Aside from a strong tradition of block parties, Willow Glen doesn’t have Fourth of July festivities of its own, but fortunately there are some great options nearby for the day itself and everybody’s favorite part of the fourth: fireworks!
The Rose Garden’s “Rose, White and Blue” parade and San Jose Giant’s post-game fireworks show are both right in Willow Glen’s backyard and can be enjoyed for free. Here is some information about each of them, along with some other options that are a short drive away.
For two years Treehouse in the Glen on Lincoln Avenue has hosted a 4th of July kid’s Concert featuring the very fun PapaHugs Band. This year they’re combining it with their monthly Kidical Mass in the Glen ride, which as a special treat will meet up with the “Rose, White & Blue” parade in the Rose Garden!
Enjoy a family holiday filled with History, Patriotism and Roses! The Rose, White and Blue Parade and Festival held annually on 4th of July in San Jose, California is a revival of the historic Rose Carnival of 1896, later known as The Fiesta de Las Rosas Parade in the 1920′s.
Enjoy an old fashioned family-style parade as it winds through the Rose Garden neighborhood ending on the grand avenue of the The Alameda. This homespun parade features live bands, dance groups, home-made floats, kids on bikes, antique cars, and more. Following the parade attendees will enjoy the picnic on The Alameda featuring food and drink from local restaurants under the shade of our trees on The Alameda together with live music.
With all due respect to mom and apple pie, nothing’s as American as a minor league baseball game with post-game fireworks, and that’s what’s on tap at nearby Municipal Stadium as the San Jose Giants host the Modesto Nuts on Monday the 4th itself and the next day. Both games start at 6:30 with the fireworks show immediately after the game. For more info visit the San Jose Giants site. You can also watch the fireworks from the Happy Hollow parking lot. Parking costs just $10, and they’ll be selling concessions and glow sticks so come set up camp and enjoy the show!
In years past adjacent properties such as Kelley Park and SJSU’s stadium complex have let people park for free to enjoy the show, and it’s a safe bet they’ll be doing so again, but I haven’t been able to find any confirmation that that’ll be the case this year as well.