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Your Guide to Celebrating July 4th, 2019 in Santa Cruz County!

From the redwoods to the coast, Santa Cruz County has a sparkling array of events for you to celebrate Independence Day in a big way. Fireworks, family fun, food, parades, and more; we hope July 4th, 2019 is your brightest Fourth of July yet!

Pleasure Point 4th of July Parade

Worlds shortest 4th of July Surf Parade! Enjoy the community spirit of Pleasure Point with the “Do it Yourself” motto of this parade! Get in the spirit, get in your 4th of July fashions and decorate your wheels to ride or stroll the parade route. Dress up your kids and pets! Maybe play the Ukulele, Kazoo or whatever you make beautiful noise with and create a band. Meet at 33rd and East Cliff Drive then parade to The Hook. Enjoy the awesome views and picnic along the sea. It’s Independence Day!

Pleasure Point County Park
E Cliff Drive and 33rd Avenue 
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

TIME: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Scotts Valley 4th of July and Fireworks

Come celebrate July 4th in Scotts Valley! Parade, flyover, fireworks, outrageous BBQ, two live bands, games, petting zoo, & much more! Advance tickets $6, at the door $8 (4 and under free). Activities and food are not included in price of admission. ATM available onsite.

361 Kings Village Road
Scotts Valley, CA

TIME: 3pm Parade | 4pm Food, Music & Games | 9:15pm Fireworks!

Roaring Camp: 4th of July Family Fun Events

Bring out the entire family and friends for a fun-filled day of games, live music and an all-American barbecue. See why the west was wild aboard our Redwood Forest Steam Train as you witness shootouts between famed lawmen and notorious outlaws during our Great Train Robbery.

Roaring Camp Railroads
5401 Graham Hill Road
Felton, CA

Boulder Creek 4th of July Parade

This classic Fourth of July parade, set in downtown Boulder Creek, attracts upwards of 10,000 attendees each year. If you are a mountain dweller this is one you won’t want to miss.

Downtown Boulder Creek Hwy 9 – between Scarborough Lumber and Railroad Avenue
Boulder Creek, CA

TIME: 10am

Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Firecracker 5K & 10K Race

Since 1985, The Firecracker 10k has been a Santa Cruz Independence Day tradition. Started by the City of Santa Cruz in 1985, the race was taken over by the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club in 2004. That glow you see on the horizon is the 34th Annual Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club’s Firecracker Run. There are three distances, something for the whole family – a 10K, a 5K and a 1K for the kids. Registration is open. The only thing missing is you! Race Day Schedule: pre-registered runners check-in, and race day registration from 6:30 – 7:45am (for 1K), 6:30 – 8:00am (5K/10K) Race day registration runners pick up Bib Numbers at Registration on July 4th. Kids’ 1K run at 8:00am, 10K starts at 8:30am and 5K starts at 8:40am

Harvey West Park
326 Evergreen Street
Santa Cruz, CA

TIME: Registration 6:30am – 7:45am | Kid’s 1K 8:00am | Firecracker 10K  8:30am | Firecracker 5K 8:40am | Awards 9:45am – 10:00am

Aptos 4th of July Celebration

“World’s Shortest Parade.” Pancake breakfast 7:30am, parade at 10am, party in the park with live music, games, arts & crafts 11am-4pm at Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Road.

Aptos Village
100 Aptos Creek Road

TIME: 7:30am – 4pm

Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade

New time! The 2016 Spirit of Watsonville hometown parade hits Main Street at 12pm. Expect floats, classic and muscle cars, antique tractors and equipment, and equestrians. Get there early to reserve your front row seat!

St. Patrick’s Church
721 Main Street
Watsonville, CA

TIME: 12pm

Watsonville Airport Open House: Fire in the Sky

Kick-off your Independence Day celebration early! Join us on the 3rd for food, games, entertainment and of course, fireworks!

Municipal Airport
100 Aviation Way
Watsonville, CA

TIME: 6:30pm- 10pm

Wilder Ranch Old-Fashioned Independence Day

Visit Wilder Ranch’s historic cultural preserve and take a step in time 100 years ago as you participate in an early 1900s-style Independence Day celebration, including a family parade at noon, games, children’s crafts area, live big-band music, living history demonstrations, historic speeches, and flag-raising. Food and drink available for sale, or bring a picnic lunch. Day-use parking fee is $10.

Wilder Ranch State Park
1401 Coast Road
Santa Cruz, CA

TIME: 11am – 4pm

Big Basin Fourth of July Weekend Talent Show: Saturday, July 6th

Come and celebrate Independence Day with a campfire, sing-a-long and talent show! If you have a skit, poem, song or a talent you would like to share, sign up at headquarters in advance. All presentations should be appropriate for all ages. Acts should be only 3 to 5 minutes in length. Participants need to arrive promptly at 7:00pm at the historic campfire center. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7:00pm. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park
21600 Big Basin Way 
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 United States
831.338.8861 8

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Special Reminder: 4th of July Safety and Cleanup Programs

This is Santa Cruz County’s busiest weekend of the season. In an effort to protect and preserve our beautiful county, violators who disrespect the beaches will be subject to fines, and several initiatives are being launched to help keep the beaches clean.

For safety & regulations from the Santa Cruz Police Department, click here!

Click here to learn more about how you can help! And during your travels, please remember to walk, bike, and drive safely.

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