Rotary Club spearheads revival of annual show
KRISTI PARKER JOHNSON
Imagine a dark sky filled with bright bursts of color and loud pops and booms as tens of thousands of people ooh and aah and applaud as they celebrate Independence Day together in downtown San Jose.
Come July 4, imagination becomes reality when the Rotary Club of San Jose once again presents the world-class fireworks show to beat all fireworks shows in the South Bay. The club brought back the popular display in 2014 after a five year hiatus. Due to budget cuts at the height of the recession, the city of San Jose cancelled the annual fireworks show in 2009.
The always civic-minded Rotary Club, as a way to celebrate its … READ MORE
The Guess Who Rocks Rally
Event organizers vow to put the spotlight back on motorcycles
VALERIE L. VALDEZ
Biker Power is on July 3-5 at the annual Hollister Freedom Rally when motorcycle worshipers cruise into town on chrome and steel pieces of heaven.
Known as the “Birthplace of the American Biker,” the rally is the largest of its kind in California and one of the top 10 in the United States. This is a mild rally that attracts thousands of peaceful, easy-going and patriotic riders of all ages.
One of the feature attractions this year is celebrity appearances by “Sons of Anarchy” stars Tommy “Chibs” Flanagan and Mark “Bobby” Boone Jr. who will meet fans for photos.
“We’re very excited about having the ‘Sons of Anarchy’ cast members this year and hope to make this a … READ MORE
Parade Draws Thousands
A fun and safe celebration in a good old-fashioned community
Looking for Fourth of July plans? Set your destination for the Morgan Hill Freedom Fest, the largest annual event in Morgan Hill produced entirely by volunteers, according to festival organizers, the nonprofit Independence Day Celebrations.The theme this years is “The Great American Road Trip” in celebration of the amazing sights and landmarks the United States has to offer.
Frances Nance, publicity chair and marketing coordinator, likes to think the core of the celebration, with its patriotic theme, dance and fireworks, will have a lasting impression on residents and visitors.
“I think years from now, the children who grew up with that…(the parade) will be significant to them,” Nance said.
The celebration is also a time to honor veterans. … READ MORE
Garlicky Fun, Food And A Garlic-Themed Wedding
37th Annual Garlic Festival expected to draw thousands to Gilroy
VALERIE L. VALDEZ
Late July in Gilroy means just one thing—but it’s a pretty big thing—as the 37th Annual Garlic Festival offers garlicky fun, food and festivities from 10am to 7pm July 24-26 at Christmas Hill Park.
What started as a small event in 1979 to raise money for local charities has grown into the world’s largest garlic festival with annual attendance ranging from 80,000 to 100,000 people. The festival is basically a three-day excuse to gorge on everything garlic—garlic fries, garlic bread and even garlic ice cream.
Without question, Gourmet Alley is the festival’s heart and garlic soul. The alley is actually a gigantic outdoor kitchen where the world-famous “Pyro Chefs” put on a spectacular flame-up show … READ MORE