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News Release- City releases Fourth of July celebration details and reminds the community that fireworks are illegal in Redwood City

Post Date:06/14/2019 2:54 PM


News Release 

For Immediate Release 

Media Contact:

Meghan Horrigan, City Manager's Office


City releases Fourth of July celebration details and reminds the community that fireworks are illegal in Redwood City

City encourages the community to attend professional fireworks show instead of using fireworks illegally

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF.—The City of Redwood City announces Fourth of July details and encourages the community and region to visit Downtown and the Port of Redwood City this 4th of July. In the wake of announcing increased enforcement and existing fines to combat illegal fireworks usage, the City of Redwood City encourages the community to attend the Fireworks Extravaganza at the Port of Redwood City and leave the fireworks use to the experts. Festivities range from the annual parade and festival, a pancake breakfast, a 5k run, Chalk Full of Fun, concerts, and one of the most popular fireworks shows in California.

Although fireworks were banned in 2014, illegal fireworks continued to impact neighborhoods in 2017, prompting the City to increase fines up to $50,000 and expand educational efforts. To further the momentum of last year’s decreased illegal fireworks use, the City adopted a Social Host Ordinance which provides stronger enforcement by holding event organizers and property owners responsible for illegal fireworks use onsite. The new regulations are not intended to be used to seek out violations, but will be an important tool for law enforcement to increase compliance by holding persons in control of the property accountable for the illegal use of fireworks.

The City encourages the community and visitors instead to check out Redwood City’s popular Fourth of July parade and festival hosted by the Peninsula Celebration Association and fireworks show hosted at the Port of Redwood City. The entire day is jam-packed with free events for all ages. Please use the following celebration schedule as a guide to plan your day:

7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.    Pancake Breakfast with Redwood City Fire Department at 755 Marshall Street

8:00 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.

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.     Chalk Full of Fun on Courthouse Square (Wednesday July 3rd and Thursday, July 4)

9:00 a.m.                         Car show at Broadway and El Camino

10:00 a.m.                       Fourth of July Parade

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.      Festival

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.      Concert at the Port of Redwood City with the Blue- Coastside Cool Band

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 the race will begin at 8:00 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 81st Annual Fourth of July Parade by the Peninsula Celebration Association begins at 10:00 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 Winslow to Marshall Street, Main Street, Middlefield Road, Winslow, to Broadway, and onto Arguello where it ends on the corner of Alden Street.

The Independence Day Festival starts at 9:00 a.m. offering arts and crafts, food, beverages, bands, and kids activities covering several square city blocks. For a map of the festival, go here.

Chalk Full of Fun takes place this year over two days starting Wednesday, July 3 between 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, July 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Downtown Redwood City. For more, 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 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 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 1:00 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 go here.

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 and sponsors including Sims Metal Management, Recology, Sares Regis, and County Consumer Plumbing Service & Repair Group. There will be food trucks available from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The Blue- Coastside Cool Band will play at the Port's waterfront access area beginning at 7:00 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 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 always illegal in Redwood City.

July 4 Celebration Logistics

Port of Redwood City 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 7:00 p.m. Just prior to the conclusion of the fireworks show, southbound access to Highway 101 from Seaport will be closed. Vehicular traffic will be diverted to Northbound Highway 101 only as this is the fastest and safest way out of the area.

Downtown Event Parking: Please note that Jefferson Avenue Garage, Box Garage and the San Mateo County Garage will not be accessible during the parade. All three garages will reopen after the parade is concluded. 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 here. The public is encouraged to take public transportation to the event; the Caltrain station is in downtown Redwood City.

Illegal Fireworks Use Fines and Enforcement Will Be In Effect

The City of Redwood City is reminding community members that fireworks are always illegal 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. The new enforcement ordinance applies to any person who has the right to use, possess or occupy a public or private property under a lease, permit, license, rental agreement, or contract. Additionally, it applies to any person who hosts, organizes, supervises, officiates, conducts, or accepts responsibility for a gathering on public or private property. For more on the City's regulations to reduce the use of illegal fireworks in Redwood City, go here.

Parade Chair Policy

Placement of any chairs, barricades, coolers, tape, or other objects upon the sidewalk or street for the parade is prohibited prior to 12:00 a.m. on July 4, 2019. Any chairs, barricades, coolers, tape or other objects placed upon the sidewalk or street prior to July 4, 2019 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 3:00 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, go here.


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