By Jackie Gerson | Special to the Almanac
As is the tradition around here, there are many local ways to celebrate the Fourth, including parades, festivals, fireworks and the Woodside Junior Rodeo.
Menlo Park will hold its annual community parade along Santa Cruz Avenue everyone is invited to join followed by a festival for the entire family in the Burgess Park.
Those who want to join the parade should meet at 11:45 a.m. in the parking lot on Chestnut Street behind the Wells Fargo Bank. Decorated wagons and bikes in red, white, and blue are encouraged along with any patriotic outfits.
After the parade, the crowd gathers from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Burgess Park, where there will be inflatable jump houses, giant slides, rock climbing, laser tag, games, crafts, face painting and live music from Mustache Harbor.
Food trucks will sell food and drinks. While admission is free, some activities require a wristband, which costs $7. Wristbands can be bought in advance at the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium (600 Alma St. in the Civic Center), which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County will again be hosting the annual Woodside Junior Rodeo, starting at 8 a.m. at the Mounted Patrol Grounds, located at 521 Kings Mountain Road in Woodside.
More than a hundred young boys and girls will test their rodeo skills, which include roping, women's barrel racing, and bull riding. There will also be pony rides, a mechanical bull, a pig scamble, a petting zoo and prizes.
Call (650) 851-8300 for information and tickets. Tickets can also be bought at the gate.
On Sunday night, July 3, a dinner/dance will be held at the Mounted Patrol Grounds. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a barbecue chicken dinner. Dancing to the tunes of the "Big Fun Disc Jockey Light Show" starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under, and free for age 5 and under. Call (650) 851-8300 to make a reservation.
With a parade, festival, fun run, breakfast, and fireworks, Redwood City is a major local attraction for July Fourth.
The morning will kick off at the Marshall Street Fire Station with a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., a benefit for the Redwood City Firefighters Associations.
The 5K Parade Run in Redwood City begins at 8:45 a.m. and follows the route the parade will take, ending on Arguello Street. Anyone is welcome to participate whether they walk, run, or stroll. Proceeds go to the Redwood City Education Foundation to fund music programs.
Go to paraderun.org to register online for the run.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. and the festival at 1 p.m. with local artists, food vendors, and a battle of the Stanford and UC Davis bands on Marshall Street.
The San Mateo County History Museum at 2200 Broadway hosts an "Old Fashioned Fourth of July" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children can hand-crank homemade ice cream and create crafts to celebrate the holiday. At 1 p.m., adults are welcome to watch vintage films of the San Francisco Peninsula. Admission to the museum will be at half price: $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, and free for children 5 and under.
Fireworks over the Port of Redwood City start at about 9:30 p.m. and can be seen from all over the Midpeninsula.
Go to parade.org for more information.