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Celebrate Independence Day (and your day off) this year where California was first born! Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Spreckels are each throwing their own hometown bashes. Which one will you be attending?

Monterey

Historic Monterey shows off their patriotism with multiple events throughout the day! The holiday kicks off with a spectacular 4th of July parade at 10am which marches down Alvarado and Calle Principal. Afterwards stick around for the annual lawn party on the grass in front of Colton Hall on Pacific Street from 11am to 4:30pm. The entire family will love the non-stop live music, carnival games, face painting and food booths. Still need more? Once the sun sets head over to Jacks Park on Franklin and Figueroa Streets. The Monterey County Pops puts on a free patriotic concert. The gates open at 5pm and the program begins at 7pm.

The Cooper Molera Adobe in downtown Monterey opens its doors for Living History. From 11am to 3pm the entire family will enjoy tours, games, crafts and tortilla making! Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children under 17 and free for those 5 and under.

The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa even gets in on the 4th of July action with July 4th on the Plaza. The day begins at 11:30am where hungry visitors can get their hands on tasty BBQ fare including barbecue pork sandwiches, Philly steak sandwiches, tri-tip, hot dogs and hamburgers. Be sure to stick around for live music from the Tsunami rock band.

Pacific Grove

“America’s Last Hometown” goes big with a BBQ and live entertainment at Caledonia Park from 10:30am-2pm. Pacific Grove welcomes guests for live music from Firefly and Moonalice, games, popcorn and snow cones. Don’t miss the old-fashioned BBQ which includes chicken or hot dogs, baked beans, garlic bread, salad and dessert. The BBQ lunch is a steal at $10 for adult and $5 for kids. PG-4th

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Beginning at noon Devendorf Park on Ocean Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea turns red, white and blue for a day packed full of live music, fun and games! Pack a lunch, bring a blanket and chill out to classic rock jams from Cheeky Spanks.

Spreckels

The tiny town tucked away in the Salinas Valley throws a big party in honor of America’s Independence. Spreckels starts the day off with organized 5K and 10K races followed by a parade, crafts, food and more! Don’t miss a patriotic performance from the Monterey County Pops from 10:30am-11:45pm at Spreckels Memorial Park. The powerful ensemble of trumpets, French horns, trombones, euphonium, tuba, percussion and timpani includes a salute to America with songs like "Fanfare for the Common Man" and "Stars and Stripes Forever."