Fourth of July may be our nation’s birthday celebration, but in Santa Fe, it isn’t just fireworks that come to mind, and that’s a good thing considering the fire danger in our area. A local tradition for 45 years now, the annual Pancakes On The Plaza brings together all the things we love about the holiday – art, music, and cars – along with that most delicious of breakfast treats, to create an event like no other. Pancakes on the Plaza this year falls on Tuesday, July 4, 2023, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
One of Santa Fe’s most favorite annual events, Pancakes on the Plaza regularly draws an enthusiastic pedestrian crowd of approximately 20,000, raising around $500,000 for area youth organizations. Both locals and tourists alike tuck into a delicious, hot-off-the-griddle breakfast to start their day, then stick around for everything from silent auctions, kids contests, arts and crafts booths, to live music and vintage cars, all on the historic Plaza.
Though records suggest the very first specialty car show in Santa Fe took place more than 100 years ago, it is the Santa Fe Vintage Car Club has been carrying on the tradition since the 1980s. Here you will find not only vintage cars dating back as far as the 1920s, but “fancy” cars, as well. Lining up along Lincoln Avenue, 120 slots are designated for this event, and all vehicles are required to stay in place until 1 p.m. Trophies are awarded at 12:30 p.m.
The schedule for this year’s event is as follows: From 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., it’s all about the pancakes, as griddles sizzle and mouths are stuffed with the best breakfast in town. The Car Show runs from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Arts and Crafts booths along Palace and Lincoln Avenues are open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children’s activities begin at 8 a.m. and wrap up at noon. Entertainment at the Gazebo runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 day of event, and can be purchased in advance at participating banks and credit unions. Presented by the Rotary Clubs of Santa Fe, all proceeds from the event are dispersed to non-profit organizations that meet Rotary criteria. For more information, visit the website, or call 505-470-0534.
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Get more ideas for celebrating the Fourth of July weekend here.This article was posted by David Salcido