The 4th of July is one of the biggest holidays in the US. It's kind a combination of national pride, the beginning of summer, and the kids are out of school-let's get out and do something. Family get togethers are common, whether they be BBQs at home or excursions. Camping is particularly popular as you can bring the whole family with you inexpensively and visiting a National Park brings the pride factor into play as well. For that reason, either make reservations or pick a place not quite as popular. Don't drive up to Yosemite on the 4th of July and expect to get a spot as a walk-in! Traffic can be bad as well and many people leave a day early and go home a day later to avoid it. We actually left Sequoia National Park on the 4th and headed towards San Francisco which worked well for us. Most people were already where they wanted to be and it was not in town.
The California Coastal Redwood is the tallest tree in the world. These incredible trees are in the same family as Sequoias. This variety can live up to 2200 years, can reach heights of up to 380 feet (115 meters) and are only found along the northern part of the California coast and southwestern Oregon where the damp temperate climate is perfect for their preservation. National and State parks constitute 45% of all the remaining old growth forests so please help these parks to ensure these amazing living things remain just that for a long time to come.
The village of Mendocino is still untouched by modern times...tread easily and don't forget to visit Ford House for a guide of their walking tour.