We celebrate the 4th of July as a day of remembrance, highlighting when we gained our independence as a nation. The holiday is a time to spend with family, enjoy BBQ, attend parades, and watch fireworks in remembrance of our nation’s history.
Elevate Rehab understands that this time of celebration can be difficult for those recovering from addiction. Use this guide to events in Santa Cruz County to enjoy the holiday while staying sober.
Family-Friendly Activities in Santa Cruz
Cities throughout Santa Cruz County are preparing for 4th of July weekend. A wide variety of activities and events include pancake breakfasts, parades, music, and festivals available for those looking to celebrate this Independence Day weekend.
Aptos 4th of July Celebration
The Aptos 4th of July celebration hosts their annual pancake breakfast. The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and welcomes guests of all ages. Following breakfast is the “World’s Shortest Parade” clocking in at 0.6 miles. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and is followed by a celebration in the Aptos park, featuring live music, games, and arts and crafts.
Roaring Camp 4th of July Family Fun
Roaring Camp is offering a family fun day on the 4th of July. This event features games for the family, live music, and an all-American BBQ.
Old-Fashioned Independence Day
Wilder Ranch historical cultural preserve is hosting a 1900s themed Independence Day celebration. This celebration is a fun way for you and your family to get some historical background on the holiday. The Ranch will host a family parade at noon followed by children’s crafts, music, living history demonstrations, and a flag raising. The event will provide food, with a picnic area available to accommodate those bringing their own supplies.
Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade
The parade is being held in downtown Watsonville, and will include car clubs, tractors, fire engines, antique cars, horses, and the Watsonville band. The parade begins at 1 p.m. on Main St.
Boulder Creek 4th of July Pancake Breakfast and Parade
The Boulder Creek Volunteer Fire Department is hosting an annual pancake breakfast 4th of July morning before the Boulder Creek parade. The parade begins at 1 p.m. in Downtown Boulder Creek.
Scotts Valley 4th of July Parade and Fireworks
Scotts Valley is celebrating the 4th of July in style, hosting a parade, flyover show, fireworks, BBQ, two live bands, and a petting zoo! The fireworks in Scotts Valley are the only sanctioned fireworks show available in Santa Cruz County. Guests must purchase tickets ahead of time for this event.
Host Your Own 4th of July Party
One of the best ways to maintain a positive environment on the 4th of July is by hosting your own Independence Day party. Local parks have areas that you can rent, or you can have the party in your own backyard. Hosting your own event allows you to control the ambiance and set boundaries to help avoid unnecessary triggers.
Invite People Who Support Your Recovery
Hosting a sober party will only be successful if you have supportive friends and family there. Invite other sober friends and plan a day full of activities, BBQs and games for all ages. Start your own family traditions and celebrate the holiday substance free.
No matter how you decide to spend the holiday, it is important that you stay prepared. If you are attending an event that features alcohol, bring a sober friend along with you for support. You can bring your own non-alcoholic drink with you so you won’t feel obligated when someone else offers you a drink. Plan an escape scenario just in case. If you start to feel stressed or uncomfortable, leave the event.