Sonoma County residents making their own rules for Fourth of July

2 July 2020

Kent Porter / The Press Democrat

The Fourth of July might be the most massive gathering day of the year. It’s a holiday constructed around big backyard barbecues, public fireworks displays and, in some towns, parades and civic picnics.

Or at least it was, and perhaps will be again in 2021. This year?

“We’ll probably do something small,” said Marlene Demery, who has an engineering consulting firm and lives in Fountaingrove with her husband, Phil, a former director of the Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Works. “You can kind of see the fireworks from our home. Are they doing fireworks?”

Alas, the Red, White and Boom event will not be taking placing at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds this year. Like every city in the county other than Cloverdale, Santa Rosa will not be shooting fireworks in 2020.

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