Fourth of July is a time for the family to enjoy some good old fashioned parades, rodeos, food and of course the fireworks! Here are just a few of the celebrations in our area.
Foster City Fourth of July Celebration
This annual Fourth of July event will be held at Leo Ryan Park from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. There will be games, food, entertainment a family and dog parade, and a grand fireworks display!
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, all kinds of activities for children, food vendors, drinks, chili competition and tasting and more! Tasting kits cost $5 and includes 5 tasting tickets. Each pre-registered customer will receive a Chili Cook Off water bottle with their kits while supplies last.
Redwood City 4th of July Run, Pancake Breakfast, Parade, Festival and Fireworks!
The Redwood City parade started in 1939 and is the largest and oldest Independence Day parade in Northern California. It attracts thousands of spectators. The Parade 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, Battle of the Bands and much more. Fireworks will be launched from Port of Redwood City at 9:30 p.m.
Spend the morning before the parade running around the streets of Redwood City. Follow the parade route (three times) to the finish line. The run is 5k, which starts at 8:45 a.m, see more here.
If running isn’t your thing, join the Redwood City Fire Department at the main Marshall Street fire station for a pancake breakfast. Breakfast is from 7:30-10:30 a.m., benefiting the Redwood City Firefighters Association.
Menlo Park’s 4th of July Celebration
Come dressed in red, white, & blue to participate in Menlo Park’s fun-filled people parade and enjoy live music, food, crafts, face painting and bounce houses. Kids are encouraged to decorate their bike or wagon. The parade kicks things off at 11:45 a.m. on Chestnut Street next to Wells Fargo. It
ends at Burgess Park, where from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. you can enjoy activities including: inflatable jump houses, giant slides, games, crafts, face painting, rock walls, laser tag, and more! A $7.00 wristband is required for some activities and can be purchased at the event or in advance Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium .
Reminder – non-professional fireworks are prohibited within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Woodside Fire Protection District. There are only a couple of cities in our area that allow the so-called safe and sane fireworks to be sold but be aware you cannot use them in Woodside.
Any fireworks not purchased at licensed fireworks vendors are considered illegal, and fireworks can’t be bought in one of the 12 cities and set off someplace else.
The 12 cities are: San Bruno, Pacifica, Union City, Newark, Dublin, Gilroy, Seaside, Watsonville, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park and Cloverdale.
Have a safe and fun Fourth!