Yippee i-oh-ki-ay have yourself a mighty happy Independence Day!

July 3, 2012

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If you are hankering for some family fun this Fourth, we have a few suggestions for you starting with one family fun event right here in our own town.

The Mounted Patrol is holding its 62nd Woodside Junior Rodeo! The fun starts early at 8am with the main event at high noon. Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Mutton busting, stick horse races and a pig scramble as well as the Rodeo events are all included so mosey on down to the Mounted Patrol!

Redwood City’s 74th Independence Day Parade and 26th annual Independence Day Festival. The parade which states at 10am is the largest Independence Day parade in Northern California and brings entries from all across the state. The Festival starts at 9am and goes til 5pm. It offers Arts and Crafts Booths, Food and Beverages and Kids play area.

City of Palo Alto Summer Festival and Chili Cook-off. The 31st annual festival takes place at Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, with live music, children’s activities, food vendors, drinks and a chili tasting. Noon to 5 p.m.

Foster City Fourth of July Celebration 8am to 9:45pm at Leo Ryan Park (corner of Shell and Hillsdale Blvd.), Foster City. There are activities all day long. Games, food, entertainment includes a family and dog parade. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm sharp. For more information go here.

Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheater —San Francisco Symphony & 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. Fireworks are set to patriotic music, marches and narrations. Symphony starts at 8pm. Tickets on sale through www.Livenation.com For more Information go here.

Half Moon Bay — 4th of July Parade is an Ol’ Fashioned “4th of July Parade” down Main Street, Half Moon Bay at 12 noon. There will be a Pancake Breakfast, BBQ’s and more! For more Information go here.

Berkeley Marina Fourth of July with fireworks, food, live entertainment, art and crafts vendors,. Entertainment from noon to 9 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. at University Avenue. See here.

Roaring Camp Fourth of July Celebration. Bop on over to Roaring Camp for a Sock Hop and 50’s family 4th of July: Hula Hoop contests, games, live music and an all-American barbecue. Steam Train passengers will see how the west was won at Bear Mountain! Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Rd., Felton. For more information call 831-335-4484, or see website here.

San Francisco Fourth of July Celebration at the Pier with its music and fireworks display over San Francisco Bay. 2pm to 11pm Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m at Pier 39. See more here.

San Jose Giants Fireworks Extravaganza. Fireworks begin immediately following the baseball game July 4 . Visit here for more.

4TH of July Fireworks Cruise OR Watch 4TH of July Fireworks from Angel Island! For the first time ever, visitors are invited to Angel Island to watch the 4th of July Fireworks! Angel Island recommends visitors bring flashlights or headlamps, as well as seating and/or blankets. For more information visit here
and here.

USS Hornet Museum Independence Day. Live music, carnival games, flight simulator and interactive games for all ages, with 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. 2-9:30 p.m. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 in Alameda. 510-521-8448 x 282, or visit here.

Sausalito 4th of July Parade, Picnic and Fireworks Extravaganza 10:00 am to 9:30pm. The parade through town begins at 10 am at the intersection of Second and Main and ends at Dunphy Park . Picnic and Family Fun at Dunphy Park from 10am to4pm with the Fireworks Extravaganza at Gabrielson Park at 6:30pmto 9:30pm.

Have a happy and safe holiday.

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