All over the Peninsula, cities will be celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks, parades and other events though the most spectacular show is probably the one in Mountain View's back yard.
Shoreline Amphitheatre is holding its 23rd annual "Fireworks Spectacular" on the night of Saturday, July 4 starting at 8 p.m. Shoreline is joining forces with the San Francisco Symphony, which will play many selections including Disney songs, music from "2001: A Space Odyssey," "The Planets" and "Star Trek." During the Star Trek retrospective, actor George Takei, a cast member of the original television series, will be guest narrator.
Many tickets to the event appear to be sold out, but as of press time a number of $30 tickets were still available on the Live Nation Web site. Parking at Shoreline costs $10. Residents can also watch the fireworks show from the Palo Alto Baylands or from Shoreline Park.
Other major Fourth of July events on the Peninsula include:
* The 28th annual Palo Alto Chili Cook-Off. Twenty teams will be competing at Mitchell Park, located at 600 E. Meadow Drive in Palo Alto, to serve the best chili on Saturday, July 4 from noon to 5 p.m. There will be live music and arts and crafts. The event is free, but to taste the chili participants pay $5 to try out five different chilies. They then vote on the best recipe, and one chef leaves the event a chili champion. For more information, call (650) 463-4953 or visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/recreation.
* The Fourth of July Parade & Celebration in Menlo Park. The parade starts at Santa Cruz and Chestnut and runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The celebration starts at noon at Burgess Park and includes games, crafts and music. There is a $6 fee for the parade and activities. For more information, call (650) 330-2200, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.menlopark.org.