Happy 4th of July!

June 30, 2010

Fourth of July is the time to celebrate the birth of our Country. We’ve got a barn full of fun things you and your family can do for your Fourth of July holiday, right here in Town or a little farther a-field.

Here in Woodside we celebrate with the Annual NorCal Junior Rodeo, sponsored by the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County where the kids in Town can chase greased pigs, barrel race, calf rope and other great rodeo events or where families can barbecue, watch a parade go to a festival and watch fireworks at the Mounted Patrol grounds at 521 Kings Mountain Road. Celebration starts with a dinner dance on July 3rd. But the real fun is on the 4th when COW girls and boys (under 18) test their skills with all the traditional rodeo events – from roping to bull riding (and don’t forget the pig scramble)! Prelims start around 8:00AM with the main activity starting with the Presentation of the Colors at 12 p.m. The petting zoo and other great events are open all day. More information is available on their website.

The annual Redwood City Fourth of July parade, street festival and battle of the bands start at 9AM with the festival and the parade at 10AM. The parade, which is in its 72nd year, is the largest Independence Day parade in Northern California and brings entries from across the state to compete for awards and cash prizes. For more information and the parade route go here. Get there early for a good seat!

The Festival, which started 24 years ago, opens for business at 9 a.m. the provides an opportunity for community service organizations to raise funds buy selling food, merchandise or giving out information on their organization. There are also arts and craft booths and entertainment for the thousands of people that attend the festival immediately after the parade. For more information on the festival go here.

Menlo Park also holds a parade and festival every year, and while smaller than the Redwood City festivities, it definitely has its own charm. The parade starts at 11:45 sharp on July 4th. Decorate you bike, trike, wagon, golf cart, or float and parade down Santa Cruz Avenue from the parking lot off Santa Cruz and Chestnut Street to Burgess Park. Once at Burgess Park, you and your family will enjoy music, games, and food.

If you like to get out and party farther from home on our nation’s birthday, there are tons of events all around the Bay to keep you busy. For more information on what to do or where to see fireworks go here and here.

We wish all COWs a happy and safe holiday.

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