Here’s a list of the South Bay Fourth of July activities and events, mostly free. Not all the events around the Bay are well publicized, so we do our best to dig up the information wherever we can find it. Know of a event that belongs on this list? Please let us know in the comments box at the bottom of the page.
SOUTH BAY 4TH OF JULY
Aptos 4th of July World’s Shortest Parade: July 4, 2012. Pancake breakfast 7-9am. Parade 10am-12-ish. Party in the Park 12-ish- 4pm, Soquel and State Park, Aptos, CA.
Cupertino 4th of July Children’s Parade and Concert: July 4, 2012. Pancake Breakfast 7-11am at Quinlan Community Center’s Cupertino Room, $6 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under, orange juice $1. Flag Raising at the Veteran’s Memorial at 9:30am. Children’s Parade in Memorial Park, 10-10:30am. Concert in the Park, 10:30am-12pm.
Cupertino July 4 at Blackberry Farm: July 4, 2012, 10am-5pm at Blackberry Farm, 21979 San Fernando Ave. Park opens at 10am, free swimming till 4pm. Barbecue lunch 12-2pm, $5 per person. Live music by the Dave Crimmen Band 12-3pm.
Los Gatos 4th of July Celebration: July 4, 2012. 11am-4:30pm at the Los Gatos Civic Center, 110 E Main St. Games, food, and live music by the San Jose Wind Symphony.
Milpitas Waving the Red, White & Blue Pool Party, Concert, and Red, White & Boom: July 4, 2012 at the Milpitas Sports Center, 1325 E Calaveras Blvd. Pool party at 1-4pm, music, games and fun [$2 admission]. Concert and Red, White & Boom 7-10pm. Live music by The Houserockers and fireworks at 9:15pm.
Morgan Hill Freedom Fest: July 3-4, 2012. July 3 Patriotic Sing, 6-7pm, Britton Middle School Gym; Family Music Fest, 7-10:30pm, Community Cultural Center. July 4 Freedom Run, registration 6:30-7:45am, 1 mile starts at 7:45am, 5K starts at 8:15am, P.A. Walsh School; Car Cruise & Show, cruise at 9:30am, show at 11:30am, Community Center; Pre-parade entertainment at 9am, Parade at 10am; Fireworks at Morgan Hill Community Park at dark, entertainment starts at 6pm.
Palo Alto Summer Festival and Chili Cook-Off: July 4, 2012. 12-5pm at Mitchell Park, 600 E Meadow Dr. Chili tasting starts at 1:30pm. Live music, line dancing, children’s activities, and food.
Santa Clara All-City Picnic: July 4, 2012. 8am-5pm at Central Park, 909 Kiely Blvd. Pancake Breakfast 8-10am followed by dynamic dancing. Flag dedication ceremony at noon, followed by a Super Dance Party and other activities, including Cosmo Jumps, carnival games, face painting, swimming, and more till 5pm.
San Jose Rose, White and Blue Parade and Picnic: July 4, 2012. Parade starts at 10am at the Lincoln High School parking lot at 555 Dana Ave. Picnic on The Alameda at Westminster Church, 11am-3pm, featuring live entertainment.
Scotts Valley 4th of July Parade & Fireworks: July 4, 2012. Skypark 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley, CA. Parade at 3pm on Scotts Valley Dr. Gates open at 3pm for the celebration. Advance tickets are $6, regular tickets $8, kids 4 and under free. Food, music, and games start at 5pm. Live music with Mike Hadley & the Groove at 6:30pm. Fireworks start at 9:15pm.
OTHER BAY AREA INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS