Independence Day is just a couple of weeks away. If you're looking to get out of town — but not too far out of town — may be suggest a jaunt to Santa Cruz? You can expect sun, blue skies and tons of red, white and blue fun to be had. Here are a few ideas for a perfect 4th of July in Santa Cruz County.
Every Friday night all summer long, classic bands play free concerts on the beach, and on July 3 the premiere Beatles tribute band is on deck. The Sun Kings will be playing favorites from the year 1965 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Bring a beach towel and picnic basket, and rock the night away.
Burn a few calories to start your day. The Firecracker 10K has been a Santa Cruz tradition since 1985. With a scenic 10K tackling the "majestic" hills of Pogonip Park, a flat and fast 5K and 1K fun run for kids, this race is perfect for all ages and abilities. And, included in the $20-$40 entry fee is a technical running tee and full pancake breakfast once you cross the finish line.
The annual celebration begins with a 3pm parade of classic cars, tricked out trucks and lots of tractors. The procession ends at Skypark Park where you'll find a carnival full of classic American grub, live music and games, and the county's only fireworks display after dark.
For the best view of the fireworks display, book a cruise with Sailing Santa Cruz. The 1.5 hour evening tour will make sure you're perfectly positioned for the show.