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Coming up this week in Elk Grove, July 3, 2023

Prepare to Party!
Salute our colors and celebrate Independence Day with these star-spangled festivities hosted by the City of Elk Grove, Cosumnes CSD, and presented by Sky River Casino this Tuesday, July 4th at Elk Grove Park from 5-10 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is $10.
Schedule of Events5:00 p.m. Vendors Open6:00 p.m. Let Freedom Ride Bike Parade7:00 p.m. Opening Ceremonies7:30 p.m. Y2YAY Concert9:40 p.m. Fireworks Spectacular!
Alcohol, personal fireworks, and pets (excluding service animals) are strictly prohibited. No in/out parking privileges after 3 p.m. For more information, visit elkgrovecity.org/4thofjuly.  

Road Closures for July 4th EventsKeeping July 4th events safe for those attending and participating in the Run4Hunger and Elk Grove Salutes the Red, White & Blue will result in road closures and detours on Tuesday in different parts of the city.
The Run4Hunger will generate closures near District56 on Tuesday morning from 7-11 a.m. View the Run4Hunger traffic advisory.
Road closures around Elk Grove Park will be in effect from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. for the evening fireworks show presented by Sky River Casino. View the traffic advisory details.

Selling, Possessing, Transporting, or Using Illegal Fireworks is a Crime 
Knowing the difference between legal and illegal fireworks is important. Any firework that flies in the air, darts across the ground, or explodes is considered illegal in California. Every year, these types of fireworks lead to injury, fires, property loss, and even death. The Elk Grove Police Department and Elk Grove Code Enforcement will be out again looking for illegal fireworks and working together to keep our community safe. In addition to increased patrolling, the team is utilizing its technology to assist personnel in the field when responding to reports of illegal fireworks. This technology includes its Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Program and Real Time Information Center.
Anonymously report illegal fireworks activity by calling (916) 714-5115 or email fireworks@elkgrovepd.org.  

Safeguarding Your Furry Friends During Independence Day Celebrations
While we humans revel in the excitement of Independence Day fireworks and parties, our furry friends may find the experience overwhelming and distressing. Elk Grove’s Animal Services team offers these invaluable tips on how to protect your pets during this spirited celebration.
Create a safe haven: Prepare a comfortable and secure space within your home where your pets can retreat to when they feel anxious. This can be a quiet room or a cozy crate, equipped with familiar bedding and toys. Play some soothing music or turn on the TV to drown out the noise of fireworks.
Identification is key: Ensure that your pets are wearing up-to-date identification tags with your contact information. Microchipping is another great option, as it provides a permanent form of identification. In the event that your pet gets startled and runs away, proper identification increases the chances of a safe return.
Keep them indoors: As much as possible, keep your pets indoors during the fireworks displays and celebrations. The loud noises and bright lights can cause extreme distress and prompt them to panic or try to escape. Close windows and curtains to minimize noise and flashes.
Provide distraction: Engage your pets with stimulating activities to divert their attention from the noise outside. Offer them puzzle toys filled with treats, engage in playtime, or even try using white noise machines or calming pheromone diffusers specifically designed for pets.Never use fireworks near pets: Fireworks, sparklers, and other explosives should never be used in close proximity to your pets. The loud bangs and sudden bursts of light can frighten them, leading to injury or escape attempts. Instead, opt for silent fireworks or attend community fireworks displays far away from your home.
Consult your veterinarian: If your pet suffers from severe anxiety or phobias related to loud noises, it’s advisable to consult your veterinarian. They can provide you with suitable anxiety-relief medications or suggest behavioral training techniques to help your furry friend cope with the stress.
Watch out for toxic substances: During celebrations, it’s common for barbecues and gatherings to feature various foods and beverages that can be harmful to pets. Keep an eye out for alcohol, chocolate, onions, grapes, and other toxic substances. Remind your guests to avoid feeding your pets any potentially harmful foods.
Our pets rely on us to keep them safe and secure. By taking these precautionary measures, we can ensure they have a stress-free and enjoyable Independence Day.  

Youth Commission Openings
The City is looking for four enthusiastic students ages 13-18 (grades 7-12) to join the Elk Grove Youth Commission. This group offers a great way to serve the community, promote personal growth, and engage in local government. Apply by July 19 to serve in the next school year! Learn more.  

Remove Lead Hazards at Home
Homes built before 1978 may contain lead-based paint which can be a health hazard for young children. The Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) is offering assistance to homeowners of vacant, owner-occupied and rental-occupied units to help remedy lead hazards due to lead-based paints. The program funds up to $10,000 per housing unit to homes located within Sacramento County. Some conditions apply. For more information or to apply contact SHRA at 916-440-1317, email leadfunds@shra.org, or visit their program webpage. 

Tap Into Your Artistic Side at the Next Fridays in the Grove Event
Let’s paint at The Preserve on Friday, July 21, from 11 am-2 pm. We’ll supply everything you need to paint rocks to place along The Preserve’s pathways at District56. Show us your skills and share them with everyone. Open to all ages and free to attend. Learn more.

City Calendar

07/04 City Hall Closed for Independence Day
07/04 Run4Hunger (8 a.m.)
07/04 Elk Grove Salutes to the Red, White & Blue (5 p.m.)
07/06 NeighborGood Market (5 p.m.)
07/07 Comedy Under the Stars (8 p.m.)
07/08 Americana Vintage Market (10 a.m.)
07/09 Tire Collection Event July 9-12
07/12 Food Truck Mania (5 p.m.)
07/13 NeighborGood Market (5 p.m.)

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