Spreckels 4th of July Celebration

The Spreckels 4th of July Celebration

US Flag flying to celebrate Fourth of July
     It's that time of year again the Spreckels 4th of July Celebration is right around the corner. So do you have any plans for the 4th? If not come on out to Spreckels and see what they have to offer. D

on't forget to show your spirit and wear your most patriotic outfit. It's a good old  fashioned small town celebration, you will notice as soon as you drive into town there will be flags flying from every house. It almost seems some sections of town have a contest to see who can have the most flags and bunting up for the Fourth of July. They have a little bit of everything. It starts out in the morning with a 5k and a 10k race for kids and adults, along with a 1 mile race around town for the little ones put on by the Just Run organization which is a program for children's running through the Big Sur International Marathon. It is a very good program. There is a central park in the middle of the town of Spreckels located off of Hwy. 68 between Monterey and Salinas and that is where all the festivities will take place.

Where To See Fireworks This Year

Monterey Fourth of July Events

Schedule of Events by Popular Demand

7:30 - 8:30 am 10k Race Registration and bib pickup located at 3rd and Spreckels park

8:30 am youth 1 mile run begins. Start finish line on 3rd st.

9:00 am 10k run and 5k begins Start finish line on 3rd st. 

Register To Run Now

10:30 am  Parade Registration located at Spreckels Veterans Memorial Hall 

10:45 am Awards Ceremony near registration tent

12:00 Spreckels 4th of July Parade Starts at Spreckels Veterans Memorial Hall, the best place to watch in my opinion would be on 3rd street on the park side of the street. 

1:00 pm This year for the first time there will be a car show on Llano. This will be great, considering all the fabulous cars and trucks we usually see going by in the parade to get a chance to look a little closer at these vehicles and actually talk to the owners.

4:00 pm Activities End.
      Immediately after the races will be a good old fashioned parade with old cars fire trucks and bands just like the old days. Then in the park there will be booths selling crafts and food and a fireman's muster in the afternoon. One thing you won't see in Spreckels is fireworks as the city does not put on an annual fireworks show as many cities due on the 4th of July but overall it's a very good celebration. So if you are looking for a plan for the day I would do this. Arrive early and plan to park far away because people come from all over the county to this Fourth of July Celebration. People are known to park up to a couple of miles or so away from the park. But, it's an easy safe walk to the park. Then bring your chairs, ice chests, drinks, and food etc. to the park for the day. Since your here early get the kids in the 1 mile race around town. Led off by Spreckels Fire Department's oldest fire engine. Then afterwards join all the serious runners or the not so serious as they take off for a 6.2 mile run. Immediately after the run position your kids near the road on the East side of the park by where the race start finish line is because that will be the best place to catch candy thrown by all the people going by in the old cars and fire trucks in the parade. I'll see you in Spreckels on the Fourth.
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Brilliant Flag, a photo by OldOnliner on Flickr.


  1. Anonymous12:50 PM

    I second this.

  2. Anonymous10:05 PM

    I third this.. more details please!!

    1. Hey thanks for the input I have added some updates and I hope that helps everyone out. If you have any other input on this blog I would appreciate it.

  3. Is Spreckles having a fireworks display? This article indicates no, but I see ads online for "Spreckles fireworks display?"

  4. I wish I had better news for you. But Spreckels is not having a fireworks show tonight. The closest fireworks shows are either in Soledad Ca about a half hour south of Spreckels on 1o1 or to me a better bet would be Gilroy high school 720 W. 10th Street and this is a free event. This event starts at 9:30 P.M. But I would get there a little early for seating.

  5. Anonymous11:40 AM

    What about the Pop's concert?

  6. Hey thank you for reminding me of the Pops Concert. I remeber them being their last year and it was enjoyed by many people in the crowd. I'm sorry it was an oversight not to include it.

    1. Anonymous9:44 PM

      Thanks Mike!

  7. Wait, there is a huge billboard that indicates there are fireworks at dusk going right out of Salinas on the south side. So what is the deal?

  8. Your welcome, I appreciate the feedback anytime you have some information that might be of use to our readers please leave a comment about it. I will post it if it's relevant. Once again thank you.

  9. Are pets allowed at the festivities at Spreckels park?

  10. Jennifer thanks for the question. Yes pets are allowed at Spreckels Park for the 4th of July. They must be leashed and they are not allowed on the race courses at any time. Mike