Red, White & Boom Fireworks Festival in Chowchilla this Saturday

Staff ReportJuly 2, 2014 

Celebrate the Independence Day holiday in Chowchilla on Saturday at the Chowchilla-Madera County Fairgrounds with a lively outdoor evening concert, picnic-style foods and beverages, bounce houses and inflatables, and, of course, fireworks. Gates at the fairgrounds open at 5 p.m. and admission to the event is free. Plenty of on-site parking will be available.

The Red, White & Boom Fireworks Festival is being presented by the Chowchilla Lions Club, the city of Chowchilla, the Chowchilla-Madera County Fairgrounds, along with funding from Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

Bounce houses and inflatables for the kids to play on free of charge will be set up near the picnic grove that will also host the outdoor concert. The bounce houses are being provided by the city of Chowchilla.

An outdoor concert featuring the Marie Wilson Band, beginning at 6 p.m. and continuing to 9, will be presented in the picnic grove at the center of the fairgrounds. The Marie Wilson Band is one of California’s hottest dance bands, specializing in the latest chart-topping hits as well as nonstop classics throughout the decades. The performance will be a party you won’t want to miss as it leads up to the fireworks.

Marie Wilson has been working as a professional singer from the age of 16. She has performed with amazing artists such as Gloria Gaynor, Barry White, Natalie Cole, George Harrison, Phil Collins, Gladys Knight and many others. Wilson also has performed around the world for celebrities including the royal families of Great Britain, Spain, Jordan and the Netherlands. After many years of performing and having achieved recording success leading to top 40 hits in the British mainstream pop charts, Wilson has chosen to settle down in California.

The Chowchilla Lions Club will operate its grandstand concession booth featuring picnic-style foods and beverages, including beer. Note that alcoholic beverages cannot be brought into the fairgrounds, nor can they be consumed outside the grandstands concession area. Other local service clubs and nonprofit groups also will be operating concession stands during the event.

As darkness settles in, the annual Chowchilla Lions Club fireworks show will begin about 9:15 p.m.. Front-seat viewing will be from the fairgrounds grandstand but the show will be visible throughout the fairgrounds. The sky above Chowchilla will light up and the ground will shake from the booms as the sky is painted with the colors of the rainbow from the bursts of the festive rockets.

Everyone is invited to attend the wonderful night-time celebration of America’s special holiday. Plenty of parking will be available at the fairgrounds. Be sure to bring your comfortable lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the festivities at the free Red, White & Boom Fireworks Festival on Saturday in Chowchilla.

The Chowchilla-Madera County Fairgrounds is located on Fifth Street, south of Robertson Boulevard. If you are coming from the north on Highway 99, take Exit 170 to Robertson Boulevard, travel west to Fifth Street, turn left and go less than a mile to the fairgrounds entrance. If you are coming from the south on Highway 99, take the Highway 152 exit west toward Gilroy, turn right at Road 16 and drive north about four miles to the fairgrounds. A location map is available on the city of Chowchilla website at

This event is also made possible through funding from the city’s summer event partners and sponsors that include the Madera County Arts Council, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and the Chowchilla District Chamber of Commerce, Farmers Insurance – Christoffersen Insurance Agency, Mid Valley Disposal, Fastenal, Loyalty Pharmacy and Dan Flanagan, Roberta Flanagan Realtor Inc.

If you need additional information on the Red, White & Boom Fireworks Festival, contact the city of Chowchilla by email at Info@ci.Chowchilla.CA.US, or call (559) 665-8615, ext. 110.

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