Redwood City 4th of July in Pictures


The Redwood City 4th of July Parade was my first, and so far only, taste of the Independence Day holiday in the US.

If you don’t already know, the day marks America’s independence from the British more than two centuries ago.

It’s celebrated with parades, fireworks and more star-spangled clothing than you’d see in all the world’s circuses combined.

Don’t forget grilling (aka barbecues), flags, marching bands and face painting. But I digress, it’s the pictures you’re here for and it’s the pictures you’ll get.

I waddled down to the Redwood City 4th of July parade, celebrating its 79th year, to witness the fun for myself.


The Falun Dafa marching band.

What’s a parade without some sparkly floats? This is Falun Dafa’s contribution.

I challenge you to be this peppy after performing a whole parade’s-worth of dance out in the summer sun. You can’t! But Studio S Broadway Academy of Dance-rs did.

The Electric Power Segway Dancers are available for your next party!

The Gryphon Crew teaches teens nautical skills and teamwork aboard an army transport vessel from the Korean War. Obviously not pictured here. Woody’s the land-transportation.

The dresses on the Grupo Folklorico – a Mexican dancing troupe – took my breath away. Great costumes and dancing.

It doesn’t get much cooler or tougher than roller derby. And the Peninsula Junior Roller Girls (The RollerQuakes) were out showing their mad skills!

Nothing I can say will do the Los Trancos Woods Community Marching Band justice. From the costumes to the dancing to the music – putting California into 4th of July.


There’s never been a better time to draw on the road in chalk.

Wear your flag, loud and proud. The busiest drink sellers of the day!

Where else would you go to buy steam punk masks?

We all need an Independence Day hot dog.

4th of July Redwood City Chalk Art Bianca Nandzik
Chalk art from the professionals. This one’s called Entropy and is by Bianca Nandzik. She’s the lead artist at Cultivative, a non-profit that helps people discover and explore creative arts, science and technology.

Chalk art that screams San Francisco by @ChalkRiot, which is a group of artists. Unfortunately I didn’t catch the name of the artist who completed this masterpiece.

Last, but not least is the battle of the bands between UC Davis, above, and Stanford University. I had so much fun.

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26 thoughts on “Redwood City 4th of July in Pictures

  1. This parade looks fabulous! I lived in USA for 3 years before but Ive never got a chance to see big street party like that! Ive only seen fireworks! Great photos !

    1. And I didn’t get out for the fireworks! I’ve been here two years and this was the first “4th” that I’d seen. I guess it takes a while to work up to šŸ˜‰

  2. I’m an American currently living overseas, so seeing your July 4th photos almost makes me feel like I’m home! I miss the Americana everywhere and great BBQ!

    1. Glad to make you homesick Kristin? Hehe, it’s great to see home sometimes, but it also reminds you of what you’re missing. You could always string up a bunch of flags!

  3. The roller derby looks so cool! I’ve always wanted to go to America for the 4th July celebrations and this post makes me want to go even more now! Looks like so much fun!

    1. Doesn’t it though!?! My sister in law does roller derby and says it’s amazing, but I can hardly remain upright on my feet normally, so I doubt I’d be much good on skates.

  4. That looks like an awesome parade! I love the boat float. We don’t really have any large parades in my area, but Detroit puts on some great fireworks for the holiday.

    1. Fireworks are always a great way to celebrate! I’m pretty lucky to live near a city that does a parade šŸ™‚

    1. It’s definitely a different experience, but one that I’d recommend everyone to get to at least once.

  5. It looks like you had a lot of fun watching the 4th of July parade. Those Segway dancers are so talented. I was once on a Segway only and I was so scared I’m going to break my neck, haha. The little Rollerblade girls are very impressive as well!

    1. I wish I could have found those segway dancers online somewhere. They were so amazing, I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face! LOL, I’m pretty sure that I would have been like you – scared that I was going to break my neck.

  6. Although Im not happy with the current state of affairs, I miss celebrating the 4th in the States. Looks like you had a great experience. My brother lives in Emerald Hills, very close to you!

    1. Oh cool, Emerald Hills is very close!
      Like you, I’m not particularly enamoured by the state of affairs here at the moment, but I’m hoping something good will come out of it… it sounds so cheesy to say, but you’ve got to have hope for something better, don’t you?

  7. Looks like a fun 4th of July celebration in Redwood City! Love seeing these events all over the states! Thank you for sharing!

  8. I saw a lot of your snaps on Instagram but to see them all here in one star spangled post is just ace. You’ve really brought the parade to life. But what I want to know is, how does the American barbecue compared to the Australian one?!

    1. Hahaha, I’m always going to be biased towards Aussie BBQs! They’re simple and delicious. But, you know that Americans take everything as far as it will go, so their BBQs are fancy.

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