Fourth of July is so much more than fireworks! This year, in accordance with Santa Clara County Public Health orders, we are celebrating Independence and Community in a new way – at home, online and through giving projects. Join us!

Share favorite memories of past Milpitas Fourth of July celebrations. We’re posting our snapshots, and we encourage you to post yours. Enjoy our YouTube slideshow and photos all day on Facebook and Instagram. #Milpitas4th

Post pictures of patriotic decorations in your yard and home. We’ve decked out City Hall, too, so drive by to see the giant flag and lights. See our decorations, and share yours on Facebook and Instagram. #Milpitas4th

Post favorite recipes and pictures of your spectacular Fourth of July favorites. We’re sharing a step-by-step video recipes for an all-American treat everyone can make and enjoy, and links to other festive foods! Post with and look for the #Milpitas4th tag on Facebook and Instagram to see what’s cooking in Milpitas. Here are some we like:

Own Own Chef Cici’s Three-Ingredient Apple Cobbler Tutorial

And other easy Fourth of July recipes we’d like to try:

Patriotic Dessert – a chilled layer dessert that looks like a flag
Star-Spangled Fruit Kebabs – super simple, looks great on a plate
No-Bake Pies – quick and easy
Fruit Sparklers – festive snack-on-a-stick
Red, White and Blue Frozen Bananas – an alternative to ice cream bars
Red, White and Blue Summer Salad – a green salad with a patriotic twist
Pork Tenderloin with Three Berry Salsa – patriotic colors in a main dish
All-American Hamburgers – a Fourth of July classic
Watermelon, Feta and Blueberry Salsa – Looks like a deconstructed flag in a bowl

It’s all about American ingenuity and freedom of expression today! Show off your handmade Fourth of July creations, or try one our fun and easy projects. Post pictures to Facebook and Instagram with the tag #Milpitas4th. 

Ann Marie’s Fourth of July Wreath tutorial

Here are some more simple kid-friendly Fourth of July crafts you can do with objects around your house:

Patriotic wind catcher – You’ll need a couple paper plates, red and blue paint, scissors and string.
Red, White & Blue Lanterns – You’ll need a mason jar, red and blue tissue paper, Modge Podge, a sponge brush and a tea light or candle. (Plus wire and beads, if you’re fancy!)
Paper Rockets – You’ll need an empty toilet paper roll, red and blue paper, scissors, glue and a plastic straw.
Happy Fourth Handprint Craft – You’ll need red, white and blue construction paper, scissors, glue and a black marker.
Fireworks Painting – You’ll need several empty toilet paper rolls, scissors, several bright and/or light colors of paint and a dark blue or black piece of paper.
Statue of Liberty Crown and Torch – You’ll need 4 paper plates, an empty toilet paper tube, scissors, tape, paint and paintbrushes. (Glitter glue, too, for the fancy version!)

Challenge yourself and your family with American History trivia. Let’s see how much we know about the real reason we celebrate.

Take the quiz!

Put out your flag and hang out with your loved ones. We’ll provide DJ music you can dance to and these links to some great fireworks shows you can enjoy from your living room:

Disney Parks 2020

Boston 2019

San Francisco and Sausalito 2018

Be a part of our community giving projects

Hosted by the “All Girls” Boy Scout Troop 2163 to benefit the Milpitas Food Pantry.
Food may be dropped off at the Barbara Lee Senior Center (40 N. Milpitas Blvd.) on Wednesday July 1 from 10:00am-7:00pm.

Especially right now, one of the best ways to demonstrate community spirit is preparing yourself to be a life saver. You never know when a family member, co-worker, neighbor or stranger will need your help!
Community Emergency Response Team – Register for free training to be a volunteer in times of emergency.
Milpitas Volunteer Program – Register to receive regular updates on volunteer opportunities in Milpitas.
Red Cross Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During Covid-19 – Free online class!
Red Cross Water Safety for Parents and Caregivers – Free online Class!
Red Cross Hands Only CPR video tutorial
Red  Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Manual – Review this handy reference with step-by-step instructions for saving a choking victim and others in medical emergencies.
QPR Suicide Prevention Training – Free online class!

Milpitas Fire Department COVID-19 Testing – Get tested, so you can take appropriate precautions if you are infected.
Milpitas Blood Drive – Sign up to give blood. Milpitas Executive Lions Club will host a drive at the Milpitas Community Center, 457 E. Calaveras Blvd., on July 23

At-home Crafts   |  Holiday Recipes  |  DJ Playlist   |  Virtual Fireworks Show  |  And more!

City Hall will be decked out in festive red, white and blue – day and night for the week! American flags lining Calaveras in front of Milpitas Square are courtesy of Milpitas Executive Lions Club.

#MilpitasVCC  #Milpitas4th  #MilpitasStrong

All Recreation programs, events, activities and their locations are subject to change at the discretion of Recreation Services.