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Activities for the whole family will draw thousands of visitors

Post Date:06/26/2015 10:42 AM

For Immediate Release 
June 26, 2015

Media contact: 
Meghan Horrigan

Redwood City, Calif. - Redwood City will celebrate this Fourth of July 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 at 10 a.m., a pancake breakfast, a 5k run, a car show, concerts, and fireworks launched from the Port of Redwood City.

"Redwood City shines every Fourth of July," said Jeffrey Gee, Redwood City mayor. "The City Council would like to thank all partners and sponsors for their work to organize the many events that draw visitors from all over the region. These supporters help make Redwood City a community for all ages to enjoy every Independence Day. Our family-friendly Fourth of July Parade is the biggest on the Peninsula, and our annual fireworks display at the Port always attracts thousands of viewers." 

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

Combined Fourth of July Celebration Events Schedule
7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Pancake Breakfast with Redwood City Fire Department
8:45 a.m. Parade Run 5k (check-in 7-8:30 a.m.)
7 a.m.- 4 p.m. Chalk Full of Fun 
9 a.m. Car show
10 a.m. July Fourth Parade 
Directly following the parade to midnight Carnival (and also Sunday from 12 p.m.-10 p.m.) 
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Festival 
12 p.m. Concert in the Square with Marshall Law Band 
7 p.m. Concert at the Port with Livewire 
9:30 p.m. Fireworks Celebration 

Celebration Guide

The 77th Annual Fourth of July Parade by the Peninsula Celebration Association begins at 10 a.m. in the heart of downtown. The route starts on Marshall Street at the corner of Winslow, and continues on Marshall, Main Street, Middlefield, Winslow, Broadway, and onto Arguello where it ends near Alden. The theme of the 2015 parade is "Our American Heritage, The Fabulous 50's". Miss California will make her first public appearance after being crowned as a guest of honor in the parade and she plans to attend festival activities as well. 

Please note that placement of any chairs, barricades, coolers, tape etc. upon the sidewalk or street for the parade is prohibited prior to 12 a.m. on July 4, 2015. Any chairs, barricades, coolers, tape etc. placed upon the sidewalk or street prior to July 4, 2015 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.

The 29th Annual Independence Day Festival starts at 9 a.m. and offers arts and crafts, food, beverages, and kids activities covering several square city blocks. 

The Annual Fourth of July Carnival, coordinated by the Woodside Terrace Kiwanis Club, begins after the parade and goes until midnight and then again on Sunday, July 5, 2015 from 12 p.m.-10 p.m. It will be located in the parking lot at Veterans Blvd. and Winslow Street. 

The Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza takes place at the Port of Redwood City. There will be food trucks available from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. The fireworks show will begin at 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. For those coming to the Port, early arrival is highly recommended, as the area is private property with very limited public parking. The Port is providing a public viewing area along the waterfront off of Seaport Court. 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.

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.

The fireworks display is brought to the community by the City of Redwood City, with Presenting Sponsorship by Rocket Fuel, and generous support from Informatica, SARES REGIS, Sims Metal Management, San Mateo Credit Union, Recology, and the Port of Redwood City. 

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 shoreline to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with over 84,000 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 features 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 @RedwoodCity on Twitter. To learn more about Redwood City’s downtown and to plan a visit, go to



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