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News Release - Fourth of July Celebration in Redwood City Cancelled to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Reminder that ALL fireworks are ILLEGAL in Redwood City

Post Date:06/25/2020 4:45 AM

Media Contact:
Jennifer Yamaguma, City Manager's Office


Fourth of July Celebration in Redwood City Cancelled to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

The City of Redwood City wants to remind the community that ALL fireworks are ILLEGAL in Redwood City

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF.— To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Redwood City has canceled this year's 4th of July Downtown Parade, Festival and Fireworks show at the Port of Redwood City.

"Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to continue to socially distance and shelter-in-place to keep each other safe, we must cancel this year's long-standing tradition of celebrating Independence Day with a parade, festival and fireworks show," said Mayor Diane Howard. "By remaining vigilant against this virus now, we can look forward to hopefully hosting our beloved community celebrations next year."

While the latest San Mateo County Public Health Order aligns the City with Phase 3 of the State of California's Resilience Roadmap, large social gatherings are still prohibited. In addition, per the direction of public health officials, all park picnic areas, barbecues, and playgrounds remain closed, and group sports play is not currently allowed. If you are enjoying our open recreation areas, park pathways, fields, and open spaces, ensure that you maintain social distance and wear a face covering (please note that public restrooms remain closed at all parks).

"While we are disappointed we won't be able to celebrate together and gather for our usual fireworks display, we know this is the best decision for the health and well-being of our Redwood City community at this time," said Redwood City Board Chair, Ralph Garcia. "We look forward to welcoming our community back to the waterfront for group events when the time is right and encourage individual households to visit and take advantage of waterfront recreation opportunities."

The Redwood City Parks & Arts Foundation invites Redwood City residents to participate in the annual Chalk Full of Fun festival but with a virtual twist. The @Home Edition of our annual chalk festival will allow all those who register for a Chalk Kit to join in the fun and celebrate the 4th of July with our community. The Chalk Kit includes chalk pastels and 4th of July swag for you to create masterpieces on your driveway, sidewalk or street and share your creations virtually. For more information, visit For more creative ideas on how to celebrate and have fun safely, visit

The City of Redwood City wants to remind the community that ALL fireworks are ILLEGAL in Redwood City. Per California Health & Safety Code Section 18700, penalties for violating the State Fireworks Law can range from fines up to $50,000 and jail time. Property owners are subject to illegal fireworks use enforcement. You Host, You Pay. When reporting illegal fireworks use, please call Redwood City Police Department at (650) 780-7118 and try to provide specific addresses or identifying information to assist responding officers. Please keep your family and our community safe.  


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 on other City services and events, visit the City of Redwood City's website at, or follow Redwood City on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

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