While we celebrate our national independence on the 4th of July, we should pause for a moment to reflect on our history. You may want to read the Declaration of Independence out loud to the young’uns and tell them the stories of the brave men who signed it.
Then it is time to party! Here are just a few events in this area.
First up is our own Woodside Junior Rodeo
The Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County is inviting the whole family to their 4th of July tradition. Young people from around California are going to participate and test their skills in America’s oldest sport of Rodeo. Events will include roping, women’s barrel racing, and bull riding for the older contestants. So giddy-up on down to the Rodeo partners and have some fun!
Family 4th! The Redwood City Annual Parade
This event, which is the largest Independence Day parade in Northern California has been an annual event since 1939 and brings entries from across the state to compete for awards and cash prizes. Besides the parade there is a Pancake Breakfast, a Fun Run and Car Show. Bring the family and enjoy!
Foster City “Fourth of July Blast”
Leo Ryan Park (corner of Shell and Hillsdale Blvd.), Foster City. There are activities all day long including a Family Parade; the annual Stars & Stripes Dog Show with categories such as : Best Trick, Most Unique, Dog/Owner Look-A-Like, Fastest Eater, Most Beautiful/Handsome and Most Patriotic. The Dog Show takes place at Leo Ryan Amphitheater from 2-3:30pm. Info: 650-286-3392); live entertainment and of Spectacular Fireworks Display (over the water) begins at approximately 9:30pm. Arrive early for the fireworks if you want to get a good view… it gets VERY crowded.
Mountain View —San Francisco Symphony & 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
This Shoreline Amphitheater event includes pre-concert entertainment begins at 5pm. The concert conducted by Donato Cabrera. The Concert starts at 8pm. Rain or shine. Tickets on sale through www.Livenation.com For more Information call the San Francisco Symphony 650-967-3000
City of Santa Clara 4th of July All-City Picnic & Flag Dedication Ceremony
The traditional All City Picnic includes a Pancake Breakfast, followed by family activities, Live Entertainment throughout the day at the Pavilion. Carnival and Face-painting near the softball field. Swimming at the International Swim Center.
8am-5pm at Central Park, 909 Kiely Blvd, Santa Clara. No fireworks this year.
Half Moon Bay — 4th of July Parade & Fireworks
Ol’ Fashioned “4th of July Parade” down Main Street, Half Moon Bay at 12 noon. The parade will include community groups, horses, vintage cars, dressed up dogs and more. There will be fireworks in the evening. For more More Information call 650-400-7040
Berkeley Marina Fourth of July.
Food, live entertainment, art and crafts vendors, free sailboat rides 1-4 p.m., dragon boat rides 2-6 p.m. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. July 4. Entertainment from noon-9 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. University Avenue. Free admission. 510-548-5335.
Roaring Camp Fourth of July Celebration
“Great train robberies,” shootouts, skirmishes and other blazing reenactments bring the Wild West to life. Barbecue lunch from noon-3 p.m. July 2-4. Contact the camp for schedules. Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad, 5355 Graham Hill Rd., Felton. 831-335-4484.
San Francisco Fourth of July Waterfront Celebration.
Music and viewing of fireworks display over San Francisco Bay. Noon-9:30 p.m. July 4. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Pier 39, Beach Street and the Embarcadero. Free admission. 415-705-5500.
San Jose Giants Independence Day Celebration
Baseball is our national sport and fireworks begin immediately following the baseball games July 4-5. Games begin at 6:30 p.m.. Contact the San Jose Giants for ticket information. Municipal Stadium, Senter and East Alma streets, San Jose. 408-297-1435.
USS Hornet Museum Independence Day
Live music on the flight deck, interactive games for all ages, prizes and a bounce house for kids. Tours of the famous aircraft carrier will be available throughout the day. Fireworks from other Bay Area events can be viewed on deck. 1-9 p.m. July 4. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 in Alameda. 510-521-8448.
Have a happy and safe holiday.