News from the Port of Redwood City

  • by BPC Staff
  • on June 27, 2013

I am pleased to offer a tease — we are planning on reporting some good news about Port business in about two weeks when our tonnage figures for fiscal year 2012-2013 are revealed.  At that time, I will also present an update on the Port’s wharf modernization project and give some details on the Port’s hosting in August of the 100th conference of the Association of Pacific Ports.

This e-blast is to refresh the news about the Fourth of July concert and fireworks at the Port and tell you about the popular music in the park series the Port has been a proud supporter of for more than a decade.

Happy Fourth of July.



Mike Giari

Executive Director
Port of Redwood City

Our News….

Fourth of July Fireworks & Concert at the Port

Music in the Park Series

4th of July Fireworks at the Port, Plus Parade & Festival in  Downtown Redwood City


The 4th of July fireworks will be launched from the Port of Redwood City, thanks to presenting sponsorship by Sims Metal Management, and generous support from RocketFuel, The Pauls Corporation, SARES REGIS, Informatica, San Mateo Credit Union, Lyngso, and the Port of Redwood City.


The fireworks extravaganza will start at approximately 9:30 pm. Before that, a classic rock group named Push, starring as lead singer Bay Area new anchor Dan Ashley, will perform at the Port waterfront stage starting at 7 p.m.


The fireworks can be seen from areas where there is a clear view of the skies above the Port, and can also be seen from high points all over the Peninsula. For those coming to the Port, early arrival is highly recommended because this area is mostly private property with very limited public parking.


The Port is providing a public viewing area along the waterfront off of Seaport Court. Once all of the very limited public parking spaces are filled, Seaport Boulevard will be closed to all vehicle traffic at the intersection of Seaport/Blomquist. Once the intersection has been closed, no vehicle access to the Port area will be available. This traffic control restriction could occur as early as 7:30 pm – so be sure to plan accordingly. Alcohol is prohibited on-site at the fireworks show.


The 75th annual 4th of July Parade by the Peninsula Celebration Association is the premier holiday parade in the region, and the entire community is invited to join the fun right in the heart of downtown Redwood City. Get 4th of July details at 


The parade begins at 10 a.m., and the route starts on Marshall Street at the corner of Winslow Street, and continues on Marshall, Main Street, Middlefield Road, Winslow Street, Broadway, and onto Arguello Street where it ends near Alden Street.


The 27th annual Independence Day Festival will cover several blocks in the heart of downtown Redwood City, starting at 9 a.m. (parts of Broadway, Hamilton, Middlefield, Jefferson, and in Courthouse Square). Filled with arts and crafts, food and beverages, kids’ activities, and a whole lot of good old fashioned family fun, the festival is the place to be on the 4th of July. Plus the annual 4th of July carnival, coordinated by the Woodside Terrace Kiwanis Club, will be in the parking lot at Veterans Boulevard and Winslow Street.


Families can also enjoy a special Pancake Breakfast benefiting the Redwood City Firefighters Association at the Downtown Redwood City Fire Station #9, 755 Marshall Street, and join the 4th of July ParadeRun fundraising 5K run/walk, to benefit the Redwood City Education Foundation. Plus, the 4th of July “Go For It!” Car Show and Celebration takes place on the 2600 block of Broadway.


Port Sponsors Redwood City’s Popular Music in the Park Series

The Port of Redwood City is again a sponsor of Redwood City’s Popular Music in the Park series from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Wednesday at Stafford Park- corner of King Street & Hopkins Avenue.


The remaining lineup:



July 3 * Party Band
Livewire is a dynamic 6-piece dance cover band based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Showcasing a great mix of the best danceable songs from the 1970s and 1980s through current hits, Livewire covers your favorite rock and dance songs from a variety of artists including Michael Jackson, Billy Idol, Journey, LMFAO, Katy Perry, and many others.


July 10 * Americana
Bundy Browne and the Expresso Rhythm Section


Bundy Browne & The Expresso Rhythm Section (Rick Sigman, Dennis Harper, Casey Smiley) play a unique blend of original music in the “Americana” style, with hints of Bluegrass, Rhythm & Blues and a touch of Reggae.



July 17 * Latin Salsa
FLO – Funky Latin Orchestra
A collective group of musicians out of the San Francisco greater Bay Area with 30 years plus to each of their credits of professional entertaining, performing, recording and touring with many music industry greats. FLO sweeps you off your feet with the smooth and energetic sounds of the Mambo, Latin Jazz, Old Skool Funk, Lain Rock, R & B, Pop, Oldies, Salsa and any other surprises that may be pulled out of their hat!


July 24 * Blues
Madison Blues Band
The Madison Blues Band featuring Kerry Daly on vocals is a six piece Chicago and Texas style blues band mixing upbeat dance tunes with soft torch ballads. They cover the spectrum of blues by the original artists- from Magic Sam to Bonnie Raitt. The Madison Blues Band has shared the stage with such notable blues legends as Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers, Louisiana Red, Kenny Neal, Magic Slim and the Teardrops, and Lazy Lester.


July 31 * Zydeco
Zydeco Flames
The Zydeco Flames have gained a reputation as the West Coast’s premiere Zydeco band. The Flames consistently pack the house in venues ranging from contemporary clubs to major festivals and traditional dance halls. Their sizzling roots rhythms are timeless and the execution of them relentless, with a stunningly powerful groove. The Flames’ sixth CD release “Fire It Up”, provides fans with hot Zydeco in the tradition of masters like Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco and Queen Ida.


August 7 * Motown
Pure Ecstasy
From Motown, R&B, Jazz, Soul and Classic Standards, Preston Turner has assembled the Bay Area’s finest vocalists and musicians that can fulfill all of your entertainment needs. From “My Girl” to ” September” to” Moves Like Jagger,” and even classics such as Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon”, the band’s soulful vocal harmony and talented musicians are recognized for their ability to excite and engage the audience.


August 14 * Rock/Soul
Jokers & Thieves
Jokers & Thieves has been playing together for four years in various shapes and sizes. They play melodic originals on their self-titled debut CD, Jokers & Thieves, and play clubs/events all over the greater San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to the soul and funk dance grooves that keep people jumping, Jokers & Thieves also plays the new popular radio songs that fans recognize and enjoy.


This link provides the schedule of entertainment, some with pictures:





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