Half Moon Bay July 4th Celebration: Pancake Breakfast, Parade, Live Music and Patriotic Pooches

Celebrate this 4th of July with a variety of events to choose from on the Coast.

It’s sad but true that Half Moon Bay will not be hosting a fireworks celebration this year.

The Princeton-based American Legion Coastside Fireworks Committee was unable to raise an adequate amount of funding to pay for the display.

Still, there are July 4th festivities happening on the Coast for those wanting to stay local and celebrate Independence Day.

Here’s a look at what to expect on July 4 in Half Moon Bay. And if you know of an event that we missed, please let us know in the Comments section below, and we’ll include it in this listing.


Lions Annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast

Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 8 to 11: 30 a.m., $5

Mac Dutra Park

Kelly Street and Main Street

Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

The Half Moon Bay Lions Annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast is being held at Mac Dutra Park. Stop by before the parade to get a 4th of July plate of pancakes.


4th of July Red White and Blues BBQ at Coastside Adult Day Health Center

Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 11 a.m.

Coastside Adult Day Health Center

645 Correas St.

Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

BBQ party to benefit the kicks off in the parking area of the Center with Big Crawdaddy Band performing from 1 to 4 p.m.


Annual 4th of July Parade

Wednesday, July 4, 2012, Noon

Main Street

Half Moon Bay, CA  94019

Half Moon Bay celebrates Independence Day and its classic small town spirit with the popular Ol' Fashioned 4th of July Parade. Starting at noon, the delightful, home-spun parade featuring a charming array of creative floats, marching bands, equine groups, classic cars, decorated trikes and bikes, "Pooches on Parade", youth sports teams, dance and theatre troupes, a Color Guard by the American Legion, and local dignitaries will slowly wind its way through downtown.


4th Annual Pooches on Parade

Wednesday, July 4, 2012, Noon

Main Street

Half Moon Bay, CA  94019

The Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay presents the 4th Annual Pooches on Parade, starting at noon, the public is invited to watch pooch parents proudly parade their pets' patriotic side down Main Street in Half Moon Bay. Registration check-in begins at 10:45am at the Half Moon Bay Library, 620 Correas Ave. Don't have a dog? No worries! John and Marcia Traversaro, event organizers, bring their imaginary dogs, Cuff and Link. A stuffed animal also works just fine for parade purposes. And if these options don't appeal to you, we are working to create a social network for those who are dogless and are interested in helping walk those who have more than two dogs. Take advantage of all the opportunities to pre-register and the event will be free. If you wait till parade there will be a $10 registration fee.


Youth Art in Action & Historic Fourth of July Parade

Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Coastside Land Trust, 788 Main Street 

Half Moon Bay

Bring the kids for a day of creative discovery at the Coastside Land Trust Gallery, and see the Fourth of July Parade down Main Street. The gallery's Summer Show features works representing coastal open space. Children are invited to demonstrate their own creative impressions of our coastal habitats and explore techniques in charcoal, watercolor, collage and more. Art stations will be set up in the front yard, with easy access to the Parade.


4th Annual 4th of July- Bark- B-Q

Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 1 p.m.

1410 Cabrillo Hwy

Off Highway 1 (next to Smith Field Little League Park and the Half Moon Bay Horseshoe Pits)

Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Immediately following the Pooches on Parade, Cameron Palmer will “whine” and dine dogs with a Bark-B-Q, sponsored by The Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay, at Cameron’s Restaurant and Inn, featuring doggie goodie bags, costume contests, prizes and a raffle. The event is free for Pooches on Parade participants only. All are invited to enjoy the Bark BQ, pup-cakes and bark along with the band, Blue. The first 200 dogs will receive a doggy treat bag. 


The American Legion Post 474 BBQ

Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 1:30 to 7:30 p.m.

470 Capistrano Road


An annual tradition, the American Legion will host a barbecue picnic with food available for purchase. The Mad Brothers and Robin Campbell Band perform from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m.

See photos from the 2011 fireworks celebration in Half Moon Bay by photographer James Tensuan .


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