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4th of July in Santa Cruz 2024

How about celebrating Independence Day in Santa Cruz style?

Dates: July 4

4th of July in Santa Cruz
4th of July in Santa Cruz
4th of July in Santa Cruz
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It's amazing how this small coastal community hosts such a variety of 4th of July events. Groups of visitors are attracted annually to Santa Cruz to take in the festive spirit while celebrating the Independence of the United States. You definitely need to witness these numerous parades and unforgettable fireworks for yourself. From Boulder Creek to Watsonville to Santa Cruz Firecracker Race, World's Shortest 4th of July Parade in Aptos, Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade, and Scotts Valley 4th of July Parade & Fireworks, there is always something to marvel at!

Boulder Creek 4th of July Parade (July 4, 2024)

The 4th of July brings clouds of people to Boulder Creek to enjoy Independence Day activities. Whatever you can imagine, everything is here for you and your family: a famous pancake breakfast, a swimming hole, BBQ, music, vendors, beer & wine, and, of course, the not-to-be-missed free parade downtown. The Boulder Creek 4th of July Parade usually takes place in the streets of historic downtown Boulder Creek from 10 am to 12 pm. During the show, guests will witness marching bands, engines, floats, horses, fancy automobiles, historical reenactments, local heroes, and much more. Entry admission costs from $20.00 to $50.00.

Santa Cruz Firecracker Race (July 4, 2024)

Start celebrating the Independence of America by running the Santa Cruz Firecracker 10K or 5K. This running event has been a 4th of July tradition in Santa Cruz since 1985 and includes a 1K run for kids as well. The 10K, 5K, and a Kid's 1K Fun Run will start at Harvey West Park, and participants must be previously registered.

Runners on the 10K will be challenged with "Thrill of the Hill" in Pogonip Park, the Spring Trail, before returning to Harvey West Park with great music, post-race burritos, and awards. The 5K will run through a flat and fast course, which is completely located in the Harvey West Business Park Area.

Participating in the Race costs $10 for Kids 1K, the 10K Race—$35, and the 5K Race is $30. Kids 1K kicks off at 8 am, the 10K Race at 8:30 am, and the 5K Race at 8:40 am. Participants finish at 11:59 am. The most significant annual benefit event, Firecracker Races, applies its proceeds to international and national charity projects.

World's Shortest 4th of July Parade in Aptos (July 4, 2024)

The famous 4th of July parade in the small town of Aptos lasts just 0.6 miles (1 km) or two city blocks and is deservedly known as “The World’s Shortest Parade.” The event usually starts at 10 am, and there is always a Party in the Park from noon to 4 pm, hosted by Aptos Village Park. Visitors can also relax and replenish with a world of food, vendors, music, and different activities around.

Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade (July 4, 2024)

Keep an eye on the Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July parade to celebrate the unbelievable Independence Day. This amazing Watsonville event features equestrian units, local non-profit agencies, fire engines, car clubs, tractors, antique cars, and, of course, the Watsonville Band. The parade starts at 12:30 pm and proceeds in Historic Downtown Watsonville from St. Patrick’s Church down Main Street to First Street, with thousands of viewers lining the route over five people deep.

If guests want to get a seat in the front row, it will be a good idea to wake up early on the parade date to place chairs along the course. In 2024, the organizers are preparing to receive up to 15,000 anticipated attendees. It is even possible to take part in the parade after submitting an entry form. There is only one requirement: to be entertaining, creative, and exciting.

Scotts Valley 4th of July Parade & Fireworks (July 4, 2024)

Welcome to the celebration of Independence in Scotts Valley! This unforgettable event is full of various activities, food, and other family-friendly events. The annual party in Scotts Valley opens with a parade (at 12 pm) along Scotts Valley Drive and continues with a free kids' zone and food vendors. The main attraction during the event was an impressive and unique fireworks show in Santa Cruz. However, in 2024, due to a late start, limited funding, and some obstacles, the fireworks show was canceled.

Old Fashioned Independence Day (July 4, 2024)

Santa Cruz offers to visit the Independence Day Old Fashioned celebration for those who want to immerse themselves in an early 1900s atmosphere. Guests can join the parade at Wilder Ranch State Park and visit events, including lawn games, machine shop, and blacksmith demos. Also, this free parade will feature live music, freshly baked goods, hand-crafted ice cream, living history demos, crafts, and games.

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