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Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2005 10:00 pm

Events for the Fourth of July weekend include Celebrate America at Hutchins Street Square on Friday, the Galt Festival -- which runs Thursday through Sunday in Galt (fireworks on Sunday) -- and 4th at the Lake is Monday at Lodi Lake.

• Celebrate America, the sixth-annual Fourth of July event put on by Hutchins Street Square, will be Friday at 6 p.m.

This free event begins at 6 p.m. in the West Field at Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St. Master of Ceremonies Gary Don Ricks and Lodi Mayor John Beckman will officiate.

The Lodi Community Band will kick off the evening's entertainment with patriotic tunes.

Featured soloist Adrienne Reynolds will sing the National Anthem, while Hutchins Street Square tap Instructor Susan Six Killer and tap group Steppin' Out will dance a couple of patriotic tap numbers. Gary Don Ricks and the Would Be Famous Band will top off the event.

Local Girl Scout Troop 528 will perform a flag-folding ceremony; the Knights of Columbus will present the Colors; and the Lodi Fire Department will unfurl a magnificent 20-by-30-foot U.S. flag from one of its fire engines.

All are welcome to dress in red, white and blue or patriotic clothing. Bring a picnic dinner and lawn chairs or a blanket. Do not bring unleashed pets.

For more information, call 333-6782.

• 4th at the Lake -- Music, food, milk carton boats and fireworks will be the mainstays of the 4th at the Lake celebration in Lodi on Monday.

The Lodi-Tokay Rotary Club is sponsoring the event. Lodi Lake gates will open at 8 a.m.

The day will begin with a Kiwanis pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., while the kids' area will be open from noon to 5 p.m.

The second-annual Milk Carton Regatta will take place at 1 p.m. The boats are made of milk cartons, wire, wood and glue and will be judged in two categories: speed and design.

Several bands are scheduled to take the stage from 2:30-8:30 p.m. including Hence, Shane Tiller, Nick Ellwood and Caravanserai (a tribute to Carlos Santana).

Local wine, beer and food will be available, and there will be boating and swimming at the beach. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.

Cost is $5 per person; children 6 and under are free. Discount tickets are available at Long's Drug stores in Lodi; you can get a book of five tickets for $20.

Proceeds from the event will go to nonprofit organizations.

For more information, call 334-6677 or visit http://www.lodifloatyourboat.com (to get started with ideas on next year's Milk Carton Regatta).

• The Galt Festival will be held Thursday through Sunday, culminating with a fireworks show Sunday evening.

Cost is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. A carnival will include rides for an extra ticket fee.

The event will include craft booths, street vendors and the Swan Bros. Circus performing free shows daily.

The Pre-Independence Day celebration on Sunday will include a variety of activities. Hours are 3 p.m. to midnight.

A Grand Parade will march down C Street at 1 p.m., starting in old town and ending at Farmers and Merchants Bank.

The Diaper Derby -- a baby race -- will be at 5:30 p.m. in Veteran's Field. Children can win a rabbit, chick, fish or pig during the Firecracker Pet Scramble at 6 p.m.

Local live entertainment will be from 7 to 10 p.m. in Veteran's Field. Throughout the day on the main festival stage, there will be a local violinist, belly dancers, singer and bands.

The festival will be held on the west parking lot of the Galt Market grounds. Take the Central Galt exit off Highway 99.

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