Though there won’t be a Fourth of July fireworks show here this year, the Coastside will be celebrating our nation and each other.
*Start with the Half Moon Bay Lions Club pancake breakfast, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mac Dutra Park, Main Street and Kelly Avenue.
*Beginning at noon, the Ol’-Fashion Fourth of July Parade winds down Main Street from Correas to Mill streets. American Legion Post 474 will lead veterans and local Boy Scouts followed by Coastsiders decked out in red, white and blue. Look for local dignitaries in classic cars, little ones on Bikes and Trikes, mounted units and floats from local nonprofits.
*Pooches on Parade will include about 200 dogs this year, but it actually begins June 30 with the Yappy Hour from 1 to 4 p.m. at Pasta Moon Gardens, 315 Main St., Half Moon Bay. There, get a bottle of “Sit & Stay Chardonnay” with a scenic label created by local artist Ellen Joseph, and have your dog’s paw print affixed to the back of the bottle. Pooches on Parade itself includes a doggie contest. Pre-registration for Pooches is required at Yappy Hour or at poochesonparade.org.
After the parade, lots of picnics and holiday fun are waiting:
*The Coastside Adult Day Health Center at 645 Correas St. in Half Moon Bay begins the annual Red, White and Blues BBQ at 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. There’s live music from 1 to 4 p.m. with “Queen of Boogie Woogie” Wendy DeWitt, the Grant Walters All-Star Band, harmonica master Andy Santana and Big Crawdaddy. Barbecue is available for purchase. 726-5067.
*The American Legion Post 474 at 470 Capistrano Road in Princeton has a barbecue picnic, with food available for purchase, the Mad Brothers and Robin Campbell Band from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. 728-9224.
*The Bark-B-Q at Cameron’s Inn Outback at 1410 South Cabrillo Highway from 1:30 to 4 p.m., is free for those who registered for Pooches on Parade, or $10 otherwise. There will be live music by Blue and a raffle with prizes. Visit poochesonparade.org.
-- Stacy Trevenon