Festivities for the Fourth


By Jane Knoerle

Almanac Lifestyles Editor

This year's Independence Day events will include parades, a street fair, carnivals, and a rodeo, but fewer fireworks.

Redwood City has canceled its traditional fireworks show, due to growing costs, and Stanford Lively Arts won't present its Independence Day fireworks and concert for the second year in a row. The concert was called off last year due to campus construction.

There are still plenty of family activities, however, ranging from the Redwood City Fourth of July parade to a pig scramble at the Woodside Junior Rodeo. All the events listed below will be held on Sunday, July Fourth, unless otherwise noted.

Junior Rodeo in Woodside

The 60th annual NorCal Junior Rodeo, sponsored by the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County, will be held Sunday, July Fourth, at the Mounted Patrol grounds at 521 Kings Mountain Road in Woodside.

Gates open at 8 a.m. The full day of events will include cowboys and cowgirls, ages 6 to 18, taking part in team roping, barrel racing, and even a pig scramble for the younger kids. The main events start at noon with the Presentation of the Colors by the Mounted Patrol Color Guard.

Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for ages 6-17, and free for kids 5 and under.

The Mounted Patrol will also hold a dinner-dance at the Mounted Patrol grounds on Saturday, July 3, starting at 6 p.m. For tickets, call 851-8300.

Menlo Park parade, festival

The city of Menlo Park will sponsor a community parade and festival on Sunday, with food, music and activities for all ages.

Kids and their families are invited to dress in red, white and blue and bring decorated tricycles and bikes, wagons, pets and floats to join the July Fourth parade, which begins at 11:45 a.m. Participants should assemble in the Wells Fargo parking lot, corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and Chestnut Street, at 11:30 a.m.

The parade will make its way down Santa Cruz Avenue, across El Camino Real, and end at Burgess Park.

The carnival begins at noon and features games, crafts, bounce houses, a rock-climbing wall, face painting and laser tag. The band, Dave and The Diamonds, will perform.

Wrist bands, required for games and activities, will be sold for $6 each. Food and drink will be sold separately.

Before the parade, Kepler's Books will hold an Independence Day story time at 10:30 a.m. at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. Two historical books, "John, Paul, George & Ben" by Lane Smith, and "Imogene's Last Stand" by Nancy Carpenter and Candace Fleming, will be read. Red, white and blue cupcakes will be served.

Redwood City parade, festival

The 72nd annual parade starts at 10 a.m. at Brewster and Winslow Street and travels through downtown Redwood City.

The parade will feature decorated floats, local performing groups, college bands, horses, and military groups.

The Peninsula Celebration Association is also sponsoring an arts and crafts festival along Middlefield Road from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be more than 60 crafts vendors and food and beverage booths.

The 10th annual Battle of the Bands starts at 1:30 p.m. in the San Mateo Credit Union parking lot with the U.C. Davis Marching Band and the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band competing. The Marshall Law band will play on the entertainment stage from 1 to 5 p.m.

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Old fashioned Fourth at museum

The 100th anniversary of the 1910 San Mateo County Courthouse will be observed at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July Fourth, at the Courthouse Square.

The centennial ceremony will feature many of the original civic groups, including both the Native Sons and the Native Daughters of the Golden West, a 1919 flag-raising ceremony, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Indoors there will be hand-cranked vanilla ice cream and traditional crafts. Children will receive a complimentary activity book. The centennial celebration is free. Admission to the San Mateo County History Museum inside the old Courthouse is $2.50 for adults, $1.50 for students and seniors, and free for kids 5 and under. The old Courthouse is located at 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.

Ragtime piano and barbecue

Nan Bostick of Menlo Park will perform ragtime music, joined by fellow musicians Nick Robinson and Dennis Pash of the Ragtime Skedaddlers on the mandolin, at 3 p.m. Sunday, July Fourth, at the First Baptist Church of Menlo Park, 1100 Middle Ave. at Arbor Road.

Also entertaining will be guitarist/vocalist Meredith Axelrod, percussionist Pete Devine, and pianist Sergey Smirnov. Donations will benefit the U.S.O.

Following the concert, there will be a church barbecue at 5 p.m. with Pastor Rick Lane as head chef. Cost is $5 per person. For more information, call Carol at 323-8544.

Kiwanis Club carnival

The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis will hold its annual Fourth of July carnival on July 3, 4 and 5 in the county government parking lot, corner of Veterans Boulevard and Middlefield Road in Redwood City.

The carnival will feature family-oriented rides. Hours are noon to midnight on Saturday, immediately following the Redwood City parade until midnight Sunday, and noon to 11 p.m. on Monday.

For more information, call Donna Vailancourt at 592-3250.

Fireworks at Shoreline

Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View will be the setting for a performance by the San Francisco Symphony at 8 p.m. on the Fourth. The program will include music by Leonard Bernstein, John Williams, George Gershwin, and John Philip Sousa, followed by a fireworks display. Tickets are $24-$30.

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Isn't that a wonderful show of patriotism and another fun Norman Rockwell kind of 4th of July which seems to continue in spite of all the sad things going on in America..........

What was not mentioned in this article were ALL the places who normally have fireworks and celebration, but this year, were not able to afford them and, THAT is more news to be written about in my opinion.

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