’t miss this wonderful neighborhood tradition. The parade begins promptly at 10 a.m. and follows the usual route from the corner of Windbridge and South Land Park Drive, south on Windbridge and right on Pocket Road, ending at the entrance of Garcia Bend Park. 
  5. Elk Grove Salutes the Red, White and Blue – 5-10 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at Elk Grove Regional Park. Get ready for the BIG BOOM as Elk Grove Salutes the Red, White and Blue at this 27th annual event, presented by Sky River Casino. Free admission, $10 parking (No in/out parking privileges after 3pm). Alcohol, personal fireworks, and pets (excluding service animals) are strictly prohibited. You can ride free to the Park with SacRT.
  6. Fourth on the Field – 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at Sutter Health Park. Come out and enjoy various vendors and experiences for all age groups: Fun contests throughout the night include a potato sack race, water balloon toss and pie eating contest; Food trucks lining the warning track of the field, as well as on the concourse; Live music; A kids’ area with a splash pad and play structure; and a Beer Garden featuring local craft beers.
  7. Midtown Sacramento’s 4th of July Neighborhood Block Party – 7-10:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, on 19th and D Street. This free all age Boulevard Park Tradition will include gymnast performers, fireworks, fire dancers, food trucks, a full bar and more. There’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
  8. POHOP – Poetry Night – 7-10 p.m. Thursday, July 6, at The Guild Theater. Don’t miss out on the hottest poetry experience in Sacramento. Hosted by C West & J.Nash, ‘POHOP’ sheds its light on the masses. Performances from Dj-LBoogie and The LabRats.
  9. CBCC Business Mixer – 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, July 7, at Seasons 52. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet and network with other small business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals in the community. Whether you’re looking to make new connections, learn about local resources, or simply enjoy a fun evening with like-minded individuals, this mixer is the place to be. We’ll have great food, drinks, and music, as well as a chance to win some amazing door prizes. 
  10. Black Girls Matter STEM Summer Camp – 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, July 8, through August 26, at SMUD MOSAC. Black Womxn United and the SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity are partnering to offer a FREE STEM Summer Camp for Middle School Girls. For girls who will be in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade this fall. Space is limited so register now.