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Fourth of July Fireworks
With last year’s event canceled, this year’s Fourth of July fireworks spectacular should be one of the most memorable in recent history!

Presented by Ramona Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club of Ramona and Ramona Rotary Club, the event will take place at Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Ln., from 5 to 9: 30 p.m.

Fireworks begin around 9 p.m., and the show will be synced with music from radio station Star 94.1.

But before show time, you can browse vendors and enjoy food from multiple food trucks, including Señor Woofle, Kona Ice, The Corn Lady, EZ Kettlecorn and Meat Monsters Grill.

There will also be activities for kids and live entertainment. Visit ramonachamber.com.

Velocity Paintball Park
Gear up and get moving with heart-pumping action at Velocity Paintball Park! There are lots of ways to enjoy the park’s 40 acres of wooded groves and courses built for the ultimate paintball and airsoft experience.

A great activity for families is the Splat Kids Family Day Camp, developed for kids ages 7 through 13 and their guardians. Price includes everything needed to play, so all you have to do is reserve your spot and enjoy.

Or, sign up your child for Summer Camp at the park, which includes events throughout June, July and August.
 
Open play is also available on select days, and if you’re looking to reconnect with friends, family or co-workers, arrange a private event and bring your gear or rent from their stocked facility.

Remember to bring a picnic, lots of water and a whole lot of energy for a day of fun-filled adventure!

Visit velocitypaintball.com. 
Velocity Paintball Park
1350 Warnock Dr.
619-871-8504

Disc Golf
It’s hard to say when the first game of disc golf was ever played, but today, the sport enjoys international popularity and its own official organization — the Professional Disc Golf Association.

A disc golf course is one of the newest additions to Ramona Community Wellfield Park, and Ramona Parks and Recreation Executive Director Dawn Perfect says it’s become one of the park’s most popular activities.

"If you haven’t played yourself, I would encourage you to do so,” she says. "Go at your own pace and do your thing.”

Plus, she adds, it’s great exercise. 

Most people can get through the course’s nine baskets in about 30 minutes, just right for those with limited free time. 

Perfect says that they are actively looking for volunteers to help grow the course and basket sponsors to help fund the future of the course. Email [email protected]

Horseshoes
The thud of a steel object hitting soft sand and clinking against a metal stake is the signature sound of a classic summertime game — horseshoes. 

Ramona Community Wellfield Park has a number of horseshoe pits available for public use. Three are unfenced and accessible during the park’s operating hours, and 12 are reserved for the Horseshoe Pitchers Association, whose members serve as stewards of the lanes and manage reservations. Contact the Ramona Parks and Recreation Association at [email protected]

The lanes are located at the park’s northwestern entrance at Cedar and Elm streets.

RPRA Executive Director Dawn Perfect says that lanes may also be used by groups at night with a fee to cover electricity costs. 

Horseshoes is a challenging game that will keep you coming back for more. Bring a set of horseshoes and a few friends, or make new friends next time you visit.

Fishing at Dos Picos
While many sports require intense concentration, fishing allows for quiet moments of reflection and patience, making it the perfect activity for relaxation or catching up with loved ones.

At Dos Picos County Park, 17953 Dos Picos Park Rd., you can enjoy fishing in one of Ramona’s beautiful natural settings. 

To fish at Dos Picos, you’ll need a few things, including a valid California State License and $3 for parking.
 
To meet the requirements of catch and release — the only fishing allowed at the park — be sure to bring your own gear, including barbless hooks and artificial lures. Live bait is not allowed.

Once your hook is underwater, take a moment to enjoy the scenery, while bass, bluegill and crappie circle your lure. Appreciate the beauty of your catches before releasing them back into the wild. 

Dos Picos is open from 9: 30 a.m. to sunset seven days a week. Visit sdparks.org.

Boating at Lake Sutherland
Ahoy, matey! Take to the open waters at Sutherland Reservoir this summer and experience the tranquility of this special place.

Located at 22850 Sutherland Dam Rd., the reservoir is one of Ramona’s closest bodies of water in which to cruise around in your aquatic vessel of choice. 

Kayaks, canoes, rowboats, float tubes and motorized boats of any size, as long as they do not have bathrooms or wastewater discharge, are welcome. And, because the fees are minimal, returning each weekend won’t break the bank. 

There are seven picnic tables available for use, and gas barbecues are allowed in designated areas. 

The lake is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from sunrise to sunset, though boats are only allowed on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Visit sandiego.gov/reservoirs-lakes/sutherland-reservoir.

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