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4th of July pyrotechnic show

July 4, 8-11 p.m. – Shoreline Amphitheater, One Amphitheater Parkway; San Francisco Symphony at the Shoreline Amphitheater.

Partygoers can top off their July 4th celebrations at the Shoreline Amphitheater with a concert and spectacular fireworks display, presented by the San Francisco Symphony. The program will include pieces from children’s films, such as “Coco” and “Frozen” and, of course, “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

4th of July events on the peninsula and beyond. Map of Miles Breen.

Portola Valley

Ice Cream and Marching Band Celebration

July 3, 7-8 p.m. – Ladera UCC Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road.; Ice Cream and Marching Band Celebration

The Ladera Community Church hosts a marching band celebration. The event, open to all, will also feature an ice cream social. Customers are encouraged to bring their favorite ice cream topping to share. Prior to the event, the church will host an outdoor worship service at 6 p.m. for those interested.

Radio the City All-Stars Band, seen here in 2017, will perform at the City of Palo Alto’s 4th of July celebration at Mitchell Park. Photo by Keith Peters.

Hills of Los Altos

4th of July Parade

July 4, 9:30-11 a.m. – Los Altos City Hall, 26379 Fremont Ave.; 4th of July Parade

The city of Los Altos Hills presents its 11th annual 4th of July Parade, starting at City Hall on Fremont Avenue. The parade will end at Gardner Bullis Elementary School, where guests will be treated to watermelon. Parade participants are asked to leave their fossil fuel vehicles and horses at home.

East of Palo Alto

City’s 39th Anniversary and Independence Day Parade

July 2nd. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and the event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 39th Anniversary and Independence Day Parade.

An Independence Day parade and march for peace kick off the festivities for East Palo Alto as the city celebrates its 39th anniversary. The parade begins at Cesar Chavez-Ravenswood Middle School and ends at Bell Street Park, where an event features food, vendors, music, as well as games and swimming at the YMCA located in the park.

People camp while waiting for the fireworks display at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View on July 4, 2018. Photo by Natalia Nazarova.

wood side

70th Annual Woodside Junior Rodeo

July 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. — San Mateo County Horse Patrol, 521 Kings Mountain Road; The 70th Annual Woodside Junior Rodeo.

Celebrating 70 years, this Woodside tradition will include events such as barrel races and pole bending. For non-competitors, pony rides, a mini-farm and a mechanical bull will be offered for entertainment.

redwood town

Chalk Full of Fun 2022

July 3-4, 8am-5pm – Courthouse Square, Hamilton Street; Chalk full of fun.

Visitors can stop at Courthouse Square to experience – or create – chalk art. Whether you are a professional or an amateur, everyone is welcome to draw in the square and in the street, as far as places are available. Those who wish to pre-register can reserve their place on the website.

pancake breakfast

July 4, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Marshall Street Fire Station, 755 Marshall Street; pancake breakfast

The first of many events in Redwood City, the Marshall Street Fire Hall Pancake Breakfast will benefit the Redwood City Fire Association. Breakfast is $10.

Redwood City’s Chalk Full of Fun chalk festival, seen here in 2019, invites everyone to enjoy chalk art and chalk their own square. Courtesy of Khoi Huynh.

4th of July party

July 4, 9am-5pm – Downtown Redwood City; 4th of July party

Visitors to the Redwood City 4th of July Festival can browse the stalls of arts and crafts vendors for paintings, fine jewelry, pottery and more. On Broadway, families can enjoy face painting and a children’s stage, featuring performances by Phil Ackerly the Magician.

Annual Independence Day Parade

July 4, 10 a.m. departure – Downtown Redwood City, at Brewster Avenue and Winslow Street; The annual Independence Day Parade

The parade, which bills itself as the largest in Northern California, will begin at the corner of Brewster Avenue and Winslow Street. The parade route will parade around downtown Redwood City and participants will include floats, bands, drill teams and baton corps.

Fireworks show

July 4, 9:30 p.m. departure – Port of Redwood City, 675 Seaport Blvd.; Redwood City Fireworks.

Redwood City will end its day of festivities with a fireworks display at Redwood City Harbor – a spectacle visible around the Midpeninsula.

Host city

Foster City 4th of July Celebration

July 4, 9am-9.30pm; Foster City 4th of July Celebration.

This full-day celebration includes food trucks, a family and dog parade, family games and live music at the Leo Ryan Park Amphitheater. The festivities end with a fireworks display over the Foster City lagoon.

South Bay and Coastside

Half Moon Bay holds a parade and block party on July 4th. Courtesy of Miramar Events.

4th of July Celebration of Great America

July 4, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at California’s Great America, 4701 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara; 4th of July celebration in California.

Great America offers entertainment throughout the day for all ages. With dozens of roller coasters, a water park, carnival games and more, the amusement park has no shortage of things to do – and it hosts a fireworks display before the park closes for the day. The park also hosts an all-you-can-eat holiday barbecue for $30 per person.

Pacifica Rocket Run

4th July. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and racing begins at 9 a.m. at the Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Drive. Pre-registration fee is $20 and day of registration is $25; Pacifica Rocket Run.

Pacifica hosts its annual 5-mile Rocket Run. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Half Moon Bay Ol’ Fashion Show

July 4, starting at noon on Main Street in Half Moon Bay; Half Moon Bay Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade & Block Party.

The celebrations begin with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. Attendees can congregate on Main Street at noon to see floats, classic cars, horses and more parade along the parade route, followed by a performance by the 40-member seated marching band and a celebration of piece. .

Writers of The Six Fifties contributed to this story.