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4th of July Parade Returns to the Heart of Downtown Redwood City; Plus - Fireworks at the Port!

Updated 6/28/12


The 74th annual 4th of July Parade by the Peninsula Celebration Association – a Family 4th – is the premier holiday parade in the entire region. And for 2012, the parade moves back to the heart of Downtown Redwood City, bringing thousands of excited spectators to see an incredible array of parade participants, floats, and festivities! The parade and festival returns to be part of the wonderful renaissance of our Downtown core, with its great array of restaurants, shops, theaters, and more. Plus, fireworks return for the 4th of July, launched from the Port of Redwood City!

A map of the new parade route is online at or The parade begins at 10 am, and the route starts on Marshall Street at the corner of Winslow Street, and continues on Marshall, Main Street, Middlefield Road, Winslow Street, Broadway, and onto Arguello Street where it ends near Alden Street. The theme of the 2012 parade is “Salute to Agriculture” and it offers a great look back at some of Redwood City’s past, as it winds its way throughout our historic Downtown. The 26th annual Independence Day Festival will cover several square blocks in the heart of Downtown Redwood City, starting at 9 am (parts of Broadway, Hamilton, Middlefield, Jefferson, and in Courthouse Square). Filled with arts and crafts, food and beverages, kids’ activities, and a whole lot of good old fashioned family fun, the festival is the place to be on the 4th of July! Plus the annual 4th of July carnival, coordinated by the Woodside Terrace Kiwanis Club, will be at its usual location, in the parking lot at Veterans Blvd. and Winslow Street.

Important Parking Information

  1. BE SURE TO OBSERVE ANY AND ALL “NO PARKING” SIGNS on the streets – some streets will be closed for the festival (parts of Hamilton, Middlefield, Jefferson, and Broadway), and others will have no parking from 6 am to about 1 pm, during the 5K ParadeRun, parade set-up, and the actual parade. Take a look at the map at one of the links above to see the parade route – and do not park on that route after 6 am as YOUR VEHICLE WILL BE SUBJECT TO TOWING. The parade takes place on Marshall Street – Main Street – Middlefield – Winslow – Arguello. The very last thing that anyone wants is a towed car – PLEASE be sure you observe the “No Parking” signs on those streets!!
  2. The Jefferson Avenue Garage, the Marshall Street Garage, the Middlefield Road lot, the Downtown Library lots, and the Main Street lot behind City Hall WILL be open for public parking on the 4th; HOWEVER, they will be inaccessible during the set-up, ParadeRun, and the parade, from about 8:30 am to about 1 pm. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET INTO OR OUT OF THOSE PARKING AREAS DURING THAT PERIOD, as the parade and other activities will be blocking the way.
  3. If you know you will need to take your vehicle out of one of those parking areas during this time DO NOT leave it in the lot after 8:30 a.m. - find an alternate place to park your car. By the way, meters Downtown will not be enforced on the 4th of July. If you know you’re going to be staying Downtown past the parade time, then parking there is fine.
  4. Alternative parking is available at the County garage on Middlefield near Veterans Blvd, and in the underground garage at Sequoia Station shopping center.
  5. Consider the FREE SHUTTLE from Fair Oaks Community Center or Community Activities Building. Visit for the schedule

Fireworks - thanks to sponsors
The 4th of July fireworks are back, and will be launched from the Port of Redwood City! This wonderful show is brought to the community by Redwood City with Red, White, and Blue Sponsorship by Sims Metal Management, and generous support from:

Recology San Mateo County
Sares Regis
One Marina - New Redwood City Housing
Two Anonymous Donors
the Pete and Paula Uccelli Foundation
The Port of Redwood City
The City of Redwood City
Kaiser Hospital

Fireworks Info

  • The fireworks extravaganza will start at approximately 9:15 pm.
  • The fireworks can be seen from Downtown and anywhere west of Highway 101 where there is a clear view of the skies above the Port. They can also be seen from high points all over the Peninsula.
  • For those coming to the Port, early arrival is highly recommended! This area is mostly private property with very limited public parking.
  • The Port is providing a public viewing area along the waterfront off of Seaport Court. Once all of the very limited public parking spaces are 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 7:30 pm – so be sure to plan accordingly.
  • Alcohol is prohibited on-site at the fireworks show, and personal fireworks are illegal at all times in Redwood City.

The Peninsula Celebration Association’s Family 4th is also an opportunity to volunteer and be part of making this event a great success – go to and click on “Volunteer!”

The entire community is invited to join in the Family 4th by the Peninsula Celebration Association, in cooperation with the City of Redwood City! Get all the details at


  • Pancake Breakfast at Fire Station #9 – 7:30 am (benefits the Redwood City Firefighters Association)
  • 4th of July ParadeRun - 8:45 ( – benefits the Redwood City Education Foundation)
  • Festival - 9 am
  • Parade - 10 am
  • Fireworks – 9:15 pm

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Chris Beth, Director
Redwood City Parks and Recreation

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