The city will be holding its annual Independence Day parade in downtown Menlo Park and holiday fair in Burgess Park.
Parade participants are asked to assemble by 11:45 a.m. in the Wells Fargo bank parking lot at Chestnut Street and Santa Cruz Avenue.
Kids are encouraged to decorate bikes and wagons and join the parade, which will move up Santa Cruz Avenue and end at Burgess Park, where they and their families can partake of inflatable jumpy houses, giant slides, arts and crafts, face painting, a rock climbing wall, and other activities.
The Burgess Park fair, sponsored by Facebook, will feature live music from the band Pop Fiction, known for performing soulful classics and danceable oldies by artists including Stevie Wonder and The Beatles.
Wristbands will be available for purchase at the fair for $7 and will be required in order to participate in some of the activities.
The Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County will hold the annual Woodside Junior Rodeo at the Mounted Patrol Grounds, located at 521 Kings Mountain Road in Woodside.
Gates open at 7:30 a.m., with the main event starting at noon. The event will include roping competitions, women's barrel racing, and bull riding. There will also be pony rides, a mechanical bull, a pig scramble, and a petting zoo.
Admission to the rodeo is $15 for those 18 and over, and $10 for children, ages 6 through 17. Free admission will be given to children under 6 years old. Tickets may be ordered in advance by phone at (650) 851-8300, or purchased at the gate.
The night before the rodeo, the Mounted Patrol will host a dinner and dance, also on the Mounted Patrol Grounds. Barbecue chicken will be served starting at 6 p.m., followed by dancing at 8 p.m.
Admission to the dinner and dance is $20 for those 12 and over and $10 for children under 12.
The San Francisco Symphony performs classic songs from the "Summer of Love," such as Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart" and the Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love." Admission is $34.25 to the concert, which starts at 8 p.m. at Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway in Mountain View.
The Redwood City Independence Day Parade will commence with a cannon blast at 10 a.m. at the corner of Brewster Avenue and Winslow Street in Redwood City.
Following the parade, a Fourth of July festival will be held in the vicinity of Hamilton Street, Broadway and Jefferson Avenue. The festival will feature local artists and a battle of the bands between Stanford and U.C. Davis.
Before the parade, a 5k race will start at 8 a.m., and will consist of running around the parade course three times. A pancake breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the fire station at 755 Marshall St.
Breakfast proceeds will go to the Redwood City Firefighters Association.
To conclude the celebration, a fireworks show will start at 9:30 p.m. at the port of Redwood City.
Visit parade.org for more information.
The San Mateo County History Museum will host "An Old Fashioned Fourth of July for Children and Adults" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum in the former courthouse at 220 Broadway in Redwood City.
Children will have the opportunity to hand-crank and taste homemade, vanilla ice cream, while adults will be invited to view vintage films of the San Francisco Peninsula from the museum's archives, starting at 1 p.m.
Admission will be half price on July Fourth: $3 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens. Children under 5 will be admitted free.
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