History of the
Peninsula Celebration Association
The idea for a holiday celebration in
Redwood City was formulated back in 1939 in the minds of Ole Olson, a car
dealer, Walt Maloney, a butcher, and Charles Holt, a real estate agent. They
felt that people shouldn't have to leave town to celebrate the Fourth of
July, America's most important holiday.
This was the beginning of what is
now known as the Peninsula Celebration Association.
The Peninsula Celebration Association
consisted of representatives of all local community service organizations
which cared to participate. First, there was a carnival that was later
combined with a rodeo. A huge parade was formed of local and out of town
units, with the cowboys bringing up the rear. When the rodeo and carnival
were abandoned because other equestrian organizations in the community were
having rodeos and junior rodeos on the Fourth, the Peninsula Celebration
Association decided to concentrate on the Fourth of July Parade, the Miss
Redwood City pageant and Children's Christmas parade.
All of these activities have been
under the supervision of a volunteer set of officers and a board of
directors. Over the years many prominent persons from Redwood City have
served on the board of directors of the Peninsula Celebration Association.