OAKLEY -- As it has every summer for the past 13 years, the city of Oakley will celebrate the day it began forging its own destiny next month.

The annual Cityhood Celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. July 6 and will be at Freedom High School, 1050 Neroly Road.

Admission is free, although the rides and other activities for young people over the age of 5 cost $5.

Children 4 years old and younger can enjoy those features for free, fun that includes glitter tattoos, swishing down a giant slide and navigating an obstacle course as well as trying their hands (and feet) on a rock climbing wall.

The children's activities will end at 9 p.m. in preparation for the fireworks show, which starts with a bang around 9:30 p.m.

In addition to music throughout the evening, vendors will be selling goods from jewelry and candles to tri-tip sandwiches, corn dogs and Italian ices. Businesses and nonprofits will be advertising their services.

People may bring their own picnic lunch, although alcohol is not allowed.

Contact Rowena Coetsee at 925-779-7141. Follow her at Twitter.com/RowenaCoetsee.

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