Fourth of July weekend signals return to pre-pandemic traditions – Marin Independent Journal

Marin is preparing for a banner Fourth of July holiday weekend with many revived pre-pandemic traditions expected to generate large crowds.

Temperatures are expected to be relatively cool for the season –– between the upper 60s and low 70s for the high on Monday, the July 4 holiday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Canepa. Meteorologists were watching a weather system move into the area from the Pacific Northwest, which could bring a “passing sprinkle” over the weekend, he said.

But even possible precipitation is not expected to put a damper on the number of people hitting the road in the Bay Area and statewide, said Aldo Vasquez, American Automobile Association spokesperson. The total number of travelers nationwide was expected to be at 98% of pre -pandemic levels, he said, with 47.9 million total travelers.

Vasquez noted that 42 million of the travelers would be traveling in vehicles despite surging gas prices to a rate almost $ 2 more than last year. The average price of gas in Marin is $ 6.38, compared to a state average of $ 6.31.

“It’s going to be a busy one,” he said.

He said AAA recommends traveling early in the morning or late at night to avoid rush hour traffic, and also anticipating delays or cancellations in flights due to the surge in travelers.

Recreation officials are hoping that the return of traditions that were postponed or modified during the COVID era generate not only fun, but a commercial impact.

“The Corte Madera chamber is thrilled to have the July 4th parade and festival back this year,” said Julie Kritzberger, the chamber’s executive director. “The feedback we’ve received is positive. Everyone is so excited to have these events return.”

She said the sheriff’s posse, Cheer SF, marching bands, and trucks showcasing local bands were among the parade highlights. The parade will begin at 10:30 am Monday at Redwood High School. Festivities will follow in Town Park with live music, activities and food.

Novato is also bringing back its Fourth of July parade. The 2021 parade was virtual due to concerns about COVID-19. The parade begins at 10 am Monday on Grant Avenue. The theme is “Celebrate Kindness.”

The event will be preceded by the 68th annual Buckaroo Breakfast put on by the Presbyterian Church of Novato. The proceeds are expected to benefit community partners and there will be free patriotic art projects and books available for children.

Sausalito is also bringing back its well-loved parade, complete with a fireworks show in Gabrielson Park.

The parade begins at 10 am Monday at the intersection of Second and Main streets and heads down Bridgeway and Caledonia Street. The parade will be followed by a live band and picnic in Dunphy Park. Fireworks will be viewable from Gabrielson Park, with the display being held off of Spinnaker Point.

The Homestead Valley Community Association will host a parade and picnic on Monday. It will begin at 10:30 am at Volunteer Park.

The weekend will also include the notable return of the Marin County Fair, scheduled for 11 am to 11 pm beginning Thursday. For two years, the fair offered online presentations, but did not include any in-person events.

This year’s theme is “So Happy Together!” The focus will be on outdoor performers such as jugglers, unicyclists, and stilt walkers, and interactive art experiences.

The fair will also feature traditional carnival rides, the global marketplace and fireworks nightly over Lagoon Park. The competitive exhibits program will take place online as it did in 2021. The event will also feature performances by Pablo Cruise, Sheila E, Digable Planets, Sons of Champlin, Matt Jaffe and Soul Ska.

Marin Transit will offer free local rides to the fair and the Marin County Bicycle Coalition will offer free bicycle valet service. On Thursday, opening day, entry is free for children under 12 and adults over the age of 65.

Early bird general admission tickets are $ 20 until the first day of the fair. Regular general admission tickets are $ 25 for adults and teens, $ 20 seniors 65 and older and children 4 to 12. Children under 4 are free. Active duty military are free and veterans are $ 20 with ID. All fair tickets include general admission to the headline concerts.

The last day of the fair is Monday.

Other events happening that day include the Lions Flea Market in Woodacre, which will be followed by the firefighters’ pancake breakfast, the Woodacre parade and the San Geronimo Valley Lions barbecue.

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area will host a waterfront picnic at Cavallo Point with Chef Michael Garcia grilling ribs and chicken and other cuisine-level fare. The Monday event will feature live music, croquet, cornhole, and other lawn games.

The Town of Ross will host a 4th of July celebration that includes a parade that is open to the public for participants to decorate their car, bike or themselves. The Monday parade is followed by a picnic on the Ross Common.

There will be a viewing of the San Francisco fireworks show aboard the Angel Island Tiburon Ferry at 8 pm Monday.

Public fireworks shows, such as the nightly event at the fair, is a way to enjoy traditional festivities, while also abiding by a county ban on individual use of fireworks.

Fireworks are illegal in Marin, said Todd Overshiner, Marin County Fire Department battalion chief. Use or possession of fireworks is a misdemeanor punishable by fines up to $ 410, the county said.

Officials don’t expect any closures of public space at this time due to fire danger, he said, but authorities will be on high alert for a surprise spark or fire due to the drought and the historically dry conditions in the county.

“That has started fires in the past, historically, that can destroy homes and cause damage,” he said. “We want folks to plan their weekend safely. Safety is still No. 1.”

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