Our nation’s birthday is a great opportunity to get out with the family and enjoy some parades, carnivals, music, 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 69th 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 barrel racing, roping, and bull riding – as well as the annual Pig Scramble! Gates open at 8 am on July 4th.
Redwood City’s 80th annual, 4th of July Parade, Festival, Car Show and fireworks –
Redwood City’s parade is the largest Independence Day parade in Northern California and attracts thousands of spectators. This year’s theme is “A Family 4th”. It begins at 10:00 a.m. (See map here http://www.parade.org/parade-route-map/ ) 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.
Menlo Park’s 4th of July Celebration –
Decorate your bike, tricycle, or wagon and be sure to dress in dress in red, white and blue to join in the people 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, crafts, jump houses, rock walls, putt putt golf and food until 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend with a $8 wristband required for some activities.
Palo Alto 38th Annual Chili Cook-off –
This free festival at Mitchell Park takes place July 4, Noon – 5 p.m.
There will be bounce houses, outdoor lawn games, arts and crafts, food booths and trucks, and more will be available! The annual chili tasting starts at 1:30 p.m. Pets are welcome!
Foster City Fourth of July Celebration –
This annual Fourth of July event at Leo Ryan Park beginning at 9 a.m. includes family games, live musical entertainment, food, family and dog parade, family games, booths for local artists and children’s rides. There will be Fireworks by the lagoon. The event is free but parking is $10.
It is worth taking a moment out of the busy day and reading the Declaration of Independence. Have an enjoyable and safe 4th of July.