Get ready for 4th of July in Kenwood
Summer looms with warm, sunny days, long, lingering evenings, and the certainty that on July 4, Kenwood will celebrate our national holiday with style and verve. It all starts early with a church-sponsored pancake breakfast, followed by 3K and 10K footraces, one of the best 30-minute parades to be found anywhere, and a rousing Rotary-sponsored picnic with food and drink. It all happens at Plaza Park in the heart of the village.
The footraces, sponsored by Empire Runners, are one of the most popular of the year. Sign up online at www.kenwoodfootrace.com or the day of. Check-in and race day registration starts at 6 a.m. The 3K race starts at 7:30 a.m., and the 10K race starts at 7:33 a.m.
The Kenwood Community Church starts serving food at 7 a.m. This is their annual breakfast and silent auction, featuring pancakes, eggs, sausages, fruit, tea, coffee, orange juice. Cost is $8 for adults, and $5 for children. The silent auction is the church’s only fundraiser, and helps support the historic church throughout the year. If you have items to donate to the silent auction, please contact Jenny Froyd at 708-8887.
Look for Kenwood’s new Girl Scout Troop 10282 to lead the parade at 10:30 a.m. on the dot, starting at Clyde and Warm Springs roads, with dozens of adults, kids, tweens, dogs, horses, goats and surprise guests for a three-block march that winds up at Park Row. One of the best 30-minute parades in the United States, the parade proudly features our First Responders Cal Fire, Kenwood, Glen Ellen, Mayacamas and Santa Rosa fire departments.
If you’d like to be in the parade rather than watch it, go to kenwoodparade.org and sign up, or pick up an entry at the Kenwood Press.
After the parade, walk over the bridge into the park for the Kenwood Shindig, with food, beverages, kids games, and live music, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood. See your old friends and make new ones while you top off a perfect 4th of July. You’ll be home in plenty of time to enjoy the evening with family and friends, and maybe fireworks.