2021 Fourth of July happenings in the South Bay

Even though the annual Cupertino fireworks show has been canceled this year, there are still plenty of events and ways to celebrate as a community. Here’s a list of what’s happening in and around Cupertino.

Cupertino

On Sunday, July 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., the Quinlan Community Center is hosting a community Pancake Breakfast at Memorial Park. Attendees will be required to pay a cash fee upon entry and will only have to wear masks when using the restrooms located indoors. Click here for more details.

San Jose

In San Jose, while the Almaden Lakes Park annual fireworks show has been cancelled this year, the Rose Garden neighborhood’s annual Rose, White and Blue Festival will be taking place on Sunday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held on Stockton Ave. to Magnolia Ave. and will feature a parked car show, live music and dance, food trucks and shops featuring local vendors and artists. More information can be found here.

Mountain View

The City of Mountain View is encouraging families to celebrate the 4th at home with a summer camp-out by providing an activities kit that includes: s’mores kits for four, constellation guide, glow in the dark stars, two craft kits and more. Residents can purchase the kit in advance here and will be available for pickup from June 28 – July 2 at the Mountain View Senior Center.

Santa Clara

California’s Great America in Santa Clara is hosting an all-day Fourth of July celebration on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Residents can spend the day riding roller coasters and finish it  if off with “one of the area’s most impressive displays of 4th of July fireworks” starting at 8:45 p.m. More information can be found here.

Counties, cities step up fines for illegal fireworks

In the midst of the current drought and ahead of the holiday, Santa Clara County fire agencies are reminding residents that fireworks are illegal and warning them of the extreme danger that fireworks pose to our communities. People who are caught using, possessing, storing or selling illegal fireworks will receive fines. Residents are encouraged to report the use of illegal firework activity to their local police department.

San Jose specifically has some of the steepest fines in the Bay Area for illegal fireworks use. Fines start at $1,000 and can reach up to $50,000 plus jail time depending on the quantity of fireworks used or sold.

Stay safe, South Bay!