BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - People across the North State came out to celebrate the biggest holiday of the summer: the 4th of July.
If it's barbequing in Bidwell Park or gathering at local events like the 4th of July Fly-In, people enjoyed something that hasn’t happened in a long time, a slightly more normal holiday.
Tess Felte celebrated the holiday in Oroville at the Fly-In.
"We flew in from Rio Vista which is about 120 miles away and we are enjoying the day,” she said.
“So far, so good,” Eric Hess, also at the event in Oroville, said. “We had a casual morning and now we are here in Oroville at the show. I have a canoe on my truck so now we have to pick a body of water to go paddling on.”
Carey Robinson strolled in Bidwell Park with family, saying, “We’re just walking around, enjoying life. It’s good to see people out and about.”
Whether it was in Oroville or in Chico, people are simply happy to have a little more freedom from wearing masks.
“It was nice,” Felte continued. “It was very nice to be able to walk around and see people’s faces and their smiles and look at the kids. It was a nice day.”
“It’s nice! It’s good to see people out and walking around,” Robinson said.
“It’s so nice to be out here with other people in a casual setting with no masks on outside. It’s basically the return to normal honestly,” Hess reflected.
Just a reminder, fireworks are only allowed within the cities of Oroville and Gridley.
Butte County’s District Attorney stressed the importance of these firework rules, saying if someone is found with fireworks outside of those city limits, they can be subject to fines upwards of $1,000 or six months in county jail.