Where/When: , 10800 Torre Ave. Thursday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Why Go: Show off Cupertino as an armchair traveler. Make your own postcard about Cupertino and send it to library pals in Vista, California. And while you are at the library, enjoy some ice cream, too. All materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own special photos or craft supplies. For children in fourth to eighth grade.
Where/When: , Stevens Creek Boulevard & Mary Avenue, Thursday, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Why Go: For a good part of the summer, on Thursday nights the place to be will be Memorial Park. Free outdoor concerts in the park make for a nice family time and to make it even more of an occasion, bring along a picnic supper. This Thursday the music will be provided by OTR. Classic rock & roll and R&B dance music from the 60’s all the way to today’s hits.
Where/When: All over Cupertino, Monday 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Why Go: Or the question might best be phrased, why leave? There will be plenty to do in Cupertino starting with a pancake breakfast in the morning at Quinlan Community Center. The day finishes up with a fireworks display that will be launched from Cupertino High School.
Where/When: , 600 E Meadow Dr, Palo Alto, Monday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Why Go: OK, ignore what we just said. If you want to slip out for a little while on July 4, you might consider heading toward Palo Alto where there is a summer festival and chili cookoff! A team of chefs is battling for the title and winning chili and you can take a taste for a small fee. Beside the chili thought, there will be music, line dancing and food and activities for all.
Pricing: Free, small fee for tasting chili.
Where/When: Stanford Stadium, 269 Campus Dr., Stanford, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Why Go: This is your chance to literally get twice as much bang for the buck and some real kicks with MLS soccer. The San Jose Earthquakes take on the New York Red Bulls at 7:30 p.m. followed by a postgame fireworks extravaganza.