Fourth of July festivities in Menlo Park began with a parade that set off from the corner of Santa Cruz Ave and Chestnut St. shortly before noon. It stretched for a half a mile – a human chain of festooned kids and adults along with decorated vehicles of all sorts. And of course, a real old timey car to underscore the emphasis on old fashioned fun.
Marches ended at Burgess where there were jumpy houses and slides for tots to older kids as well as assorted activities and games, including hula hoop competitions (the adult winner is pictured left, below) and potato sack races. Danceable music was provided by Dave and the Diamonds.
Given the warm temperature, picnickers sought shade when it was time to eat and face spritzers to cool off even more. It’s a day where pictures tell the story (so do scroll down!) – and thanks go out the Community Services department of the city of Menlo for providing the planning and staffing.