People can gather their family, friends and kids on the Fourth of July to attend a free parade, a multitude of entertainment, activities, and fireworks show in Stockton, hosted by the city at the downtown waterfront.

The day will kick off with the parade beginning at 10 a.m., hosted by the United Veterans Council of San Joaquin County.

The procession will travel eastbound from Weber Avenue and Center Street and a partial closure of the streets will occur between Lincoln and Center streets, according to the city.

At noon, the gates will open to the Weber Point Events Center, located at 221 N. Center St., for everyone to enjoy jumpers, face painters, live music and bands, food trucks and other entertainment.

According to the city, the Blowbacks Band will play from 1-3 p.m., Nick Isaak Band will take the stage from 4-6 p.m. and the Latin Magic Band will play from 7-9 p.m.

Lawn chairs and blankets are accepted into the center for people to relax and enjoy the celebration.

The fireworks show will begin at about 9:30 p.m. and will last 20 minutes.

Items not admitted into the Weber Point Events Center are hard-top coolers, alcohol, glass containers, bottles, personal fireworks, and pets. Security and law enforcement will be present to uphold the rules.

More information about the parade is available online.

Victoria Franco is a reporter based in Stockton covering San Joaquin County for Bay City News Foundation and its nonprofit news site Local News Matters. She is a Report for America corps member.

Victoria Franco is a Stockton-based reporter covering the diverse news around the Central Valley as part of the Report for America program. As a Stockton native, Franco is proud to cover stories within her community and report a variety of coverage. She is a San Jose State University alumna with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. In her collegiate years she was Managing Editor for the Spartan Daily. From her time at the Spartan Daily she helped lead her staff to California College Media Awards and a General Excellence first place. Victoria encourages readers to email her story tips and ideas at