It’s the time of year for barbecues, bunting, and BOOMS! We’ve got a corral full of fun things to do for your Fourth of July holiday, both local and a little farther a-field.
The big event in our neck of the woods is the annual Redwood City Fourth of July parade, street festival, concert, and fireworks display. The event, which started back in 1939, always draws a great crowd and is a wonderful, old-time parade, filled with many COWmunity groups, vintage vehicles, great bands, and beautiful horses. Woodside Stables is represented with a Pony Vehicle – to see the rest of the parade entrants, go here.
The parade starts at ten at Brewster and Winslow (but there’s a full 1.25 mile route to spread out along), but you’ll want to get there early for a good seat, and runs for a couple hours. Meanwhile, the Festival opens for business at 9 a.m. and has all sorts of food, clothing, arts and crafts vendors, with music later in the day. In the evening, the annual fireworks display takes place near the Port of Redwood City at 9:30 p.m. For more information, check out the Peninsula Celebration Association’s website here.
A little closer to home is the NorCal Junior Rodeo, held in Woodside at 521 Kings Mountain Road (the Mounted Patrol Grounds). Kids under 18 do all the traditional rodeo events – from roping to bull riding! All you COWs will get a chance to see some real cows in our Town’s annual Western tradition. The Presentation of the Colors is at 12 p.m., with the Patrol Grounds opening at 8. The petting zoo and other great fun events are open all day. More information is available here.
Menlo Park also holds a parade and festival every year, and while smaller than the Redwood City festivities, it definitely has its own charms. The parade starts at 11:30 a.m., and games and food will be available in Burgess Park.
If you like to get out and party farther from home on our nation’s birthday, there’s tons of events all around the Bay to keep you busy.
If you’re looking for truly massive fireworks displays, the heavy hitters in our region – San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland – are all putting on big shows this year. For more information, go to:
· San Jose
Each of these cities is also putting on a free festival or concert before the fireworks check out the links above for more details!
Also worth checking out are the Family Festival at the Cannery in San Francisco; live music and tours of the historical aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet in Alameda; listen to patriotic live music by the Golden Gate Park Band at the Music Concourse in San Francisco; or even enjoy a little Independence Day romance with your sweetie with a dessert cruise on the U.S.S. Potomac – F.D.R.’s ‘Floating White House’.
And remember, not only are home fireworks illegal in Woodside, they’re very dangerous with our early fire season this year! A better bet is to check out the massive municipal fireworks displays all throughout the region. Along with the displays in Redwood City, San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, the following cities will also be putting on fireworks shows this year:
· San Ramon
· Foster City
· Mountain View
· San Rafael
· And more!
Have a happy and safe Fourth!