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.

4th of July Parade

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.

Still need more? Head over to the Golden State Theatre in Oldtown Monterey where the Monterey County Pops put on a free patriotic concert accompanied by a high tech laser show. The doors open at 6pm and the program begins at 7pm. 

Colton Hall, Monterey

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, food, fun and games! Pack a lunch, bring a blanket and chill out to classic rock jams from Cheeky Spanks.

Pacific Grove

"America's Last Hometown" goes big with a BBQ and live entertainment at Caledonia Park from 10:30am-3pm. Pacific Grove welcomes guests for live music from Firefly and Mambo Wally, 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 chicken and $5 hot dogs.

King City

Show your red, white and blue at San Lorenzo Park in King City. The 4th of July Celebration includes live entertainment, vendors and concessions, a classic gas engine and tractor show, museum exhibitions and tours including a working blacksmith shop.

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 at 10am 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."