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4th of July Fireworks & Festivities 2012

America’s birthday, time to celebrate with parades, barbecues, picnics, festivals, and fireworks!

Events are free; however, at some locations there will be food for purchase, some activities may have a fee, and there may be parking fees. Events with an admission fee are not listed here. Events, locations, schedules are subject to change.

Here are some places to view fireworks and/or enjoy a day of celebrations:

San Jose

The Rose, White and Blue Parade and Festival. An old-fashioned family-style parade winds through the Rose Garden neighborhood ending on The Alameda. The parade features live bands, dance groups, homemade floats, and kids on bikes, antique cars, and more. Following the parade attendees will enjoy an Arts & Music Festival with live music, classic car show, arts and crafts, and more.. Following the parade attendees will enjoy the picnic on The Alameda featuring food and drink from local restaurants for purchase.

Event info (PDF)

San Jose Giants Fireworks Extravaganza at Municipal Stadium. The Giants hosts the Modesto Nuts at 6:30pm (with tickets as low as $10) but more importantly from anywhere near the stadium you can watch the post-game fireworks show for free. Fireworks at approx. 9:30 pm.

Event info

Santa Clara

Picnic and Fireworks Extravaganza

Central Park, 909 Kiely Boulevard

Pancake Breakfast (8:00 am -10:00 am $6.00), followed by games and entertainment throughout the day at the Pavilion along with (for a fee) a carnival area, face painting, and swimming at the International Swim Center. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase foods at the event ($1.00 to $6.00).

Flag Dedication Ceremony at noon, followed by live music until 5:00 pm.

Great America (entrance fee) hosts fireworks shows every Saturday night in July and August. No fireworks July 4th.

Event info

Los Gatos

4th of July Celebration

Civic Center, 110 E. Main Street

Los Gatos Celebrates July 4 for the entire family, all day 11:00 am – 4:30 pm. Beginning in the morning games and activities at the Civic Center. BBQ, picnic lunches and cold drinks available for purchase at the food court.

Event info (PDF)


Children’s Parade and Patriotic Community Sing-Along

Daytime Program at Quinlan Community Center and Memorial Park

7:00 am – 11:00 am: De Anza Optimist Pancake Breakfast (Quinlan Community Center’s Cupertino Room) – for purchase

9:30 am: Flag Raising (at the Veteran’s Memorial)

10:00 – 10:30 am: Children’s Parade starting at the Memorial Park ball field and proceeding to the Memorial Park Amphitheater

10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Concert in the Park

Families and kids are invited to Blackberry Farm (21979 San Fernando Avenue) for a free day of swimming live music and free BBQ.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Free Swimming

Noon -2:00 pm: BBQ Lunch ($5)

Noon – 3:00 pm: Live music by The Dave Crimmen Band Classic 50’s Rock & Roll

5:00 pm: Park Closes

Free Fireworks Show – 6:45 pm to 10:00 pm

The fireworks show with music and games at three different viewing locations —

* Creekside Park – Miller Ave. and Calle De Barcelona (handicap parking available)
* Hyde Middle School – 19325 Bollinger Road (bwtn Hyde and Miller)
* Sedgwick Elementary School- 19200 Phil Lane at Tantau Ave.

6:45 – 9:15 pm: Music and games at all three locations. 9:30 pm: Fireworks.

Fireworks set off at Cupertino High School (no viewing area at the high school).


Costumed Old-Fashioned 4th of July from 9:30 am (to 11:00 am) at Kevin Moran Park (12415 Scully Ave)


Color Guard presenting the flag

McCartysville Volunteer Band playing patriotic tunes, including Sousa marches

Actors in costume as American historical characters

Youth chorus and sing-alongs of patriotic tunes

Children’s/Family parade

Free popsicles for all and flags for children

Santa Cruz

“Independence Day 1912 Celebration” at Wilder Ranch State Park (1401 Coast Road)

Travel back in time a hundred years at Wilder Ranch State Park in Santa Cruz County on July 4, 2012 to experience an old-fashioned Independence Day Celebration 1912 style with a family parade at noon, flag raising ceremony, draft horse rides, living history demonstrations and more.

Wilder Ranch State Park is located 2 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1. The event is free; the day use parking fee applies per car.

Morgan Hill

Parade & Fireworks

Morgan Hill Community Park, 100 Edes Steet

The Morgan Hill July 4th Parade downtown preceded by the Liberty Car Cruise. Decorated vintage and collector cars. At 10:00 am the Parade begins including marching bands and floats

9:00 am: Pre-parade Entertainment

9:30 am: Liberty Parade Cruise

10:00 am: Parade (Downtown streets including Monterey Street & Peak Avenue)

11:30 am: Vintage Farm Engines & Liberty Car Show

In the evening at the Morgan Hill Community Park from 6:00 pm is pre-fireworks entertainment with the fireworks scheduled for approximately 9:30 pm.

Event info


Annual 4th of July Fireworks Display at Gilroy High School on Tenth Street beginning around 9:15 pm.

Event info: (408) 846-0460


4th of July Parade – Centerville District

The Fremont 4th of July parade rotates between six of the districts of Fremont each year. This year, 2012 parade route: Centerville District – The parade route starts at State Street and Capitol Avenue (10:00 am), then on to Paseo Padre Parkway, Walnut Avenue, Liberty Street, and ends on Beacon Avenue at the corner of State Street

Children’s Day at History San José 2011

This Sunday, December 11, is Children’s Day at History San José with holiday festivities from noon to 4:00 PM.

Children can ride the trolley with Santa Claus on the 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM runs. A highlight every year is that children can experience operating the hand-cart along the tracks.

Festivities include arts and crafts projects at the Umbarger House, the Markham House, the Hill House and the Associated Oil Service Station. Some of the participants include the Hellenic Heritage Institute, the Portuguese Historical Society of California and the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project.

Also open, the Print Shop and Trolley Barn, along with the Leonard and David McKay Gallery.

Admission is $8.00 per family of four, $2.00 per additional person. Parking is $6.00; seniors, active military, and handicap parking $2.00.

Children’s Day at History San José 2011
History San José
1650 Senter Road
San José, 95112

Sunday, December 11, 2011
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Tree Lighting Celebrations 2011

San José – Friday, November 25

Christmas in the Park is located at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez in Downtown San José on Market Street between San Carlos and San Fernando; tree lighting at approximately 6:00 pm. Check the Christmas in the Park site for other events.

Half Moon Bay – Friday, December 2

Night of Lights will begin with a tree-lighting ceremony at Mac Dutra Park on the corner of Main Street and Kelly Avenue at 6:00 pm. The Parade of Lights begins at 7:00 pm, along with floats and an old-fashioned fire truck. Other events include roasted chestnuts on an open fire, strolling carolers, and harpists.

Mountain View – Monday, December 5

The Mountain View Tree Lighting Celebration beginning at 5:30 pm includes live holiday music, refreshments, lights and the arrival of Santa Claus. Children can visit and have their picture taken with Santa at the free event. The Community Tree Lighting Celebration located at Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro Street.

Whole Foods Market – Back To School Dinner Menus

We want our children to do well in school and good nutrition is important. Start at home by including the kids in planing and preparing dinner.

For new quick and easy ideas stop by the Whole Foods Market on Blossom Hill Road today, August 19, at 6 PM for a class on Back To School Dinner Menus.

One Idea – Whole Foods Recipe: Sweet Potatoes with Collards and Aduki Beans.

The healing power of the sweet potato

Whole Foods Market on Blossom Hill on Facebook.

Whole Kids Foundation

Whole Foods Market
Back To School Dinner Menus
August 19, 2011 at 6 PM
1146 Blossom Hill Rd. Map
San Jose, CA 95118
(408) 266-3700

Kids Free Fishing Days in Campbell 2011

FishingThe annual Kids Free Fishing Days is this weekend (May 7-8) at the Campbell Percolation Ponds, Los Gatos Creek Park.

Kids 17-years-old and younger fish free and adults are welcome to attend. Bring your own rod, reel, and bait. The ponds are stocked with trout. Kids who catch specially marked fish will be awarded prizes.

Even though the fishing is for the kids, the whole family can enjoy the event. Bring a picnic lunch; also, there will be hot dogs and sodas available to purchase.

Los Gatos Creek County Park
1250 Dell Ave, Campbell

Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8, 2011
Begins at sun up and ends at sundown

Los Gatos Creek Park Parking (Vehicle Entry Fee): $6.00

Temple Grandin (the Movie) and AAC Device

Temple Grandin*

I had not heard of Dr. Temple Grandin until I watched the Emmy Awards. The award winning HBO movie “Temple Grandin” tells the story of a most remarkable woman. She has the determination to live a productive life in spite of autism. Her tenacity to ‘right a wrong’ should be inspiration for us all. After winning 7 Emmys “Temple Grandin” has now been nominated for a Golden Globe – Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made For Television. I recommend “Temple Grandin” available on Netflix.

I also recommend TapToTalk a product developed locally by Assistyx for non-verbal autistic children.


HBO watch Temple Grandin trailer

Dr. Temple Grandin Official Autism Website

TapToTalk – facebook

*Temple Grandin photo credit: Steve Jurvetson on flickr

Note: an AAC is a device which helps people with speech impairments communicate.

Tech Museum Free Second Sundays 2010-2011

The Tech Museum continues to offer free admission to The Tech’s regular museum galleries on the second Sunday of each month through September 2011. It does not include free admission to IMAX or to special blockbuster exhibits.

Explore hundreds of exhibits, many of which are original or custom made, including many fun and informative hands-on exhibits.

Free Sunday Dates:

November 14, 2010
December 12, 2010
January 9, 2011
February 13, 2011
April 10, 2011
May 8, 2011
June 12, 2011
July 10, 2011
September 11, 2011

There is no free second Sunday admission in March and August.

Discounted parking with Tech Museum validation is available at the Second and San Carlos Street Garage and at the Convention Center garage.

The Tech Museum is located near the VTA Light Rail line. The nearest exits are Convention Center Station and the Paseo de San Antonio station.

The Tech Museum
201 South Market Street, San Jose

New Frontier Village Halloween 2010

Main Street

New Frontier Village Main Street

This Halloween weekend, October 30 & 31, journey back in time to the days of the Frontier Village amusement park.

Frontier Village was a Western themed amusement park at the intersection of Monterey Road and Branham Lane in San Jose that operated in the 60’s and 70’s.

Campbell resident Shaughnessy McGehee opens his backyard for Halloween that has an old western town modeled after buildings that were at Frontier Village. Included are authentic Antique Autos, signage, photos, and other memorabilia from the old amusement park. You will see gunfighters and western re-enactors in costume. Hot dogs for the first 100 guest both evenings and of course, Trick-or-Treating for the kids. This is a free event.

You youngins and those wanting to reminisce may want to visit the Remembering Frontier Village website.

New Frontier Village Halloween
871 Virginia Ave. Campbell

October 30-31, 2010
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm


Take Flight for Kids 2010

The Third-Annual “Take Flight for Kids” brings science, arts and do-it-yourself activities to Reid Hillview Airport Saturday, September 25.

Take Flight for Kids is the biggest free hands-on science and art festival in the Bay Area. More than 200 nonprofit groups and vendors will demonstrate hands-on activities focused around science, technology, engineering and math. Also, live entertainment and food vendors.

Take Flight for Kids is dedicated to empowering and encouraging underserved young people through hands-on science and aviation-related activities, but all young people and their families are welcome.

Festival admission is free for everybody who signs up online here.

Please bring a canned good, diapers and wipes, or new socks for Bill Wilson Center.

Exhibitors include:

Academy of Model Aeronautics
Association for Women in Science
Botball – NASA Robotics Alliance Project
Cisco System – Women in Technology Action Network
Cisco Systems – IT Rocks performance
Critters by the Bay
Girls in Tech
Mad Science of the Bay Area
NASA Accessibility
Oak Grove High School Eaglebots Botball Robots
Oakland Raiders
Reading Partners
Rise Above Dyslexia
San Jose Earthquakes
Santa Clara Valley Gem and Mineral Society
Schmahl Science Workshops
Space Sciences Laboratory UC Berkeley (Surfin’ the Solar Wind!)
St. Clair Aeronauts
Stanford Solar Center
Team 254 Robotics
VCHS Robotics Teams
Women in Aviation
Youth American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter
Youth Science Institute
Over 200 nonprofit groups and vendors …

Third Annual Take Flight for Kids
Reid Hillview Airport
2500 Cunningham Drive, San Jose

Saturday, September 25, 2010
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Free Admission to the Festival – Register here

Help Kids Win $25,000 Worth of Computer Equipment.

AchieveKids Special Needs School

The great kids at AchieveKids, a local special needs school, need your support. They made the top ten in the nationwide Dell “Connect Your Classroom” contest. Now the finalists are in a vote-by-click competition.

Unlike many children, the special needs students do not have large networks of online friends to help them. So they need your support.

Help the kids win $25,000 worth of computer equipment.

Located in Palo Alto and East San Jose, AchieveKids serves children, aged 5 to 22, with emotional and/or developmental disabilities including mental retardation, autism, mood, disruptive behavior, anxiety, and psychotic disorders.

AchieveKids on facebook

All they ask is a click a day for the next 8 days! See Video and Please Vote Here

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