Pleasant weather in store for busy holiday weekend 

With temperatures projected to be in the upper 80s on the Peninsula this weekend, there are plenty of Independence Day celebrations available to those wanting to get outside and enjoy the weather.

Redwood City will host an Independence Day Parade and Festival, with live music and fun activities for families.

Those whose taste buds demand savory holiday food can attend the 29th annual Summer Festival and Chili Cook-Off at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto on Sunday. In addition to the cook-off, there will be live music, line dancing and children’s activities.

Even though Redwood City and Half Moon Bay canceled their events this summer, Peninsula residents can still view Fourth of July fireworks at the Foster City show beginning at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Other fireworks-show options Sunday can be found on the San Francisco waterfront or at Mountain View’s Shoreline Amphitheatre.

Fourth of July festivities

Events and activities

Foster City Fourth of July celebration, Leo J. Ryan Park
Pancake breakfast, family parade, arts and crafts, barbecue, games, concert, fireworks show over lagoon
When: 8 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Sunday; fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

Redwood City Independence Day Parade and Festival
Parade theme is “The Magic of Green”; winners receive awards and cash prizes; parade begins at Winslow Street and Brewster Avenue; festival includes Battle of the Bands, food, arts and crafts, kids’ area; located at Marshall Street and Jefferson Avenue
When: Parade, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday; festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

29th annual Summer Festival and Chili Cook-Off at Mitchell Park, Palo Alto
Teams of chefs battle for chili championship; live music, line dancing, children’s activities, food vendors
When: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday


Will operate on a regular Sunday schedule with extra service for Fourth of July fireworks

Following fireworks:
First special train will depart San Francisco station at 11:15 p.m. or when full, running express to San Carlos, then making all local stops to San Jose’s Diridon station
Two special trains will leave at 11:30 p.m. and 12:01 a.m., making all local weekend stops to Diridon
Last regularly scheduled train will depart at 9:15 p.m., making all local weekend stops to Diridon
On Monday, operating regular Saturday schedule, with two special round-trip limited-express trains

Sunday: Running regular Sunday schedule
Monday: Running regular weekday schedule

Will operate on regular Sunday schedule for Fourth of July
Monday: Bus service will operate on abbreviated weekday schedule

For more information, call (800) 660-4287 or visit or

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