There’ll be no dearth of barbecues, parades or fireworks this Fourth of July weekend along the Peninsula.
Grown out of the 1939 establishment of the Peninsula Association Foundation, the theme for this year’s Redwood City Fourth of July parade is “Through the Eyes of a Child.” Elizabeth Meyers, a Redwood City native who has been attending the parade since the age of 3, will be master of ceremonies for her 13th year and also sing the national anthem.
“It’s a very family-oriented thing,” she said. “I personally attended it as a child and it was one of the most beautiful, fun things I did. People line up their chairs for days ahead. It’s showing support of our nation and our community. It’s a coming together of our society and it’s very exciting and it’s very funny.”
The San Mateo County History Museum is presenting “An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July for Children” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 4 at 2200 Broadway in Redwood City. There will be crafts and ice cream. Admission is $2.50 for adults, $1.50 for seniors/students, free for kids 5 and under.
Also in Redwood City, Cañada College, at 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., will open their upper parking lots on July 4 for the public to view of fireworks displays on the Peninsula. The Cañada campus overlooks Silicon Valley at the southern end of San Mateo County, on Farm Hill Boulevard near Interstate 280. The main entrances on Farm Hill Boulevard and Cañada Road will open at 6:30 p.m. for cars, bikes and pedestrians. In an effort to keep the holiday safe and fun for everyone, no barbequing, cooking, alcohol or fireworks will be allowed. All pets must be on leashes at all times.
In San Mateo, the San Mateo Highlands neighborhood is hosting a Fourth of July parade that travels along Lexington Avenue from Powhatan Place to Newport Street followed by a festival with midway games with a dunk tank and food booths. The 2014 parade theme is “Highlands, the American Dream.” The parade starts at 10 a.m. July 4, while the festival runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parade float awards will be given out at 1 p.m.
“It’s our little neighborhood thing,” said Rick Priola, president of the Highlands Community Association. “The reason we do all this is so everybody stays in the neighborhood, stays home and stays safe.”
The Independence Day Pancake Breakfast in San Mateo runs 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. July 4 and includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, juice and coffee at 229 West 20th Ave. It’s $8 for adults and $3 for children 7 to 12, while children under 6 eat free. Live music will commence at 9 a.m. by the San Mateo Lodge’s Dixieland Band. The pool will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In Foster City, there will be a Family and Dog Parade at 11:05 a.m. July 4 starting at the VIBE Teen Center on Shell Boulevard before making a turn into Leo Ryan Park. The parade ends at the amphitheater. The fireworks display over the Lagoon at Leo Ryan Park begins at 9:30 p.m. sharp.
Half Moon Bay celebrates Independence Day with its classic small town spirit with the popular “Ol’ Fashioned Fourth of July Parade.” Starting at noon, the parade features an array of floats, marching bands, equine groups, classic cars, decorated trikes and bikes, nonprofits, youth sports teams, dance and theater troupes and local dignitaries through the crowded downtown. The parade starts at noon at the south end of Main Street and finishes at Mill Street.
Meanwhile, in San Bruno the Independence Day Party: Barbecue Chicken Lunch and Dancing with DJ Joe Sheldon takes place 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 4 at the San Bruno Community Center, 1555 Crystal Springs Road. It’s $5.
Also on the north side of the Peninsula, the South San Francisco Public Library will host a book reading and discussion of The Wax Bullet War with author Sean Davis in honor of the Independence Day. Davis, a veteran of the Iraq War, will talk about the oddities of a pop-up America in a hostile desert wasteland, losing his best friend in a violent ambush, dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, the horror of what he experienced in that war zone; and, finally, how he rediscovers art and its power to heal. This free event will take place 6:30 p.m. July 7 at Council Chambers, 33 Arroyo Drive.
For more information on the history museum event, please call 299-0104. For information on the San Bruno event, call 616-7150.
(650) 344-5200 ext. 105