Celebrate Your Independents! July 4th Community Events

  • Wednesday, July 04, 2012
  • Peninsula

 4th of July Fireworks & Events

(Our thanks to Menlo Park Patch for the following event announcements) 


There are again two cities for viewing fireworks this year in San Mateo County, but one location has changed.

Half Moon Bay chose to douse its fireworks celebration this year, budgets being what they are.

But Foster City, as it has for years, will host a show again this year. Projectiles will head into the sky - ready to explode - at 9:30 p.m. sharp.

And thanks to Redwood City, pyrotechnic fans have a second choice for viewing if Foster City doesn't work as well as a location for you.

Redwood City's fireworks begin a little earlier, at 9:15 p.m. at the Port of Redwood City. The show is back on track after a two year break.



Redwood City's parade is one of the largest on the Peninsula, and offers good viewing spots for spectators around Courthouse Square as well as some fun floats to see. It begins at 10 a.m.

Half Moon Bay's annual Pooches on Parade begins at noon.

And Menlo Park has a small parade that begins at 11:45 a.m. at the Wells Fargo parking lot.



Foster City is serious about celebrating the 4th. If you're ready to rumble early, festivities at Leo Ryan Park begin at 8 a.m. and last into the evening just prior to the fireworks.

Redwood City's celebrations continue after the Parade, and will continue until the late evening fireworks.

Also in Redwood City, an Old-Fashioned Fourth of July begins at 10 a.m. at the San Mateo County History Museum, where children will be invited to hand-crank homemade style vanilla ice cream and then take a taste.

Palo Alto will host the 31st Annual Summer Festival & Chili Cook-off between noon and 5 p.m., with tasting beginning at 1:30 p.m. You'll need to head to Mitchell Park for the fun.

Pacifica hosts its annual 4th of July Celebration at Frontierland Park between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Half Moon Bay has events scheduled all day long, beginning with a Pancake Breakfast at 8 a.m., a barbeque at 11 a.m., the Pooches on Parade at noon, and the post parade Bark-BBQ.

The Millbrae Historical Society's annual July 4 Barbecue will be held in the David Chetcuti Community Room behind City Hall. The Lions Club does the barbecuing. The event begins at 11 a.m., runs to 3 p.m.

Menlo Park celebrates after its parade, so from about noon until 2:30 p.m. you can get hot dogs and other traditional summertime foods. 



Since 1975, Redwood City has held the Parade Run; it's your chance to compete in front of as many as 40,000 spectators. The run begins at 8:45 a.m.

Pacifica has the Rocket Run, a 5-mile jaunt that fills fresh sea air into the lungs of runners and makes for some happy smiles. It begins at 9 a.m.

Celebration without driving? The Caltrain/SamTrans schedule for Fourth of July is abbreviated, so take note of what might work for you.

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