Port of Redwood City – Currents – June 2017

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What You Need to Know About Fourth of July Fireworks From the Port of Redwood City 
The 2017 Fourth of July fireworks show will held at the Port of Redwood City.

This spectacular aerial show is brought to the community by the City of Redwood City with sponsorship by Sares Regis, Sims Metal Management, County Consumer Plumbing Service & Repair Group, Recology, Boardwalk Chevrolet, and the Port of Redwood City.
Tribal Blues Band
  • Live music: Tribal Blues Band will play at the Port’s waterfront public access area adjacent to the Portside offices from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.  
  • There will be food trucks on hand from 7-9 p.m.
  • The fireworks extravaganza will start at approximately 9:30 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! This area is mostly private property with very limited public parking. Parking will be allowed in the Marina and Portside parking lot and along the westbound curb of Seaport Boulevard from Seaport Court to the entrance of Pacific Shores Center.  “Overflow” parking will be directed to the Port’s boat launch parking lot on Chesapeake Boulevard. City police will prevent traffic once it deems the parking areas will be full. Public restrooms around the marina will be available.
  • 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, and personal fireworks are illegal at all times in Redwood City.
  • There will be portable restrooms and sinks.
  • No BBQs.
  • Please do not bring your pets. Pets, particularly dogs, have very sensitive ears and the booms and bangs associated with a fireworks display can be quite uncomfortable. Leave pets at home if you are planning to attend a fireworks show.
  • Be sure to bring a blanket! 
The fireworks and concert at the Port will be preceded by the 79th annualfireworksIndependence Day Parade and the 31st annual Independence Day Festival in downtown Redwood City. Redwood City is celebrating it’s 150th Anniversary as a charter city. The overall theme is “Celebrate Redwood City 150, 1867-2017, discover our History, honor our Diversity, and explore our Neighborhoods.”

This is the link for the parade route:  http://www.parade.org/parade-route-map/  Grand marshal for the parade will be three-time Emmy award winner Kenny Ortega, a graduate from Sequoia High School.  Among Ortega’s other awards are two Director’s Guild of America Awards, a Fred & Adele Astaire’s annual Douglas

Kenny Ortega
Watt Lifetime Achievement Award, a Bob Fosse Award, an American Choreography Lifetime Achievement Award, an MTV Video Music Award, American Music Award, ALMA Award, Nosotros Golden Eagle Award, Imagen Creative Achievement Award and an NAACP Award.  http://www.emmys.com/bios/kenny-ortega
Additional information about the parade and festival is at: http://www.parade.org 
The San Mateo County History Museum will present “An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July” within its museum, the 107-year-old county courthouse in Redwood City. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. children will be invited to hand-crank homemade vanilla ice cream and then take a taste. They will also make traditional Independence Day crafts to take home with them. Beginning at 1 pm, adults will be invited to view vintage films of the San Francisco Peninsula from the Museum’s archives. Museum admission will be half-price that day: $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and students and, as always, free for kids five and under. Activities will take place to coincide with the famous Redwood City Independence Day parade.

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