Independence Day events around the mid-Peninsula

Fireworks are illegal on the Mid-Peninsula, but residents can celebrate Independence Day at a variety of events on Wednesday.


Chili Cook Off & Summer Festival, noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, $5 for tasting. Live music; children’s activities; food, beer and shaved ice.


The San Francisco Symphony’s Independence Day concert and fireworks show, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Shoreline Amphitheater, 1 Amphitheater Parkway. $53-$84. Parking: $10.


Pancake breakfast, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Marshall Street fire station, 755 Marshall St. Benefits the Redwood City Firefighters Association.

Independence Day 5K Parade Run, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, the start line is at the corner of Arguello and Marshall streets. In its 42nd year, the race is open to runners, walkers and strollers of all ages. Parade Run kicks off Redwood City’s Independence Day parade.
Independence Day parade, starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Downtown Redwood City.

Independence Day festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Broadway from Jefferson Avenue to Hamilton Street. Features arts and crafts, Battle of the Bands (Stanford vs. UC-Davis), kids area, and food and beverages.

Fireworks at the Port of Redwood City, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, 675 Seaport Blvd. Live music by Fog City Swampers starting at 7 p.m. Public viewing located along waterfront off Seaport Court.


Parade begins at 11:45 a.m. at the Wells Fargo parking lot on Santa Cruz Avenue and Chestnut Street. The parade continues to Burgess Park, 701 Laurel St., where there will be music, food trucks and events for children from noon to 2:30 p.m. The event is free but a $8 wristband is required for some activities.


Junior Rodeo, gates open 7:30 a.m., main event at noon, Mounted Patrol Grounds at 521 Kings Mountain Road, in Woodside. Events at the rodeo include mechanical bull, pony rides, a petting zoo and a pig scramble.


Glorious Fourth Celebration, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Shoup Park, 400 University Ave., free. Live music, food and desserts, face painting, games and a bounce house.


Fireworks show, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Leo Ryan Park, 650 Shell Blvd. The day’s events start at 9 a.m. and end with a fireworks display. Pancake breakfast, family games and a dog parade.


  1. The way this page is laid out, it looks like the Papas and Beer event is taking place in Palo Alto. Alas, it was just an ad. Had my hopes up though.

  2. How is it that the Woodside Jr. Rodeo (listed above) features three innocuous and humane events (mechanical bull riding, petting zoo and pony rides) and one cruel event (“pig scrambles”)? In the latter, scores of screaming children chase, jump on, and drag terrified baby pigs, all for a hoot. What a terrible message to send to impressionable young children about the proper and humane treatment of animals.

    World-renowned animal behaviorist Dr. Temple Grandin has this to say about the latter:

    “The single worst thing you can do to an animal emotionally is to make it feel afraid. Fear is so bad for animals I think it’s worse than pain.”


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