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Celebrate Redwood City's 150th Anniversary at this Year's Fourth of July Celebration

Post Date:06/15/2017 4:06 PM
Celebrate Redwood City's 150th Anniversary at this Year's Fourth of July Celebration
Entire day of free events for all ages to enjoy and celebrate

Redwood City, Calif. - The City of Redwood City announced today the event schedule and line-up for this year's Fourth of July celebration. The City's Sesquicentennial festivities continue at this year's Fourth of July celebration with an entire day of events for all ages to enjoy. The City expects thousands of visitors and residents to attend the many free activities planned this year, such as the annual parade downtown, a pancake breakfast, a 5k run, Chalk Full of Fun, concerts, and fireworks launched from the Port of Redwood City.


Personal fireworks are illegal at all times in Redwood City. To learn more about ways you can reduce your fire risk in the community go here.


If you're planning to attend but unsure of everything Redwood City has to offer this July Fourth, use the celebration schedule and guide below.


Combined Fourth of July (Tuesday, July 4th) Celebration Events Schedule

7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Pancake Breakfast with Redwood City Fire Department at 755 Marshall Street
8:30 a.m. Parade Run 5k (check-in 6:15-7:45 a.m.)
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Chalk Full of Fun on Courthouse Square (Also, Monday 7/3 8-6 p.m.)
9 a.m. Car show at Broadway and El Camino
10 a.m. July 4th Parade
Carnival (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) from 12 p.m.-10 p.m. and also directly following the parade on Tuesday to 10 p.m.)
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Festival
7 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. Concert at the Port with the Tribal Blues Band
9:30 p.m. Fireworks Celebration


Celebration Guide

The 79th Annual Fourth of July Parade by the Peninsula Celebration Association begins at 10 a.m. in the heart of Downtown Redwood City. The theme of the 2017 parade is "Celebrate Redwood City 150, 1867-2017, discover our History, honor our Diversity, and explore our Neighborhoods." The route winds its way downtown, starting on Winslow Street at the corner of Brewster, and continuing on Winslow to Marshall Street, Main Street, Middlefield Road, Winslow, to Broadway, and onto Arguello where it ends on the corner of Alden Street. A map of the parade route can be found here.


The 31st Annual Independence Day Festival starts at 9 a.m. offering arts and crafts, food, beverages, a battle of the bands, and kids' activities covering several square city blocks. For a map of the festival, visit:


The Annual Fourth of July Carnival, coordinated by the Woodside Terrace Kiwanis Club, begins after the parade and goes until midnight. It will be located in the parking lot at Veterans Blvd. and Winslow Street.


Chalk Full of Fun takes place this year over two days starting Monday, July 3rd between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Downtown Redwood City. For the event flyer, visit:


The San Mateo County History Museum will present "An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July" within its museum, the 107-year-old county courthouse in Redwood City. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. children will be invited to hand-crank homemade vanilla ice cream and then take a taste. They will also make traditional Independence Day crafts to take home with them. Beginning at 1 p.m., adults will be invited to view vintage films of the San Francisco Peninsula from the Museum's archives. Museum admission will be half-price that day: $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and students and, as always, free for kids five and under. Activities will take place to coincide with the famous Redwood City Independence Day parade. For more information visit, 


The Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza takes place at the Port of Redwood City and is brought to the community by the City of Redwood City, with  Presenting Sponsor "Boardwalk Chevrolet"; Supporting Sponsorship by Sares Regis, Sims Metal Management, Recology, W.L. Butler, County Consumer Plumbing Service & Repair Group, Port of Redwood City, and City of Redwood City. There will be food trucks available from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. The Tribal Blues Band will play at the Port's waterfront access area from 7 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. The fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. The fireworks can be seen from areas where there is a clear view of the skies above the Port, and can also be seen from high points all over the Peninsula. The Port is providing a public viewing area along the waterfront off of Seaport Court. Portable restrooms and sinks will be available. BBQs are not permitted, alcohol is prohibited on-site at the fireworks show, and personal fireworks are illegal at all times in Redwood City. Pets, especially dogs, should also be left at home, as they can be frightened by loud noises. Also, leave a radio on at home to help keep your pets calm in case illegal fireworks are used in your neighborhood. For more information on the Fireworks Extravaganza go here.


Port Event Parking and Limited Vehicular Access


For those coming to the Port, early arrival is highly recommended, as the area is private property with very limited public parking. Once public parking is filled, Seaport Boulevard will be closed to all vehicle traffic at the intersection of Seaport/Blomquist. Once the intersection has been closed, no vehicle access to the Port area will be available. This traffic control restriction could occur as early as 7:30 p.m.


Downtown Event Parking


Please note that Jefferson Avenue Garage, Box 900 Garage and the San Mateo County Garage will not be accessible during the parade. The parking lot behind the post office will also be blocked off. Parking is free for on-street parking spaces and in the surface parking lots. There is a cost to park in the parking garages. A map of Downtown Redwood City parking is available at


Fourth of July Parade Chair Policy


Placement of any chairs, barricades, coolers, tape, or other options upon the sidewalk or street for the parade is prohibited prior to 12 a.m. on July 4, 2017. Any chairs, barricades, coolers, tape or other options placed upon the sidewalk or street prior to July 4, 2017 will be removed and stored at the Redwood City Corporation Yard at 1400 Broadway. Confiscated items may be picked up at the City Corporation Yard between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. during normal business hours. The Corporation Yard is closed on July 4.


For more information on Redwood City's Fourth of July celebration events, visit:
About the City of Redwood City 
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco Peninsula to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with 85,992 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: "Climate Best by Government Test". Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county's old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city's vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. For more information, visit the City of Redwood City's website at, or follow Redwood City on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.
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