Get Out: Enjoy 4th of July Weekend

Welcome to our weekend planner, giving you the best weekend activities for Palo Alto and surrounding cities.

It’s Thursday, and if you have no idea what you’ll do for the weekend, Patch is coming to the rescue.

We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check out our picks for the activities to hit and new bars/restaurants/shops to explore.


Where/When: , 269 Campus Dr, Stanford; Saturday, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Why Go: Kick off your long weekend with an MLS game right next door at Stanford stadium. Families invited to tailgate and enjoy pregame entertaiment before the San Jose Earthquakes vs. New York Red Bulls game, which will be followed by fireworks.

Pricing: $15-$50


Where/When: The Craneway Pavilion 1414 Harbour Way S, Richmond; Sunday, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Why Go: Enjoy a fireworks extravaganza on the Richmond waterfront, with fantastic views of the San Francisco skyline. The event features fireworks accompaniment from the Oakland East Bay Symphony at 8 p.m. (other local music groups will perform beforehand).

Pricing: Free


Where/When: , 600 E Meadow Dr, Palo Alto; Monday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Why Go: Taste an array of chili dishes prepared by teams of chefs battling for the chili championship. Music by Johnny Super, Line dancing by Hedy McAdams, DJ Joe Sheldon, kids activities and food. Chili tasting starts at 1:30 p.m.

Pricing: Free, small fee for tasting chili


Where/When: , 1 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View; Monday, 8 p.m.

Why Go: Join the San Francisco Symphony in celebrating Independence Day as they accompany fireworks at the Shoreline Amphiteatre with a number of classical favorites, from Leonard Bernstein to John Williams. Don't forget a blanket if you purchase lawn seats!

Pricing: $24-$29.50


Where/When: , 26379 W Fremont Rd, Los Altos Hills; Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Why Go: Deck your family out in red, white and blue and bring your trikes, scooters and skates for this traditional parade celebration! Meet at Town Hall and march to Gardner Bullis School--parade starts at 10 a.m. 

Pricing: Free


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