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Members of the Redwood City Council enjoy the festivities during 2012’s Fourth of July parade.
Take a break midweek to celebrate the Fourth of July locally with music, food, games and even fireworks.
Fun runs and park outings are part of the family-friendly options offered this year in Redwood City, Foster City, San Mateo and Half Moon Bay. Few surprises can be expected this year. Instead, it’s about maintaining rich traditions for celebrating all things red, white and blue on the Peninsula.
Redwood City and Foster City both offer a full day of celebrating.
Starting at 7:30 a.m., a pancake breakfast will be served at Fire Station 9, 755 Marshall St. It might be a great way to carbo-load before taking part in the Fourth of July Parade Run, a 5K fundraiser benefiting the Redwood City Education Foundation. Runners take off at 8:45 a.m. At 9 a.m., the “Go For It!” car show will kick off on the 2600 block of Broadway.
Runners normally clear the way by 10 a.m., when the parade starts. This year’s theme, “Seventy Five Years of Pageantry,” will be explored along the parade route which starts at Winslow and Marshall streets, goes down Marshall and turns right on Main Street, then right on Middlefield Road, right on Winslow Street and a left on Arguello Street, ending at Arguello and Alden streets.
The San Mateo County History Museum will get into the spirit as well. Children are invited to hand-crank homemade vanilla ice cream at the 103-year-old county courthouse in Redwood City. Then, those who help make it, can take a taste of the cool treat from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the museum will be half price all day — $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for seniors and students over 5.
Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. and will be launched from the Port of Redwood City. Public parking near the port is limited. However, there will be a public viewing area for those who want a front-row seat.
Foster City is also taking an all-day approach with this patriotic holiday. The all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, hosted by the Foster City Rotary Club, is 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the meadow at Leo Ryan Park, 650 Shell Blvd. It is $10 for adults, $4 for kids ages 5 to 13, and free for those under 5. For more information call 345-4047.
The family and dog parade begins at 11:05 a.m. Registration will be held the hour prior at the Recreation Center on Shell Boulevard. From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., arts and craft vendors will be set up at Leo Ryan Park. A barbecue, sponsored by the Lions Club, will begin at 11:30 a.m. with last call at 4:45 p.m. There will be family games and concerts throughout the afternoon. Andy Z will take the stage for a 45-minute show at noon. Uphill Both Ways performs at 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Whiskey Dawn will take the stage from 7 p.m. until 9:15 p.m.
Fireworks start promptly at 9:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to walk or bike to the event. Bring a blanket but not a tarp.
Those interested in celebrating the holiday on the coast should consider taking part in the Ol’ Fashioned Fourth of July parade starting at noon on Main Street in Half Moon Bay. Pancakes will be served from 8 a.m. to noon at Mac Dutra Park on Main Street before the parade.
The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay will also host festivities this Thursday. Featuring pro-surfers, Adam Replogle and Peter Mel, the Fourth celebration will include a barbecue buffet on the gazebo lawn, outdoor movie showings including “Chasing Mavericks,” the relaxation of special spa treatments pre-party, plus the recreational fun of Segway and bike tours. Northern California’s only ultra-luxury resort is an exceptional place to be this Independence Day.
The buffet, which is $75 per person or $37.50 for those 5 to 12 years old, starts at 3:30 p.m. For more information on activities call 712-7000.
San Mateo is celebrating Fourth of July in Central Park from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fitzgerald Field will be full of fun with classic carnival games, a rock climbing wall, music and more. The Capt’n Jack Spareribs Show goes on at 1:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Furs, Scales and Tails show starts at 3:30 p.m. The Central Park Music Series finishes the day with Apple Z, which performs dance/party music. Buy food from your favorite vendor or bring a picnic to share with the family.
Remember, safe and sane fireworks are only allowed in two cities — San Bruno and Pacifica. Booths selling fireworks are up and open for business. Items purchased from the booths benefiting local nonprofits need to be used in one of those two cities only.
In Pacifica, the City Council recently accepted recommendations from the Fireworks Task Force Committee to limit the use of fireworks on Linda Mar Beach to an area extending about 10 feet east of the tideline and north of the Taco Bell to the north end of the Linda Mar Beach parking lot. There are two alternative sites being provided for setting off fireworks — the asphalt areas of the south Linda Mar Beach parking lot and the south Rockaway Beach parking lot. Fireworks are not allowed on any other beach areas in Pacifica.
Both cities increase enforcement for the holiday. Possession of fireworks other than those deemed as “safe and sane” is illegal. There is a zero tolerance policy toward those possessing illegal fireworks. Those individuals are subject to arrest and a $1,000 administrative fine.
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