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Midpeninsula celebrates Independence Day

The Weekly's picks for fun and festive Fourth of July events

by Maya Homan

Locals can explore numerous Fourth of July festivities next week, including a food-based tradition in Palo Alto, an art festival in Redwood City, a concert in Mountain View and a rodeo in Woodside. And yes, there will be some fireworks. Parades? But of course. Check out the Weekly's guide to some of the most popular and patriotic local events and activities below.

Los Altos

'Glorious Fourth' festival

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shoup Park, 400 University Ave., Los Altos; losaltosca.gov/recreation/page/glorious-4th-0

Los Altos' free annual celebration, the "Glorious Fourth" festival, features live performances from musical groups, including the Ye Olde Towne Band and The Unicorns, along with games, food and other activities.

Los Altos Hills

Fourth of July Parade

9:30-11 a.m. starting at 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills; tinyurl.com/yypztqxm

The 11th annual Fourth of July parade will start with a gathering of participants at the Los Altos Hills Town Hall before marching down Fremont Road dressed in red, white and blue (no horses or fossil-fueled vehicles permitted). The parade will end at Gardner Bullis School, where families and friends can gather for cool drinks and watermelon slices.

Menlo Park

Fourth of July parade and celebration

11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Burgess Park, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park; menlopark.org/1370/Fourth-of-July

Menlo Park's annual Fourth of July parade will begin at 11:45 a.m. at Santa Cruz Avenue and Chestnut Street. Attendees are invited to decorate bikes and wagons but no motor vehicles are allowed. In addition to the parade, the celebration also will include live music from the local band Hella Good, climbing walls, bouncy castles, arts and crafts stations, mini golf and more. The event is free but $10 wristbands are required for some activities.

Mountain View

Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular

5-10 p.m. at Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View; mountainview.gov/depts/cs/events/july4thfireworks.asp

Local children's musician Andy Z will be partnering with the San Francisco Symphony to give a family-friendly performance at the Shoreline Amphitheatre for the 33rd annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular. He will perform at 5 p.m., followed by the symphony's performance.

"I write and perform my own songs," the Redwood City native said. "I'm going to be mixing them into some traditional American songs like 'This Land is Your Land.'"

While this is Andy Z's first time performing for the Fourth of July at Shoreline, he has been performing at Foster City's annual Fourth of July celebration for the past decade. This year he is planning on doing both performances in the same day, with a set starting at noon in Foster City. In previous years, his other traditions included participating in Redwood City's ParadeRun and downtown parade.

"Now my tradition is basically performing, and in the afternoon I'll spend time with my family," he said.

The San Francisco Symphony's performance will begin at 8 p.m. This year's theme is "To the moon and back," celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The symphony will be led by conductor Edwin Outwater with performances from vocalists Capathia Jenkins and Constantine Maroulis. The genres range from classical to pop, and include chart-topping hits as well as songs from movie scores and soundtracks.

The fireworks show will commence at the end of the concert, starting around 9:50 p.m. Tickets to the concert are $15-30, plus a $20 parking fee.

Palo Alto

Chili Cook-off and Summer Festival

Noon to 5 p.m. at Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto; paloaltochilicookoff.com

The City of Palo Alto is hosting the 38th annual Chili Cook-off at Mitchell Park Community Center. The competition, which is sanctioned by the International Chili Society, will begin at noon on July 4. Tickets are $5 and include five tastings and a ballot for the people's choice award. The chili-tasting will begin at 1:30 p.m., and ballots must be submitted by 3:15 p.m. Judges will present awards for first, second and third place, as well as for categories such as "best spirit" and "best decorated booth." There will be an array of food trucks and booths for those who are not fans of chili. Arts and crafts, bouncy houses and lawn games will provide added entertainment for kids.

Redwood City

Pancake Breakfast

7:30-10:30 a.m. at Redwood City Fire Department Station 9, 755 Marshall St., Redwood City

The Redwood City Fire Department is home to the annual Fourth of July pancake breakfast at the main Marshall Street fire station. Breakfast is 7:30-10:30 a.m. and will benefit the Redwood City Firefighters Association.

Parade Run 5K

8-10 a.m., downtown Redwood City; paraderun.org

This family-friendly 5K race along the downtown Redwood City parade route raises money for the Redwood City Education Foundation and Redwood City School District. The race begins at 8 a.m. and is open to people of all ages and ability levels. Attendees will loop around the parade route three times. Adult tickets are $45 and youth tickets are $35. All children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult, and no pets are allowed. Participants can register for the race at sweattracker.com/Registration/ParadeRun.

Independence Day Parade and Festival

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., downtown Redwood City

Redwood City is home to the largest Independence Day parade in Northern California, attracting hundreds of entries and thousands of spectators each year. The parade will begin at the corner of Brewster Avenue and Winslow Street, and the 1.3-mile route circles through the historic downtown area. The parade will include about 200 groups sorted into different classes including categories for floats, bands, drum corps, military groups, drill teams, baton corps, vehicles and equestrian units. Past participants include Miss California, the Redwood City Girl Scouts and the Peninsula Roller Girls. The post-parade festival includes arts and crafts booths, a food court, beer and wine booths, and information booths from community groups, along with a battle of the bands performance between the marching bands of Stanford University and the University of California at Davis.

Chalk Full of Fun on the Square Festival

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway; rwcpaf.org/chalk-full-of-fun-on-the-square---2019.html

Sponsored by University Art, the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission and the Peninsula Celebration Association, the fifth annual chalk-art festival will be held at the Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City on July 3 and 4. Artist teams will be assigned a section of concrete ranging from 9 to 144 square feet depending on skill level and experience. Participants are provided with materials, including chalk, shade, lunch, snacks and water. The finished designs range from simple shapes to pop culture references to intricate designs and optical illusions.


9:30 p.m., Port of Redwood City

The annual fireworks display over the Port of Redwood City will start around 9:30 p.m.


Junior Rodeo and Parade

7:30 a.m. at Mounted Patrol Grounds, 521 Kings Mountain Road; mpsmc.org/rodeo/

The Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County hosts this annual family-friendly tradition, where more than 100 people will participate in events including roping, women's barrel racing, and bull riding at the Mounted Patrol Grounds in Woodside. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for children ages 5 to 18 and free for children under the age of 5.

Editorial Intern Maya Homan can be emailed at mhoman@paweekly.com.


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