Where / When: 's Cupertino Room from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Why Go: Put on your best patriotic outfit and deck out your bike, scooter and stroller. A flag raising at the Veteran’s Memorial starts the activities at 9:30 a.m. followed by a children’s parade at 10 a.m. The parade starts at Memorial Park’s ball field and marches to the amphitheater. The concert in the park by OTR runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon—bring your own picnic sit back and relax.
Breakfast is $6 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under; orange juice is $1.
Where / When: , 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Why Go: The park opens at 10 a.m. and has free swimming until 4 p.m.
A $5 barbecue lunch runs from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and live music by The Dave Crimmen Band runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where / When: Santa Clara’s Central Park, 909 Kiely Blvd., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Why Go: From 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. an outdoor pancake breakfast is available and live entertainment runs throughout the day at the park’s pavilion. Performances include the Sizzling Seniors and Santa Clara Parks & Recreation Department dancers. Prepared food is available for purchase or bring a picnic lunch. There will be family activities such as carnival games, face painting and swimming available at reasonable prices.
A flag dedication takes place at 12 p.m. followed by local bands: The Cocktail Monkeys from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets at 2 p.m. and The Groove Kings from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Call 408-615-3140 for additional information.
Where / When: Saratoga's Kevin Moran Park, 12415 Scully Rd., from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Why Go: The McCartysville Volunteer Band starts playing at 9:30 a.m. Other activities include presentation of the flag by the Color Guard, actors in costume will portray American historical characters, Montalvo Arts will have a crafts table for kids, youth chorus with sing alongs of patriotic tunes, a children’s and family parade, and free popsicles and flags for all children.
The local branch of Bank of America will set up an area people can draw pictures and write letters to our troops. The letters and pictures will be sent to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan by Operation: Care and Comfort. The organization will also have a list of needed items for the troops and will accept donations.
Buy a glass of lemonade and support the Wounded Warriors Project, which supports wounded veterans.
Where / When: , 858 University Ave, Los Altos / 8:30 am,
Why Go: This 41st year event is Los Altos' oldest 4th of July event and a tradition of hundreds of locals. If you're new to Los Altos, it's a great way to join in. Enjoy a free, old fashioned pancake breakfast of fruit, sausage, coffee, juice, homade pancakes. The mayor, city officials, police, and firemen are especially invited. Boy Scout Troop 31 will present the flag and patriotic music will be supplied by the renowned Burk family. All the food has been donated by local merchants and any donations will go to a local charity finding and supporting good homes for foster children in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
Where / When : , 26379 Fremont Rd, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 / 9:30-11 a.m., July 4
Why Go: Every conveyance you can imagine is here for Los Altos Hills’ little do-it-yourself parade from Town Hall to Gardner Bullis School. Due to the number of young participants, all pets must be on leashes, no horses, and only non-gas-powered vehicles participate in this walking event. Watermelon from The Milk Pail Market and ice cold drinks will be provided. Plus, there’s even a poem:
Come big, come small,/ come one and all.... /
Bring your scooters and bikes, / your po-gos and trikes!
Carry streamers and flags, / Decorate Moms and Dads!
Be Uncle Sam or just a big ham / in your Stars and your stripes
and your Red, White and Blue... / Help spread the word
whatever you do, / because we are having our Fourth of July
Parade for YOU!
Where / When: Shoup Park , 400 University Ave. / 10:30-2 p.m. (immediately following the Los Altos Hills’ Parade), July 4
Why Go: Assistant Principal Cristy Dawson emcees, the mayors of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills talk, and then there’s fun, games and food! Hot dogs by Quick Dog, face-painting, balloon art, a petting zoo, games, a dunk tank, for starters. Baskin Robbins Ice Cream, Paradise Shave Ice and superb entertainment by Ye Olde Towne Band, rounds up the rest of the reasons why you shouldn’t miss this Los Altos event, sponsored by the Los Altos Community in partnership with Foundation, the City of Los Altos, the Los Altos Town Crier, Los Altos Rotary, and the American Legion of Los Altos.