After two years of having no 5k color run/walk and a modified July Fourth celebration, Gustine is proud to announce that each event will look more like normal this year.

The city plans to host a full-scale Independence Day celebration complete with a parade, park activities and a fireworks show.

The City of Gustine will celebrate the return of many traditional July Fourth activities especially with the returning of the 5k color run/walk kicking off the celebration Saturday, July 2.

Another community favorite, the Gustine FFA tractor pull, will return to its traditional July 3rd date.

Organizers said, they are happy that they are able to bring back the Color Run and also the FFA tractor pull making the weekend complete again.  

5k Color Run 

With a two-year pause from this event the Gustine community is glad to bring back the 5k color run/walk which will mark it’s fifth year. This is a fundraiser for the Recreation Department, GHS class of 2023, and GHS Football. It’s for all ages and kids under five are free.

Tiffany Vitorino, the city’s recreation manger shared that this year the number of participants is low with only 150 individuals signed up, but it is still early and that was just for the T-shirt deadline. 

“People can still participate and register they are just not guaranteed a shirt,” Vitorino said. “Most people like to wait until closer to the date based on weather, schedule, etc. We are hoping to reach 200 participants this returning year.”

Those who would like to sign up for the 5k color run/walk are asked to go to www.cityofgustine.com click on recreation registration then special events. They will also be having an early sign in the Friday night before and people can also register there. It is set from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the location will be announced at a later time. Participants can also come into city hall and sign up, however it is an addition $5.

“We are looking for sponsors and volunteers to support and throw color. They can register for that online as well under the sponsor and volunteer programs,” Vitorino noted.   

Fourth of July Festivities 

After the kick-off with the color run a full day of July 4 festivities are planned in Gustine.

A parade sponsored by the Gustine Chamber of Commerce will roll through downtown Gustine bright and early in the morning at 10:30 a.m. to kick off the eventful day. The day will start with the singing of the national anthem by Morgan Nunes.

“July 4th is such a big tradition for the Gustine community and we are so happy to have it back like it has been from previous years,” said Gustine Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marissa Caballero.”We’ve reached out to organizations in Newman to have them join the parade as well.”

Call the Gustine Chamber of Commerce, 854-6975, or Judi Gandy at (209) 777-9382, for parade registration or sponsorship information.

Activities are being planned in Henry Miller Park following the parade. 

Vitorino shared they will have fun activities for the kids, a cornhole tournament, a beer and margarita booth, and lots of food and other vendors on hand at the park. As  part of the celebration the pool will be open from noon to 2 p.m. with free admission for kids 12 and under.

“With a little more freedom this year we are hoping we will be a little busier and are bringing back the cornhole tournament and some kid activities,” Vitorino said. “We will also have the beer and margarita booth that helps support the fireworks, while also we are hoping more additional craft and merchandise vendors will join us for people to enjoy and shop.”

Fireworks will provide a grand finale to the Independence Day festival.

The Gustine High Stadium located at 501 North Ave. will once again be a viewing spot for the pyrotechnics. Gates open at 7:30 p.m.

“We really need the support and donations for the fireworks,” Vitorino said. “The goal has been increased this year due to the price of fireworks having increased. We need to raise close to $30,000 this year.  Letters have gone out and we are hoping to raise enough money so that we are able to keep the tradition alive.”