#50 – 4th of July Parade and Festivities

The 4th of July Redwood City tradition continues, as the Peninsula Celebration Association (PCA) brings tons of family fun all day long to Downtown Redwood City. It’ll be another great family 4th, and the entire community is invited to join family, friends, and neighbors for a spectacular day of celebration at the finest 4th of July party on the peninsula. All of the day’s details are online on PCA’s website at www.parade.org.

The day starts with a gourmet pancake breakfast benefit by the Redwood City Firefighters Association from 7:30 – 10:30 am at Station 9, 755 Marshall Street ($6 adults/$4 kids). As a special treat, as part of the Redwood City Fire Department’s 150th anniversary, there will be an antique fire engine display behind the fire department, at 700 Bradford Street.

Then comes the annual Parade Fun Run, this year benefitting the Redwood City Education Foundation. Information and registration is at www.paraderun.org. The race starts at 8:45 am at Brewster and Arguello streets, and goes 3.5 miles along the Redwood City parade route. Proceeds from the Parade Run support RCEF funding of music in our Redwood City schools.

After the run, the fabulous 4th of July extravaganza gets fully underway! It’s the 73rd Annual Independence Day Parade starting at 10 am. This year’s featured theme will recognize the Redwood City Fire Department’s remarkable 150 years of service. Leading the parade will be fire-fighting units from a number of local cities, including antique fire-fighting equipment. There will also be a fly-over of a restored Vietnam era Huey helicopter. The fly-over is sponsored by the Living Room Lounge at 2048 Broadway in Redwood City. This year’s parade is expected to have over 1,500 participants representing 78 organizations and will include the newly crowned Miss California, bands, floats, equestrian units, drill teams, vintage vehicles, and local performing groups.

The Annual Independence Day Festival will be going on from 9 am to 5 pm with fabulous arts and crafts vendors, a Main Stage featuring live entertainment, food booths, a children’s entertainment stage, and info booths from local non-profit service organizations. The festival will also have a children’s play area which benefits Adelante School. And, the ever-popular Battle of the Bands between Stanford University and UC Davis, plus a Classic Car Show from 8 am to 4 pm on Broadway featuring custom and classic vehicles with live entertainment in the Court House Square.

Please note that a fireworks display will not be provided this year. PCA reports that in the current economic environment it has been difficult to generate the funding and sponsorship needed to support the fireworks show. Both the PCA and Redwood City regret this situation, but remind the community that this year’s festival, parade, and other activities will be second-to-none. Over 40,000 people are expected to participate, as Redwood City’s 4th of July extravaganza is renowned throughout the region.

The Peninsula Celebration Association is very proud that the members of their organization have been involved since 1939 as a true volunteer group. Their goal is to help make Redwood City not just a place to live, but a real community of people who care. Visit their website at www.parade.org.

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