July 4 variations
Looking for something different this Independence Day? Here a few options to ponder: In Benicia, the annual parade is a torchlight one that takes place the evening of July 3 (www.beniciamainstreet.org). On California's North Coast, there are parades, fireworks, followed by the World's Largest Salmon BBQ on July 6 (www.salmonrestoration.com). In Southern California, Ventura's huge July 4 street fair starts with the "Pushem Pullem Parade" of children (www.cityofventura.net).
Family arts day
Sunday, June 30, is Free Family Day at the Monterey Museum of Art. Head south for activities from 1-4 p.m. to unlock your inner artist. Family members can help create a salt labyrinth, make block prints, experiment with painting techniques, learn how to fold origami works of art, and more. Details: 559 Pacific St., Monterey. www.montereyart.org.
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