Celebrate July 4 in the county where there’s something for everyone! From the quirky parade in Mendocino to spectacular fireworks, fly the flag for independence in Mendocino.
Frontier Days in Willits
The Frontier Days party begins in Willits with Frontier Days on June 21 and continues until July 4 when festivities culminate in an All-American parade through downtown, a family barbecue in the park, a country ‘n western rodeola with music and dancing, all topped off by the rodeo. Willits is renowned for holding the longest running rodeo in California, started in 1927 by community leaders, at the time, to raise funds for a hospital. The hospital was built long ago, but the rodeo carries on!
Fort Bragg Fun!
The City of Fort Bragg knows how to have a great time over the July 4 holiday! Kick off the weekend on July 6 at the ever-popular World’s Largest Salmon BBQ! This family-friendly event has been raising funds to save the coast’s salmon population since the 1970s. The beneficiary (or should that be “bene-fish-ary?”) is the Salmon Restoration Association. Held at South Noyo Harbor, festivities start at 11AM and run until 6PM. A $33 ticket ($10 for kids) buys a huge plate of freshly cooked salmon, grilled over open fires, corn, salad, and bread. Local wines and beers round out the meal. Enjoy live music while you chow down.
Who doesn’t love fireworks? Arrive early at Todd Point on Pomo Bluffs to get the best seat in the house — although there really isn’t a bad one anywhere in town! Come equipped with low chairs, blankets, and snacks and wait for dusk when the show begins. Ooh and aaah with the crowd as the night sky lights up!
We All Love a Parade
Every July 4, without fail, in rain, fog or shine, the entire town of Mendocino plus hundreds of onlookers, turns out for a parade of silliness! Starting promptly at noon, a crocodile of floats, horses with riders, llamas, dogs, teddy bears in Red Flyer Wagons, a giant bird, motorcycles, activists, and politicians take to the streets to wend their way before an adoring crowd! Spend the night at the Mendocino Hotel to claim a coveted seat on the balcony with clear views all the fun. Bring a blanket and stretch out on the Kelley House lawn where you can enjoy one of the best views, enjoy the BBQ & Lawn Party, listen to live music, and enjoy wine, beer, margaritas and more!
Patterson’s Pub is the place to sample freshly shucked oysters and a Bloody Mary or try the Fire House where the crew will be serving up burgers and dogs. Dick’s Place will be serving their world-famous Bloody Mary’s — enjoy at a window seat in the bar. Following the parade, head over to Friendship Park for afternoon activities with vendors, food, and live music.
Play in Point Arena
Head to the south coast of Mendocino County for a whole weekend of festivities in Point Arena. On July 6, pile into the Arena Theater for some rocking music with Superunloader. Saturday July 6 promises the street fair beginning at 4PM featuring local merchants and vendors in Arena Cove. There’ll be live music, crafts, kids’ activities, and a wide selection of food, local beers and wines. Fun for all ages! Once the sun sets, get ready for a spectacular display of pyrotechnics. Top off the night with more music and dancing at the Arena Theater.
Pull out your wackiest costume and suit up for the hometown parade at noon on July 7 featuring firetrucks, classic cars, floats, drum corps, dancers, horses, artcars, and lots of surprises! Follow the parade to Bower Park on Old Stage Road, where you can picnic away the afternoon with a BBQ, games, and live music. All proceeds benefit the Point Arena schools.
Old Time July 4
Celebrate Independence Day with kids bike parade, relay games, bouncy house, splash chair, and tug of war at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville from 12-4pm. This year food offerings include a whole roasted pig and fresh tortillas and salsa, as well as annual favorites like deviled eggs, fresh fruit cones, ice cream, and more. Cake auction and wine auction helps raise money for fresh food in our schools. This is a relaxed, fun, and friendly afternoon—don’t miss it!