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Archived News Release from 2010

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Celebrate the “Family 4th” in Downtown Redwood City – Food, Games, Parade, Festival, Tons of Family Fun!

Redwood City, CA - June 29, 2010 – The 4th of July Redwood City tradition continues, as the Peninsula Celebration Association (PCA) brings tons of family fun all day long to Downtown Redwood City. It’s the “Family 4th,” and the entire community is invited to join family, friends, and neighbors for a spectacular day of celebration at the finest 4th of July party on the peninsula. All of the day’s details and a site map are online at

The day starts with a gourmet pancake breakfast benefit by the Redwood City Firefighters Association from 7:30 – 10:30 am, then the 33rd annual Parade Fun Run starting at 9 am, and the annual Redwood City 4th of July Parade with floats, bands, vintage vehicles, and more kicks off at 10 am - it’s the largest Independence Day Parade in northern California! This year’s theme is, “The Magic of Green!”

Throughout the day there is an incredible variety of fun family activities - live entertainment, food and beverages, battle of the bands, fabulous kids’ area with face-painting, bounce houses, arts and crafts, and more, and an incredible car show at Courthouse Square. Plus, a ride-filled carnival will be underway at Middlefield Road and Veterans Boulevard, sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Woodside Terrace AM (July 3 – 5).

And, the San Mateo County Historical Association is organizing the Courthouse Centennial Ceremony for the old Courthouse Building on beautiful Courthouse Square, home of the San Mateo County History Museum. This portion of the day’s events features special presentations during the Redwood City Parade, and great Family Day activities including old-fashioned 4th of July crafts with hand churned ice cream and distribution of a free 32-page activity book for kids.

Please note that a fireworks display will not be provided this year. PCA reports that in the current economic environment it has been difficult to generate the funding and sponsorship needed to support the fireworks show. Both the PCA and Redwood City regret this situation, but remind the community that this year’s festival, parade, and other activities will be second-to-none. Over 40,000 people are expected to participate, as Redwood City’s 4th of July extravaganza is renowned throughout the region.

The PCA thanks this year’s generous sponsors of the Redwood City 4th of July Celebration:, San Mateo Credit Union, Friends of the PCA, Recology San Mateo County, Redwood City Women’s Club, St. Regal Jewelers, Jigsaw Java, Redwood City,T&H Lumber, County of San Mateo, Woodside Portola Private Patrol, and Graniterock. Also, a heartfelt thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers who make this fabulous event happen.

The Peninsula Celebration Association is very proud that the members of their organization have been involved since 1939 as a true volunteer group. Their goal is to help make Redwood City not just a place to live, but a real community of people who care. Visit their website at

Visit Redwood City’s website at for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and local business. Subscribe to Redwood City’s electronic newsletter or other City documents at


Malcolm Smith
Redwood City

Robert Slusser           
Peninsula Celebration Association


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