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Celebrate the Fourth of July in Redwood City

Post Date:06/21/2018 3:53 PM


Media Contact:
Meghan Horrigan, City Manager's Office

Celebrate the Fourth of July in Redwood City

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 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 show launched from the Port of Redwood City.


The City of Redwood City is also reminding community members that fireworks are illegal at all times in Redwood City. Recently, the City Council approved increased fines of up to $1,000 to reduce the use of fireworks in the community. In addition, the California Health and Safety Code penalties can be up to $50,000 and potential jail time if caught using illegal fireworks. The City is encouraging the community to stay safe this Fourth of July weekend by joining in a campaign to eliminate the use of fireworks, offering lawn signs to educate neighbors. Lawn signs are available for residents to pick up at Red Morton, Community Activities Building, Redwood Shores Library, and Fair Oaks Community Center.  To learn more about the risk of fireworks, go here.


If you are 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 (Wednesday, July 4) Celebration Events Schedule

7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.    Pancake Breakfast with Redwood City Fire Department at 755 Marshall Street
8 a.m.                             Parade Run 5k (check-in 6:30-7:59 a.m. Warren Street between Bradford and Marshall Streets). Starting line is at the corner of Arguello and Marshall Streets.

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.                Chalk Full of Fun on Courthouse Square (Also, Tuesday 7/3 8-6 p.m.)
9 a.m.                             Car show at Broadway and El Camino
10 a.m.                           July 4th Parade
                                       Carnival directly following the parade on Wednesday to 10 p.m.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.                Festival
7 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.           Concert at the Port with the Fog City Swampers
9:30 p.m.                        Fireworks Celebration at the Port of Redwood City


Fourth of July Celebration Guide

Parade Run 5k Race Day Check In and Packet Pickup starts at 6:30 a.m. and is located at Warren Street between Bradford and Marshall Streets. The starting line is located at the corner of Arguello and Marshall streets. For more go here.


The 80th Annual Fourth of July Parade by the Peninsula Celebration Association begins at 10 a.m. in the heart of Downtown Redwood City. 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. Find a map of the parade route here.


The 32nd 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 Tuesday, July 3 between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Downtown Redwood City. For the event flyer, go here.


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  can 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 can 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 and the Port of Redwood City with Sims Metal Management, Recology, and County Consumer Plumbing Service & Repair Group. There will be food trucks available from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. The Fog City Swampers will play at the Port's waterfront access area beginning at 7p.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 from high points all over the Peninsula. The Port is providing a public viewing area along the waterfront off 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. For more details about other event restrictions, go here.


No Fireworks in Redwood City

Fireworks are illegal in Redwood City. On April 23, City Council approved a resolution to increase the fines associated with illegal fireworks use, in an effort to eliminate the use of fireworks in the community. The City is encouraging the community to educate neighbors about the risks of using fireworks, offering lawn signs to educate neighbors. Lawn signs are available for residents to pick up at Red Morton, the Community Activities Building, Redwood Shores Library, and the Fair Oaks Community Center. Keep our community safe and do not take the risk. Keep our community safe and do not take the risk. For more information about this initiative, 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 p.m. Southbound access to Highway 101 from Seaport will be closed. Vehicular traffic will be diverted to Northbound Highway 101 only.


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 The public is encouraged to take public transportation to the event; the Caltrain station is located in downtown Redwood City.


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, 2018. Any chairs, barricades, coolers, tape or other options placed upon the sidewalk or street prior to July 4, 2018 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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