Family Past Times

An Old-Fashioned Fourth

Watch the Redwood City parade (starts at 10 a.m.).  The theme this year is “Celebrate Redwood City 150, 1867-2017, discover our History, our Diversity, and explore our Neighborhoods.”  Museum volunteers will be dressed in outfits representing the changes in fashion over the decades.  The outfits are from the Millie Collection, an education collection of vintage clothing. 

Left: Museum volunteers at the 2016 parade.

Hands-On Activities

From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., participate in old-time 4th of July Activities.

  • Churn Ice Cream: Turn the handle 10 times to earn a taste of ice cream.  Made at the History Museum, the recipe is from the late 1800s.
  • Make an American Flag: Wave your 1880s flag.  How many stars does it have?
  • Create a Pinwheel: Pinwheels in the yard added a festive touch to Fourth of July celebrations.
  • Make a Paper Sparkler: Activity books in the late 1800s described how to make sparklers for home fireworks.
  • Design a Star Banner: Victorian children covered the house with red, white and blue. 
Films from the Archives

The Courthouse Docket continues at 1 p.m. with films from the archives.  A Beautiful Place to Live features films that depict life on the San Francisco Peninsula in the 1930s.

Family Past Times

A Family Past Times is a fun-filled exploration of history featuring arts, crafts and hands-on demonstrations at the History Musem.