City’s Fourth of July event among the best

Somebody at Travel + Leisure magazine really loves Sonoma.

Last February, the well-known travel magazine listed the little burg as the eighth most romantic city in America. Now, with the Fourth of July a few days away, it’s calling Sonoma the eighth best town for celebrating America’s birthday.

“This wine-country town also made the top 10 for town squares,” the magazine wrote, “and its adobe-lined Plaza is where you’ll find Sonoma’s 4th of July parade with marching bands – followed by a carnival and topped off with fireworks.”

So good are the festivities, according to the magazine, that they’ve put Sonoma in the company of Flagstaff, Bend, Newtown and Boulder (numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5, respectively). Chapel Hill trails behind in a three-way tie for 10th place.

The honor makes perfect sense to Mary Catherine Cutcliffe, an event manager with the Sonoma Community Center who is a key organizer of the city’s July 4 celebrations.

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