Recognized as a caring, family-oriented community, Ripon provides a comfortable hometown atmosphere for residents who are quick to become involved in projects that protect the quality of life. A number of civic and service organizations raise funds to support youth activities and improve the community. The local garden club continually plants native trees and shrubs in local parks, while seniors gather in their own center for social and recreational activities. Residents of all ages can participate in sports and special programs for relaxation and exercise. Colorful annual and seasonal events dot the calendar with exciting dates, particularly the Almond Blossom Festival and the Fourth of July celebration that lights up the entire sky with dazzling fireworks. While Ripon offers a friendly and tranquil setting, the glittering attractions of San Francisco and Sacramento as well as the unsurpassed natural beauty of Yosemite National Park are easily accessible for day trips and getaways.