Still, it takes more than a recession to keep down the fireworks show at Shoreline Amphitheatre. Here's a sampling of local Fourth festivities:
• Fireworks are planned at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View as part of the annual San Francisco Symphony performance starting at 8 p.m. on July 4. The program includes music by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, John Williams, Stephen Schwartz, John Adams and John Philip Sousa. Tickets are $24-$29.50. Go to sfsymphony.org.
• The wind band plays with The Unicorns at a Fourth celebration in Los Altos' Shoup Park, 400 University Ave. The free event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Call (650) 949-5908 or go to www.losaltoscf.org and click on "Events."
• From noon to 5 p.m. on the Fourth, the 29th annual Summer Festival & Chili Cook-off happens at Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. Chili tasting begins at 1:30 p.m. and the awards ceremony is at 3:45. The band Blues at Eleven plays, and Hedy McAdams leads line dancing. Go to www.cityofpaloalto.org/recreation or call (650) 463-4921.
• Redwood City's 72nd annual parade starts at 10 a.m. on July 4 at Brewster Avenue and Winslow Street and travels around downtown with floats and marching bands. The festival begins at 9 a.m., with arts and crafts booths, food and drink, a pancake breakfast, a battle of the bands and other activities. Go to www.parade.org.