The 4th of July and Foster City is Where You Want to Be: 2012

What will the weather be like July 4th?

Will Foster City’s annual 4th of July fun-filled day be warm and sunny?  I’ll believe it when it happens.  We see so few truly warm 4th of July’s that yes, I am a skeptic.  But I am hopeful.  I’m entitled to be since I am a native and I know….  It’s a little too early for the weatherman to be saying if it will be clear and warm.  They are getting better and better at telling us what to expect, but just in case, remember Foster City gets windy at night and can be downright cold.  Therefore, be prepared.  Prepared for lots of fun the entire day long but make sure you have warm clothing for the evening.

2010 4th of July FC parade

Foster City does a bang up job of celebrating the 4th of July starting with an annual pancake breakfast provided by Island United Church between 8AM and 11:30 AM, carnival rides for the kids, a parades for the family at 11 AM and dog show being held at the VIBE this year, after that at 11 AM as well.  There are arts and crafts and  family games.  At the Amphitheater you’ll find live music starting at 11:45 with a family concert by Andy Z and Country Music by The Buck Ford Pure Country Band between 4:15 and 5:45 PM and ending with a concert by The Bell Brothers from 7 to 9:15 PM.  You don’t need to bring a picnic with you since the Lion’s Club will cooking a BBQ dinner between 11:30 AM and 9 PM.  This is a nice way to donate to these groups and fill your family’s tummies, too.

4th of July parade 2010

I know you’ll smile looking at the patriotic group from the 4th of July parade in 2010 sporting red, white and blue!  This is what makes Foster City a great place to live and to be on the 4th of July.

Top the day off with the only fireworks show in the County of San Mateo!

It’s bound to be a great day.  Once evening comes get ready for a great fireworks show that starts right at 9:30 PM, once it’s dark.  I took these photos from the water but you will get a great view anywhere near the lake, on the grass at Leo Ryan Park, from Catamaran Park, or lined up along the Shell Blvd. bridge (if you’re careful that is since cars can drive across the bridge at that point).  There are restrictions on where you can watch with some homeowner’s associations so don’t crash areas.

Fireworks Foster City on the water

Don’t get caught short this year.

I have one word of caution for you if you must drive to Foster City in order to see the fireworks.  There will be a $10 charge for parking your car in the Parkside Tower garage at Shell and E. Hillsdale Blvd.  Handicap parking is always free and will be at the Library lot across from Parkside Tower.  This parking fee is to offset the cost of providing the only fireworks between San Francisco and Mountain View so please don’t complain!  It’s expensive to put on a fireworks show and someone has to pay for it in these dire times so a cost of $10 is pretty fair, don’t you agree?  Plan to come early to get your money’s worth, get a good parking spot and enjoy the day.  And, if you think you’ll be able to avoid the fee by parking near Safeway, think again.  Foster City’s finest is going to enforce limited parking in that lot.  You can park for no longer than one hour while you are shopping or eating at the center.  If you over stay the hour, be prepared for a ticket and it will cost a lot more than 10 bucks.

4th of july Foster City fireworks

Have a safe and sane 4th of July.  Please,don’t buy fireworks of your own and don’t shoot them off on your own.  It’s dangerous and silly to do when you can see a first rate show right here in Foster City.  Come and support the local organizations who provide the food, fun and activities.  Please allow for plenty of time to exit the parking garage after the fireworks and go home.  I know it can be exasperating for many with only a few ways in and out of Foster City.  Allow extra time going home and you’ll have a lovely evening.

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