Updated: Jul 4
As Independence Day nears, it's time to ready the barbeque and find out where Fourth of July fireworks and other star-spangled celebrations are going on near San Mateo and throughout Peninsula and South Bay communities.
Do note the date of events, as not all occur on July 4th. Plus, always confirm with organizers that activities are proceeding as planned.
Enjoy the holiday, and Happy Fourth of July, from Patch!
JULY 4: July 4th 'World's Shortest Parade' & Party In Park. Short & sweet! Don't miss the fun.
----------- BELMONT: JULY 2: July 2nd Summer Concert - Fred McCarty & Co., Pure Country: Twin Pines Park. Free & family-friendly with lawn seating.
----------- BOULDER CREEK: JULY 4: 4th Of July Parade & Block Party. "A mountain town tradition!"
----------- CUPERTINO: JULY 4: July 4th Pancake Breakfast, Concert & Fireworks. Concert headliner is Arena Band, with '70s tunes. ----------- FELTON: JULY 4: Roaring Camp Railroads 4th Of July Fun & BBQ. Both Redwood Forest Steam Train & Santa Cruz Beach Train running. -----------
FOSTER CITY: JULY 4: July 4th Fest, Parade, Music & Fireworks. All-day extravaganza begins with a pancake breakfast! ----------- GILROY: JULY 1-4: Gilroy Gardens July 4th Celebration Days. With festive food, drinks & family fun, plus free entry for military. JULY 4: 4th of July Fireworks Show. Viewing from nearby neighborhoods & Christmas Hill Park. -----------
HALF MOON BAY: JULY 4: Ol' Fashioned July 4th Pancake Breakfast, Parade & Block Party. Charming Main Street transforms into festive red, white & blue downtown celebration. ----------- LOS ALTOS HILLS: JULY 4: Annual 4th Of July Parade. Ends with "refreshing beverage & a juicy watermelon treat!" ----------- LOS GATOS: JULY 4: 4th Of July Symphony In Park, Carousel & Kids' Fun. Afternoon includes Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad, inflatables, food trucks, beer & wine garden & more!
----------- MENLO PARK: JULY 4: 4th Of July Celebration & Parade. Deck out your bikes, trikes & wagons & join the parade! ----------- MILLBRAE: JULY 4: July 4th Beats, Brews & Vines. Free downtown event with live music, dancing & food. -----------
MILPITAS: JUNE 30: Independence Day Pool Party & Movie. Festive kick-off to the holiday weekend. JULY 4: July 4th 'Red, White & BOOM!' Concert & Fireworks. With kids' zone, food trucks, bounce house & Sacred Fire Band. ----------- MORGAN HILL: JULY 3: July 3rd Patriotic Sing & Family Music Fest: Freedom Fest. Multiple stages & lots of fun! JULY 4: Freedom Fest July 4th Run, Car Cruise, Parade & Fireworks. 2023 Theme: 'A Star Spangled Celebration!'
----------- MOUNTAIN VIEW: JULY 4: July 4th Picnics & On-The-Water Fireworks Viewing: Shoreline Lake. Reserve fireworks-viewing watercrafts soon, if interested. JULY 4: 4th Of July Fireworks & SF Symphony: Shoreline Amphitheatre. A festive spectacular! ----------- PACIFICA: JULY 4: 4th Of July Celebration: Frontierland Park. With live music, games, face painting & more.
----------- PALO ALTO: JULY 4: 4th Of July Summer Festival & Chili Cook-Off: Mitchell Park. Includes live music, food trucks & kid activities. ----------- REDWOOD CITY: JULY 3-4: Chalk Full of Fun - Chalk Festival. In Courthouse Square. JULY 4: Firefighter Pancake Breakfast. Proceeds benefit Redwood City Firefighters Association.
JULY 4: July 4th Parade, Fest & Fireworks. With fireworks display visible throughout mid-Peninsula. ----------- SAN FRANCISCO: JULY 1: Fourth of July Bar Crawl. DJ & games, too. JULY 3: SF Giants vs. Seattle Mariners Baseball Game & Fireworks Night. Tickets on sale for Oracle Park game. JULY 4: 4th Of July Pub Crawl & Hot Dog-Eating Contest. "The perfect pre-party before San Francisco Fourth of July Fireworks."
JULY 4: Golden Gate Park Band July 4th Concert, Bandshell. Event is free! JULY 4: 4th Of July Fireworks: Fisherman's Wharf. Display launches from two barges on the bay. ----------- SAN JOSE: JULY 3: SJ Giants vs. Modesto Nuts Baseball Game & Fireworks. Tickets on sale. JULY 4: July 4th Rose, White & Blue Parade & Festival: The Alameda. With food trucks, art, car cruise & community.
JULY 4: July 4th Fireworks: Discovery Meadow Park. "A night of dazzling entertainment." JULY 4: July 4th Fireworks Festival: Almaden Lake Park. With food court, concerts, costume contest & more. ----------- SAN MATEO: JUNE 30-JULY 2: 4th Of July Weekend FoodieLand Night Market. Get your holiday weekend started! JULY 4: 4th Of July In The Park - Concert & Kids' Fun. Free event at Central Park.
----------- SANTA CLARA: JULY 4: 4th Of July All City Picnic, Concerts & Swim. Kids' zone planned for ages 3-12. JULY 4: July 4th Celebration, BBQ & Fireworks: California's Great America. Waterpark will be open, too. ----------- SANTA CRUZ: JULY 4: July 4th Firecracker 10K, 5K & Kids' 1K Runs. Finale at Harvey West Park with music, post-race burritos & awards.
JULY 4: July 4th Old-Fashioned Independence Day: Wilder Ranch State Park. Day features parade, lawn games, blacksmith demos, live music, hand-cranked ice cream, 'The Star-Spangled Banner' sing-along & more! ----------- SARATOGA: JULY 4: July 4th McCartysville Band Patriotic Concert & Park Fest. "Be part of the celebrations by dressing up as a historic character. " ----------- SCOTTS VALLEY: JULY 4: July 4th Parade & Flyover (No Fireworks.) Event time is earlier this year due to fireworks cancellation.
----------- WATSONVILLE: JULY 4: 'Spirit Of Watsonville' 4th Of July Parade: Downtown. This year's theme: "Stars, Stripes & Strawberries." ----------- WOODSIDE: JULY 3-4: July 4th Mounted Patrol Junior Rodeo & BBQ. Family-friendly event, in its 71st year, hosted by The Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County. -----------