Sunday: Menlo Park July Fourth parade, festival


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The city of Menlo Park will sponsor a community parade and festival on Sunday, July Fourth, 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.

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