The famed fireworks will return to the shores of Cambria, California after a hiatus in 2015 due to fire concerns related to the severe drought. The spectacular display will take place on July 4 beginning at dusk, lighting up the sky for miles along the Central California Coast. Shamel Park will be the central location for not only fireworks, but an entire day of activities geared toward making Independence Day fun for the whole family.
The return of the fireworks to Cambria in 2016 is especially momentous as the town celebrates its sesquicentennial anniversary. Cambria has been accustomed to extravagant Fourth of July festivities since its establishment in 1866. The town would host huge parades and picnics, as seen in the picture below, taken sometime in the 1870s (courtesy of the Cambria Historical Society). Local establishments would drape their buildings with red, white and blue bunting, and visitors would travel from all over the area to see the spectacle.
This Independence Day will be another noteworthy celebration in Cambria. Events will kick off at 11 a.m. with the opening ceremonies, followed by live music and dancing. Guests can join in a waiter and waitress tray balancing relay race, or the Linn’s pie eating contest, and children can play various games, get their faces painted or hop into the bounce house in the kids’ area.
At 3 p.m., a raffle drawing will offer participants the chance to win some great prizes. There will be concessions available all day, and the swimming pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking and admission are free, and the trolley will run along Main Street and Moonstone Beach Drive to Shamel Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The day will conclude with the fireworks show, which is specially designed to be low-altitude in order to provide better visibility in case of fog. For more information, visit cambriachamber.org.
The Celebration of Cambria Authors is another exciting part of the Fourth of July weekend, taking place on Saturday, July 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Cambria’s Veterans Memorial Hall. Presented by the Cambria Historical Society and the Friends of the Cambria Library, this event will highlight notable local authors as well as some authors who have written about Cambria. The featured speaker is Sharon Lovejoy, who will speak at 2 p.m. This event will honor the sesquicentennial anniversary of Cambria. Book your stay now!