July 1, 2015

Our nation’s birthday is a great opportunity to get out with the family and enjoy some food, friends, and fireworks!

Woodside Junior Rodeo
As always, we think a great way to spend the day is at the Woodside Mounted Patrol’s Junior Rodeo. The annual event is now in its 65th year and is held at the Mounted Patrol Grounds on Kings Mountain Road. More than a hundred young ropers and riders from all around the Golden State participate in the Rodeo, featuring women’s barrel racing, roping, and bull riding – as well as the annual Pig Scramble! Gates open at 8 am on July 4th. For details go here.

Foster City Fourth of July Celebration
This annual Fourth of July event at Leo Ryan Park beginning at 10:00 a.m.
includes family games, live musical entertainment, food, family and dog parade, family games, food, booths for local artists and children’s rides. There will be Fireworks by the lagoon at 9:30 p.m. The event is free but parking is $10. Visit here for more information. Also check out the summer Friday Night concert series beginning July 11th at the park Amphitheater.

Palo Alto Summer Festival and Chili Cook-off
This free festival at Mitchell Park takes place July 4, Noon – 5 p.m.
There will be live music, activities for children, food vendors, drinks and a chili tasting starting at 1:30 p.m. New this year is the battle for “best overall ice cream.” There is more information here.

Redwood City 77th annual, 4th of July Parade, Festival, Car Show and Fireworks
Redwood City parade is the largest Independence Day parade in Northern California and attracts thousands of spectators. This years theme is “Our American Heritage, The Fabulous 50’s.” It begins at 10:00 a.m. on Marshall at the corner of Winslow and ends near Alden Street and is followed by a festival with arts and crafts booths, food and drink, kids areas. Fireworks will be launched from Port of Redwood City at 9:30 p.m. More information is available here.

Old Fashioned Fourth at History Museum
For something a little different try the San Mateo County History Museum Old-Fashioned Fourth of July. It takes place within the 104 year old county courthouse museum at 2200 Broadway in Redwood City. Between 10 am and 4 pm children will hand-crank homemade vanilla ice cream and then take a taste. They will also make traditional Independence Day crafts to take home with them. Beginning at 1 pm, adults will be invited to view vintage films of the San Francisco Peninsula from the Museum’s archives. Museum admission will be half-price that day: $2.50 for adults, $1.50 for seniors and students and, as always, free for kids five and under. Activities will take place to coincide with the famous Redwood City Independence Day parade. For more information go here.

Menlo Park’s 4th of July Celebration
Decorate your bike, tricycle, or wagon and dressed in red, white and blue and parade down Santa Cruz Avenue from the parking lot on Chestnut Street at Santa Cruz Avenue (behind Wells Fargo bank) to Burgess Park in Menlo Park. The Parade starts promptly at 11:45 a.m.. Once at Burgess Park, you and your family will enjoy music, games, and food until 2:30 p.m..
Cost: $7 wristband required for some activities. Find more information here.

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