Local events highlight family-friendly 'Fourth'

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Last year’s Los Altos Hills Fourth of July parade, above, draws a sizable crowd of residents.

Residents can celebrate Independence Day Thursday at a variety of local events.

• The city of Los Altos’ Recreation and Community Services has scheduled its annual Glorious Fourth picnic 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Shoup Park, 400 University Ave.

Activities will include live music from Ye Olde Towne Band and the Unicorns, and children’s games. Food will be available for purchase.

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• Residents can start the day with a Fourth of July pancake breakfast, set for 8:30-11 a.m. Thursday at Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, 858 University Ave.

A color guard will conduct a flag ceremony at 10 a.m., and three World War II veterans – all over age 95 – will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

Admission is free, but donations will be collected to support Help One Child’s Signs of Hope Camp, enabling 60 children to attend the camp in Scotts Valley.

For more information, call 948-4361 or visit

• The 11th annual Los Altos Hills Fourth of July Parade is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. with a march down Fremont Road ending at Gardner Bullis School.

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• The San Francisco Symphony is scheduled to headline the 33rd annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, 8 p.m. Thursday at Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View.

With the theme “To the Moon and Back,” the event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

Conducted by Edwin Outwater, the symphony will feature guest vocalists Capathia Jenkins and Constantine Maroulis performing hits such as “Rocket Man,” “Fly Me to the Moon” and “I Feel the Earth Move.”

Tickets are $25-$75.

For tickets, visit and enter “San Francisco Symphony” in the search box.

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