Downtown Monterey has multiple events throughout the day. Kicks off the holiday at 7am with a pancake breakfast followed by the 4th of July parade which marches down Alvarado and Calle Principal at 10am. Then stay for the annual lawn party on the grass in front of Colton Hall on Pacific Street from 11am to 4:30pm. BBQ, non-stop live music, carnival games, face painting and food booths.
Where: Grounds of City Hall, Pacific Ave, Concert at the Golden State, breakfast at Firestation #1, 600 Pacific St
When: Breakfast 7-11am, parade 10am, lawn party 11-4:30pm, evening concert 7pm
Pacific Grove has live entertainment, kids activities, music, and an old-fashioned BBQ at Caledonia Park.
Where: Caledonia Park (behind the Post Office)
This is a fun community parade that attracts big crowds. Watch the parade along Soquel Drive. Food, vendors, music at Aptos Village Park
Where: Soquel Drive between State Park Drive and Trout Gulch Road
When: Breakfast 7-10am, parade 10-noon, party noon-4pm
This popular parade attracts nearly 10,000 fans. Parade, BBQ, mine for gold, bounce house.
Where: 13230 Central Ave, Highway 9 between Scarborough Lumber and Railroad Ave
When: Pancake breakfast before parade at 10am, BBQ 12-5pm
Family fun, sock hop, hula-hoop contests, games, music and a barbecue. Steam powered train rides.
Where: Roaring Camp, 5401 Graham Hill Rd, Felton
Step back in time for an old-fashioned celebration. Family parade, old-fashioned games, music, food, children’s crafts, historic demonstrations. Dress up and participate! Food available or bring a picnic.
Where: Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz
When: 11-4pm, parade at noon
Where: Pleasure Point Park, 33rd and East Cliff
A Santa Cruz tradition since 1985, the Firecracker 10k is a great family event. Begins in Harvey West Park and winds up to Pogonip and back through neighborhoods on the west side of town. Runners and walkers invited. Fun run for kids begins 30-minutes before the main event.
Where: Harvey West Park
Parade, food, music and games at Skypark Park and the county’s only official fireworks show.
Where: Sky Park
When: Parade 3pm, food & music 4pm, fireworks 9:15pm
Parade includes car clubs, tractors, fire engines, antique cars, horses and the famous Watsonville Band.
Where: St. Patrick’s Church, Main St at Freedom Blvd
Save our Shores!
From Friday June 30 through Tuesday July 4 our beaches will be overwhelmed with visitors and unfortunately, their trash. Join Save Our Shores to cleanup our beaches and waterways after the 4th celebrations. Help keep our beaches and the bay free from trash.
Where: Beaches and rivers throughout Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties