Our nation’s birthday is a great opportunity to get out with the family and enjoy some food, friends, and fireworks! As always, we think the best way to spend the day is at the Woodside Mounted Patrol’s Woodside Junior Rodeo. The annual event is now in its 64th year and is held at the Mounted Patrol Grounds on Kings Mountain Road. More than a hundred young ropers and ridersfrom 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.
Traditionalists (as well as folks who just plain love a good time) will go and see the 76th Annual Redwood City 4th of July Parade! This year’s theme is “Through the Eyes of a Child.” The parade is totally volunteer-run, and draws thousands of spectators and dozens of floats and hundreds of marchers from throughout the State. It’s truly a sight to see and is the largest 4th of July Parade in Northern California! The Parade starts at 10 am, but be sure to get there early for a good spot. If that seems early for a holiday morning, you can make it a little sweeter by starting the morning at a pancake breakfast at the Redwood City Fire Department – proceeds benefiting the Redwood City Firefighter’s Association. Afterwards, stick around for the great festival featuring delicious food, live music, vendors, and fun activities for the kids. For the Parade route, check out their website here.
Other nearby Towns and cities have their celebrations as well, and you won’t be disappointed if you decide to check them out!
Menlo Park hosts a small cow-munity parade starting at 11:45, with a festival running from 12-2:30 pm at Burgess Park. The festival includes climbing walls, jumphouses, carnival games, laser tag, face painting and yummy food! Just the thing for a calmer 4th.
PaloAlto has its 33rd Annual Summer Festival and Chili Cook-Off at Mitchell Park from 12-5 pm. Enjoy the fierce competition of the Chili Cook-off starting at 1:30 – decide for yourself who makes the best chili on the Peninsula!
If you want to find just one spot to spend the day, Foster City’s tough to beat, with a city-sponsored party running all day from 8 am to 9:45 pm! Games, food, and entertainment, and a fun family and dog parade fill the day, and end with a thrilling fireworks display over beautiful San Francisco Bay.
Or, enjoy what’s sure to be a beautiful day on the coast with Half Moon Bay’s Independence Day festivities. Their parade runs from 12-1 pm.
For those in a musical moo-d, be sure to join the world-class San Francisco Symphony’s concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre, complete with a rousing fireworks display accompanied by the orchestra!
And finally, the big bossy bull of Bay Area 4th Festivities has got to be in San Francisco, with live music and family entertainment from noon to night at Pier 39, ending with a spectacular fireworks display sure to delight kids young and old!
We wish you and your family a safeand happy 4th, and remind you in this year of high fire danger – please please leave the fireworks to the professionals!