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Community - June 27, 2018

Celebrating the Fourth of July with a parade, music, fireworks

by Lauren Kelmar

As Independence Day approaches, many families are looking for ways to mark the occasion by joining others in community celebrations and activities. For those eager to celebrate, there are numerous events listed below scheduled for Wednesday, the Fourth of July.

Menlo Park

Menlo Park will hold its annual Fourth of July parade in downtown Menlo Park and its post-parade celebration at Burgess Park.

Parade participants are asked to meet at Santa Cruz Avenue and Chestnut Street by 11:45 a.m.

Kids and families are encouraged to decorate their bike, tricycle, or wagon and join the parade from downtown to Burgess Park.

Once at Burgess Park, participants can enjoy live music, carnival games, jump houses, rock walls, face painting, putt putt golf, and many other activities.

Live music this year will be performed by Mustache Harbor, a band known for its vintage soft rock, classic songs, and mustaches.

The event is free, but an $8 wristband is required for certain activities, and can be purchased at the parade.


The Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County will hold its annual Woodside Junior Rodeo and Parade at the Mounted Patrol Grounds, located at 521 Kings Mountain Road in Woodside.

Gates open at 7:30 a.m., but the rodeo starts at noon with a special Color Guard presentation. The event will include pony rides, a petting zoo, a mechanical bull, a pig scramble, and other activities.

Admission to the rodeo is $18 for adults 18 and over, $15 for children ages 6 through 17, and free for kids, ages 5 and under.

The night before the rodeo, the Mounted Patrol will host a pre-rodeo dinner and dance, also on the Mounted Patrol Grounds. The dinner starts at 6 p.m.

History Museum in Redwood City

The San Mateo County History Museum will present "An Old Fashioned Fourth of July" for children and adults at the museum, in the former county courthouse at 2200 Broadway in Redwood City. The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Children will be invited to hand-crank and taste homemade vanilla ice cream while adults will have the chance to view vintage films of the San Francisco Peninsula from the museum's archives starting at 1 p.m.

Museum admission will be half-price for the day: $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and students, and free for kids 5 and under.

Fireworks at Shoreline

Farther south on the Peninsula, the day can be capped by the 32nd annual Fireworks Spectacular at Shoreline Amphitheatre at 1 Amphitheatre Parkway in Mountain View. The San Francisco Symphony performs in a concert starting at 8 p.m.

"A Celebration of Heroes" will feature music from the films "The Incredibles," "Toy Story 2," and "Finding Nemo." A performance by Capathia Jenkins singing "Girl on Fire," "I Will Survive" and more is also on the program.

Ticket prices begin at $25 and are on sale at Livenation.com. There is a $10 parking fee.


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