4th of July Celebration “Hats Off to Nevada County”

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Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate, so we encourage you to purchase in advance at the Greater Grass Valley or Nevada City Chambers of Commerce or online at www.grassvalleychamber.com.  Tickets will be available at the discounted rate until noon on Thursday, July Fourth both online and at the Greater Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers. Active and retired military and spouses with Military ID’s and kids under 12 are free. The Nevada County Fairgrounds charges $6 for parking at Gate 4 and, parking is limited. Please Note: the Fairgrounds does not permit: alcohol, glass, pets, barbeques or personal fireworks.

Nevada County will be celebrating USA’s birthday this 4th of July, with the 2019 theme of the Parade & Fireworks Celebration, Hats Off to Nevada County!”

Continuing a tradition that began 118 years ago, Grass Valley will be hosting this year’s July Fourth parade.  It was in 1901 that an agreement was struck between Nevada City and Grass Valley to alternate the parade between the two communities.  Since then, Grass Valley has hosted the celebration on odd-numbered years and Nevada City on even-numbered years.

“What happens here on July Fourth is the epitome of a small-town celebration,” says Cathy Whittlesey, President of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. “Whether the parade is in Grass Valley or Nevada City, the focus is on three important elements of American life: families, communities, and patriotism.”

More than 70 entries, including a fantastic mix of floats, horseback riders, cars, marchers and dancers all displaying red, white and blue and waving American flags, will begin the march through historic Grass Valley at 11:00 a.m. The Nevada County Concert Band will be performing at Neal and Mill streets before and during the parade, helping to make it a patriotic event to remember!

Heather Haddock, Grass Valley’s local supporter with the Grass Valley Downtown Association and the Greater Grass Valley Chamber, will launch the parade procession with a patriotic opening; singing The National Anthem.

We highly recommend that parade goers arrive early with lawn chairs in hand, to find a good vantage point along the parade route!

The celebration continues at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on McCourtney Road in Grass Valley with a family-oriented festivities, starting at 3:00 p.m. The fireworks won’t blast off until 9:30 p.m, but there are plenty of fun festivities to keep you entertained all afternoon.

Arrive early to spread out your blankets and chairs on the greens of the fairgrounds for fireworks viewing and keep the entire family entertained with musical performances starting at 4:00 p.m on the Pine Tree Stage. Rewind Press Play will kick off the afternoon with their lively rock and roll show, followed by the musical stylings of Vicki Fortini. Get ready for Elvis, as Rewind returns to the stage with their Elvis Show! from 7:30 p.m.until the fireworks blast off when night falls. Or you can boogie on over to the Dance Pad to stomp around with the Tommyknocker Cloggers at 4:00 p.m. and keep your dancing shoes on to get down with DJ Jamal Walker starting at 6:30 p.m. The grounds will also host a craft fair, bounce house, face painters and balloons to keep the little ones celebrating all day long!

Treat Street will be open with local organizations serving food and the Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers of Commerce, along with the Grass Valley Downtown Association will be operating the beer and wine booth.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate, so we encourage you to purchase in advance at the Greater Grass Valley or Nevada City Chambers of Commerce or online at www.grassvalleychamber.com.  Tickets will be available at the discounted rate until noon on Thursday, July Fourth both online and at the Greater Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers. Active and retired military and spouses with Military ID’s and kids under 12 are free. The Nevada County Fairgrounds charges $6 for parking at Gate 4 and, parking is limited. Please Note: the Fairgrounds does not permit: alcohol, glass, pets, barbeques or personal fireworks.

JASON FOUYER HONORED AS 2019 JULY 4TH GRAND MARSHAL

Jason Fouyer was born and raised in Nevada County. After attending college in San Francisco and taking jobs in Indonesia, San Diego, and Chico, he and his wife, Tamara, chose to move back to their hometown. After living in large cities, they wanted a place where family and community were priorities. They feel particularly lucky to have their children, Liliana (13) and Austin (10), grow up in their hometown.

Jason and Tamara purchased their first home in downtown Grass Valley where Jason quickly got involved in serving his community by garnering a seat on the City of Grass Valley Parks and Recreation Commission. This appointment swiftly placed him on a path of other leadership positions including Chair of the City’s Planning Commission, a seat on the City Council, and ultimately becoming the Mayor. During his tenure, he held other titles such as Nevada County Transportation Commissioner, and liaison to both the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Grass Valley Downtown Association. Jason currently sits on the Nevada County Economic Resource Council as a Past Chair.

The Fouyers are the owners of Cranmer Engineering Inc. (CEI) CEI has been in business in Nevada County since the early 1960s. The engineering firm and analytical water laboratory is a cornerstone for Nevada County business. The business has expanded from the California- Oregon border to Bakersfield since its acquisition in 2014. The Company has allowed them to partner with the community by hiring local talent, working with non-profits, and sponsoring special events.

“The 4th of July Committee wants to thank Jason Fouyer for the years of service he has provided to the Grass Valley community, along with his endless support of our community as a whole,” says Robin Davies, CEO of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The 2019 Hats Off to Nevada County! parade in Grass Valley will begin at 11:00 a.m. Be sure to join us for post-parade entertainment at Nevada County Fairgrounds on McCourtney Road where family-fun commences when the gates open at 3:00 p.m. and continues through the spectacular fireworks finale that blasts off at 9:30 p.m.

For more information about July Fourth activities, or to become an entrant in the parade, contact the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce by calling (530) 273-4667 or dropping by the 128 East Main Street office, opposite City Hall.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE 2019 SPONSORS!

Major sponsors include The Union Newspaper, Dignity Health, Grass Valley Brewing Co., KNCO, KVMR, SPD Markets, Economy Pest Control.

Silver Sponsors:  1849 Brewing Company, All Phase Heating & Air, B&C Ace Home and Garden Center, Ben Franklin Crafts & Frame Shop, Caliber Collision, Ernie’s Van & Storage, Gold Miners Inn, Good & Company Realty, Lisa Hosbein, MD, Mike Bratton-State Farm, Sierra Theaters, Tintle, Inc., Tofanelli’s.

Bronze Sponsors: Absolute Communication Solutions, Auburn Ford, Dave’s Auto Repair, Jack & Patti Foster, Harrington & Baldwin, Madelyn Helling, Marshall’s Pasties, Nevada City Engineering, Peter’s Drilling & Well Service, Twin Cities Church.

Other donors include: A to Z Supply, Auburn Toyota, BackPorch Market, Elam Biggs Bed & Breakfast, Northern Sierra Propane.

The Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce will accept Parade entries until July 3rd at 4:00 p.m.  Interested companies, organizations, and individuals may drop by the Chamber office at 128 East Main Street, Grass Valley or call (530) 273-4667 for more information.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the fireworks, please contact the Grass Valley (530) 273-4667 & Nevada City Chamber offices (530) 265-2692 or go online to www.grassvalleychamber.com. Tickets are $10 in advance & $15 at the gate.