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For Immediate Release
June 6, 2013

Malcolm Smith
Public Communications Manager

4th of July Parade, Festival in the Heart of Downtown Redwood City, Plus Fireworks at the Port!

Redwood City, CA - The 75th annual 4th of July Parade by the Peninsula Celebration Association - a Family 4th - is the premier holiday parade in the region, and the entire community is invited to join the fun right in the heart of Downtown Redwood City! This beloved event brings thousands of excited spectators to see an incredible array of parade participants, floats, and festivities. The parade and festival is an integral part of the wonderful renaissance of Redwood City's Downtown core, with its great selection of restaurants, shops, theaters, and more. Plus, spectators will love the great 4th of July fireworks show launched from the Port of Redwood City.

Get 4th of July details at

The parade begins at 10 am, and the route starts on Marshall Street at the corner of Winslow Street, and continues on Marshall, Main Street, Middlefield Road, Winslow Street, Broadway, and onto Arguello Street where it ends near Alden Street (see map at

The 27th annual Independence Day Festival will cover several blocks in the heart of Downtown Redwood City, starting at 9 am (parts of Broadway, Hamilton, Middlefield, Jefferson, and in Courthouse Square). Filled with arts and crafts, food and beverages, kids' activities, and a whole lot of good old fashioned family fun, the festival is the place to be on the 4th of July! Plus the annual 4th of July carnival, coordinated by the Woodside Terrace Kiwanis Club, will be in the parking lot at Veterans Blvd. and Winslow Street.

The 4th of July fireworks will be launched from the Port of Redwood City! This wonderful show is brought to the community by Redwood City with Presenting Sponsorship by Sims Metal Management, and generous support from RocketFuel, The Pauls Corporation, SARES REGIS, Informatica, San Mateo Credit Union, Lyngso, and the Port of Redwood City.

  • The fireworks extravaganza will start at approximately 9:30 pm.
  • 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.
  • For those coming to the Port, early arrival is highly recommended! This area is mostly private property with very limited public parking.
  • The Port is providing a public viewing area along the waterfront off of Seaport Court. Once all of the very limited public parking spaces are 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 pm - so be sure to plan accordingly.
  • Alcohol is prohibited on-site at the fireworks show, and personal fireworks are illegal at all times in Redwood City.

Families can also enjoy a special Pancake Breakfast benefiting the Redwood City Firefighters Association at the Downtown Redwood City Fire Station #9, 755 Marshall Street, and join the 4th of July ParadeRun fundraising 5K run/walk, to benefit the Redwood City Education Foundation. Plus, the 4th of July "Go For It!" Car Show and Celebration takes place on the 2600 block of Broadway. 

The Peninsula Celebration Association's Family 4th is also an opportunity to volunteer and be part of making this event a great success - go to and click on "Volunteer!"

The entire community is invited to join in the Family 4th by the Peninsula Celebration Association, in cooperation with the City of Redwood City!  

Here's a handy overview schedule: 

  • Pancake Breakfast at Fire Station #9 - 7:30 - 10:30 am  
  • 4th of July ParadeRun - 8:45 am 
  • Car Show - 9 am 
  • Festival - 9 am
  • Parade - 10 am
  • Fireworks - 9:30 pm   

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