Higher fireworks, mini farmers market for Lodi Fourth of July
Fireworks shot from barges in Lodi Lake explode in flashes of brilliant color on July 4, 2012.
- Celebrate America!
Where: Hutchins Street Square.
When: 4:30 to 8 p.m. today.
Featured live entertainment includes performances by the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, Mobility, Tiny Tot Tappers and Sassy Seniors.
- Kiwanis International 45th Annual Pancake Breakfast
Where: Lodi Lake Park, to the right of the entrance.
When: 7 to 11 a.m. Friday.
Cost: $7 for adults, $4 for kids ages 5 to 12, kids 4 and under are free.
Meal includes all you can eat pancakes and sausage, with butter and syrup. Beverages include milk, orange juice and coffee.
- Fourth of July at the lake
Where: Lodi Lake Park, 1101 W. Turner Road.
When: Gates open at 7 a.m. Friday.
Cost: Free admission.
Activities: Farmers market, laser and water tag, swimming and boat rentals from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Concessions: Hot Diggity Dog, Snack Shack, Lockeford Lemonade, First Baptist taco stand, Del Roy’s Deli .
Banned items: Attire affiliated with gangs, skates, scooters, pets, fishing equipment, alcohol, fireworks, personal barbecues, glass bottles, weapons or knives, private water craft.
Considerations: The nature area will be closed.
- Fireworks photo tips
1. Find a good location: The first trick to great fireworks photos is finding a good location to view the show. Make sure there are no trees, buildings, light posts or anything else that might obscure your view of the show.
2. Use a tripod: When using a DSLR camera or a point-and-shoot camera, use a tripod to steady your camera. Even though the fireworks are bright, the sky is dark. If using an auto mode, your camera will automatically set a long exposure that will be blurry if you try to hand-hold your camera. With a smartphone, brace the phone on a tree, chair or any other object with a strong foundation.
3. Set up your camera before the show: If you are using a DSLR camera, set the camera to manual mode and prefocus in the sky where the fireworks will be. With a PS camera, turn off the flash. A flash will not affect the photo and can be annoying to others watching the show.
4. Use a long exposure: Using a long exposure of half a second all the way up to 30 seconds will make the fireworks large and colorful in photos. The night sky will likely cause cameras in auto mode to default to longer exposures.
5. Shoot a lot: In this digital age cameras can take hundreds of photos on a single memory card, so shoot as many photos as you can. Better to have too many photos with only a few usable ones, than to not take enough and go away empty-handed.
— News-Sentinel Chief Photographer Dan Evans
Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:30 am
Wave your flags proudly under the loud booms and falling sparks this Friday night.
Bring blankets, swimsuits and your favorite grilling foods to enjoy the annual Fourth of July at the Lake, a celebration of patriotism and family fun organized by the city of Lodi’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.
Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:30 am.
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