Cities all over Bay Area have scheduled fireworks, parades, concerts and more to celebrate Independence Day
All events are scheduled for July 4 unless otherwise noted. Here’s a rundown!
Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade: 10 a.m. Park Street and Lincoln Avenue. Featuring equestrians, dance troupes, floats, antique cars and a large variety of bands. Free. www.alamedaparade.com.
Fourth of July Festival: 3-5 p.m. Alameda South Shore Center. Activities including bounce houses, face painting, games, raffles, live music from Beatles tribute band. Free. www.alamedasouthshorecenter.com.
A Green, Red, White & Blue Celebration: Noon-4 p.m. Memorial Park, 1325 Portland Ave. Albany Lions Pancake Breakfast: 9 a.m.-Noon, followed by watermelon eating contest, beard and mustache contest, diaper derby, car show, family games. www.albanyca.org.
American Canyon Fourth Celebration: 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Community Park 2. Pancake breakfast, 10:30 a.m. parade, fireworks, entertainment, kid’s area with bouncers, food and drink, family picnic and more. www.cityofamericancanyon.org.
Fireworks & Festival: Parade begins at 11 a.m. at West Second and E streets. Festivities at the Contra Costa Fairgrounds, 1201 West 10th St., from 4-11 p.m. Car show, live entertainment, kids games, prizes and fireworks. Free. http://celebrateantioch.org.
World’s Shortest Parade: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Aptos Village Park, Soquel Street and State Park. Parade at 10 a.m. followed by party in the park, noon-4 p.m., with food, vendors, music, and activities. Free. Pancake breakfast 7-10 a.m., in parking lot of burger.Aptos. Breakfast, $5-$10 fee; party, $5 donation. http://aptoschamber.com.
Torchlight Parade: 6:30 p.m. July 3. First Street. Includes dancers, floats, bands, cars and entertainment. www.beniciamainstreet.org.
Picnic in the Park & Fireworks: Noon-7 p.m. Benicia City Park, First Street at Military West. Music, arts and crafts, food, climbing wall, train rides and inflatable kids’ entertainment. Fireworks at 9 p.m. at the foot of First Street. www.beniciamainstreet.org.
Fourth of July: Noon-10 p.m. Berkeley Marina, 201 University Ave. Live entertainment all day, kids’ adventure playground, food. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Parking fee, $15. www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com/4th-of-july.
Fourth of July: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Todos Santos Plaza, Willow Pass Road at Grant Street. Stars & Stripes 5K Run & Walk, Kids Fun Run registration 7 a.m., races start at 8 and 8:15 a.m. $42 registration. Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Grant Street. Festival at 4 p.m., Mt. Diablo High School, 2450 Grant St. Carnival, food, vendors, entertainment. Fireworks at 9 p.m. www.concordjuly4th.com.
Fourth of July Parade: Clayton Valley Sunrise Rotary pancake breakfast, 7 a.m. Endeavor Hall, 6008 Center St. $5-$7. Parade starts at 10 a.m., Center and Oak streets. Parade entry information: 925-693-0463. No registration for Kiddie Parade. www.ci.clayton.ca.us.
4th of July Celebration: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Noon. Events at Memorial Park/Quinlan Community Center include pancake breakfast (7-11 a.m.), carnival (9 a.m.-noon), children’s parade (10 a.m.) and concert (10:30 a.m.-noon) with live rock band. At Blackberry Farm, food trucks and free swimming (10 a.m.-5 p.m.). Recommended viewing sites for the 9:30 p.m. fireworks show are Sedgwick Elementary, Creekside Park and Miller Avenue (between Bollinger and Disney). www.cupertino.org.
Kiwanis Fourth of July Parade: 9-11 a.m. Hartz and Railroad avenues, continues down Hartz and San Ramon Valley Boulevard. Over 100 entries. Theme: Celebrating community service. www.srvkiwanis.org/parade/
WorldOne Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. with music on the main stage until 6:30 p.m. Cerrito Vista Park, 950 Pomona Ave. Live entertainment, children’s fun area with carnival games, jump houses and rides, arts and crafts, art show and sale, food, and business and service booths. www.el-cerrito.org/july4.
Old Time Celebration: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road. Games, activities and live music throughout the day; barbecue noon-3 p.m. Free admission. Train rides, $22-$31; food available for purchase; festivities free. 831-335-4484, www.roaringcamp.com.
Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks: 9 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Leo Ryan Park, 650 Shell Blvd. Games, food, entertainment, family and dog parade, and a fireworks display. http://bit.ly/28L1as3.
Fourth of July Parade: 10 a.m.- noon. Begins at Fremont Library, continues north on Paseo Padre Parkway and ends at Capitol Avenue. Creative floats, specialty units and marching musical units. Free. http://fremont4th.org.
Fireworks Salute: 9:15 p.m. Gilroy High School, 750 W. 10th St. Annual Fourth of July fireworks display. Free. http://gilroywelcomecenter.org.
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Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade: Noon-1 p.m. Main Street. Featuring an array of floats, marching bands, classic cars, decorated trikes and bikes, nonprofits, “Pooches on Parade,” youth sports teams, dance and theater troupes, American Legion color guard, and local dignitaries and celebrities. www.miramarevents.com/4th-of-july-parade.
Family Festival & Picnic: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 2 (note the early date), Meek Mansion, 17365 Boston Road. Outdoor games, patriotic crafts, face painting, community booths and other family festivities. Free. www.haywardareahistory.org.
Dynamite Run, Festival, & Parade: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Refugio Valley Park, 1515 Refugio Valley Road. Post-race festival, refreshments, entertainment, vendor booths, awards and the 4th of July Parade. www.hercules4thofjuly.com.
Family Fun Fireworks Celebration: 9:20 p.m., with street closures at 4 p.m. Fireworks display will be launched off the top of the parking structure on Railroad Avenue. 925-373-1795, www.livermoredowntown.com.
Glorious Fourth Celebration: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Shoup Park, 400 University Ave. Games, live music, food and desserts, games, bounce house and more. Free. www.losaltosca.gov.
Fourth of July Parade: 10 a.m. Hometown Parade on Main Street. Parade begins at Court and Main streets, ending at Alhambra Avenue and Main Street. 8-10 a.m. Pancake Breakfast, Roxx on Main, 627 Main St. 9-9:15 a.m. Flag raising ceremony, Veterans Memorial Building, 930 Ward St. 925-228-3577, www.mainstreetmartinez.org.
Fourth of July Parade and Celebration: 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Parade beginning at Chestnut Street followed by celebration at noon, Burgess Park, 701 Laurel St. Live music, jump houses, slides, games, crafts, face painting, rock walls, food and drinks available for purchase. Free; $7 wristband required for some activities. www.menlopark.org.
Fourth of July Party and Fireworks: 1-4 p.m. “Waving the Red, White & Blue” pool party (free), followed by food truck court. 7-9 p.m. “Red, White & Boom” Fireworks and concert featuring the HouseRockers. Fireworks show admission, $3. Milpitas Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd. www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov.
Monterey Firefighters Charity Pancake Breakfast: 7-11 a.m. Fire Station 1, 600 Pacific St. Arts and crafts for kids, meet firefighters, face painting. $10. www.monterey.org/july4th.
Independence Day Parade: 10 a.m. Starts at Alvarado and Pearl streets. Floats, specialty units, musical units and guest celebrities. www.monterey.org/july4th
Big Little Backyard Barbecue: 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Colton Hall, Pacific Street. Music, carnival games, food available all day for purchase or bring a picnic lunch. Free admission. www.monterey.org/july4th.
Evening Concert: 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado Ave. The Monterey County Pops perform an evening of patriotic and American music. Free. www.monterey.org/july4th.
July 4th at the Commons: 7:30 a.m. Moraga Commons Park, 1425 St. Mary’s Road. All-day event with pancake breakfast, parade, community booths, food, wine and beer, entertainment; fireworks at 9:30 p.m. www.moraga.ca.us.
Freedom Fest Fireworks & Parade: 4 p.m. Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center, 16500 Condit Road. Music begins at 6 p.m. Fireworks start at dusk. Free. http://morganhillfreedomfest.com/fireworks.
San Francisco Symphony Fireworks Spectacular: 8 p.m. Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway. The highlight of this event will be the fireworks display accompanied by the orchestra. $28-$44. www.mountainviewamphitheater.com.
Shoreline Lake fireworks viewing: 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. 3160 N. Shoreline Blvd. The Boathouse & American Bistro at Shoreline Lake will rent pedal boats, rowboats, canoes and kayaks for fireworks viewing from the lake. Lakeside barbecue, picnic baskets also available. Prices, reservations: 650-965-7474, https://shorelinelake.com/upcoming.html.
Fourth of July Parade: 10 a.m. Grant Avenue, Old Town District. Parade theme: Novato Celebrates Healthy Living. http://novatoparade.com.
4th of July BBQ Block Party: Noon-6 p.m. Jack London Square, Oakland. Featuring live music, kids zone, photo booth, strolling entertainment, as well as a Conscious Carnival. Local vendors and favorite eateries featuring themed BBQ dishes, eatBoston’s Beer & Cider Garden, and 25 local artisan vendors. Free admission. www.jacklondonsquare.com.
Fireworks Cruise on San Francisco Bay: 7:30-10:30 p.m. USS Potomac, 540 Water St. Appetizers. Desserts, champagne, tea, coffee will be served. $125. www.ticketweb.com.
Cityhood Celebration: 6-10 p.m. July 1 (note the early date). Freedom High School, 1050 Neroly Road. Music, activities, vendors, food and more. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free admission; wristbands can be purchased for $5 for unlimited use of inflatable games and activities. http://www.ci.oakley.ca.us/events/cityhood-celebration-3/.
Fourth of July: 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Community Center, 28 Orinda Way. Pancake breakfast, parade, flag-raising ceremony, Halley’s Run for a Reason, music, kids activities, book sale and more. http://orindaassociation.org/parade-info.
Celebration at Frontierland Park: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Frontierland Park, 900 Yosemite Drive. Crafts, games, music and more. www.business.pacificachamber.com.
Chili Cook-Off: Noon-5 p.m. Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive. 36th annual chili battle plus music, food trucks and children’s activities. www.paloaltochilicookoff.com/.
Parade and Pancake Breakfast: 8-10:30 a.m. pancake breakfast, Veteran’s Hall. Parade begins at 11 a.m. at Highland Avenue and Park Way. Neighborhood and community group floats, bagpipe bands, antique and classic cars. Post-parade picnic with music at Piedmont Park, 711 Highland Ave. www.ci.piedmont.ca.us.
Fourth of July Fireworks: Dusk, Pittsburg Marina, Marina Boulevard. Free. 925-252-4842.
Parade, party and fireworks: 8 a.m. Firecracker 5K Fun Run, check-in station, 45 Crescent Drive. “Red, White and Bloom” parade starts at 9:30 a.m. at Cleveland Road. Party in the Park, 10:30 a.m. Pleasant Hill Park, 147 Gregory Lane. Picnicking, games, rides, petting zoo, barbecue, music. Fireworks pre-show begins at 7:15 p.m. with live music followed by fireworks around 9 p.m. at College Park High School, 201 Viking Drive. www.phjuly4.com.
County Fair & Fireworks: All day. Alameda County Fair, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Carnival rides, circus, live pig and horse races, exhibits, monster trucks, petting, zoo and more. Salute to Hometown Heroes video before fireworks. Fireworks set to music begin about 9:30 p.m. Gates close at 6 p.m. Fair admission, $22.99; parking, $10. http://annual.alamedacountyfair.com.
Independence Day Parade and Festival: Northern California’s largest Fourth of July parade starts at 10 a.m. at Brewster Avenue and Winslow Street and winds through downtown Redwood City. Live marching bands, floats, veterans, service groups and more. Festival with arts and crafts, food booths, children’s activities until 5 p.m. Free. www.redwoodcity.org.
Old-Fashioned Fourth and Fireworks: From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, will hold traditional events, including crafts and hand-cranked ice cream; $2-$3 admission that day. At the Port of Redwood City, live music will begin at 7 p.m. and the fireworks will be launched about 9:30 p.m. www.historysmc.org, www.redwoodcity.org.
Kiwanis Carnival: 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Corner of Veterans Boulevard and Middlefield Road. Rides, games, food, fun. Free admission but there is a fee for rides. http://woodside-terrace.kiwanisone.org/Page/29228.
Third of July Live Blues & Fireworks: 5:30-9:30 p.m. July 3. Marina Bay Park. An evening of food, children’s games, live music, and a view of the Richmond Waterfront fireworks. Free admission; some activities have a fee. www.ci.richmond.ca.us/2153/Special-Events.
Oakland Symphony Independence Eve Celebration: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. July 3. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Live music, food, “instrument petting zoo” for kids. Oakland Symphony (8 p.m.) will feature patriotic songs, movie themes and singalongs. Concert ends as fireworks begin on nearby Richmond waterfront. Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way W., Richmond. Free. www.oaklandsymphony.org, www.craneway.com.
Independence Celebration: 6-10 p.m. July 3. Riggers Loft Wine Company, 1325 Canal Blvd. Wine and hard cider, music, food trucks, video games for kids; view of Richmond Waterfront fireworks. $15-$30. 510-234-8477.
Entertainment and Fireworks Extravaganza: 6-10 p.m. San Francisco waterfront. Live music at Aquatic Park, Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 sites before the city’s fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Entertainment details at www.fishermanswharf.org and www.pier39.com.
Blue & Gold Fleet Cruise: 8, 8:20, 8:30 and 8:40 p.m. Pier 41, 8:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. from Pier 39, family friendly, no-alcohol cruise and 8:30 p.m. Tiburon Ferry Terminal. Cash-only snack bar on all cruises, except the family-friendly cruise. Tickets: www.blueandgoldfleet.com.
Hornblower Cruises: Noon lunch cruise, 7-10:30 p.m. buffet dinner cruise, 7-11 p.m. fireworks dinner cruise, 8:30-11:30 p.m. fireworks buffet dinner cruise. Pier 3, Hornblower Landing. Tickets: www.hornblower.com.
Red and White Fleet Cruises: Departures: 7:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Pier 43½. Beverages and snacks can be purchased from full bar. No outside food or beverages. Tickets: www.redandwhite.com.
SS Jeremiah O’Brien: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Dockside viewing of S.F. fireworks at Pier 45. Tickets include hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks. $10-$80. www.ssjeremiahobrien.org.
Rose, White & Blue Parade: 10 a.m. Rose Garden district parade with 115 entries starts on Dana Avenue and concludes at The Alameda community party site, with live music, food, booths. Free. www.rosewhiteblueparade.com.
Rotary Centennial Fireworks: 9:30 p.m. July 4. Free downtown San Jose show at Discovery Meadow, 180 Woz Way, with VTA adding additional light rail and bus service for the event. For details on VIP party/dinner, go to www.rotaryfireworks.org.
San Jose Giants: Municipal Stadium, 599 E. Alma Ave. Fireworks will immediately follow the conclusion of the game that begins at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices, $10-$30. 408-297-1435, www.sjgiants.com.
Fourth of July in the Park: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Martin Luther King Park and Pool, Monte Diablo Avenue and N. Fremont Street. Family fun, music, recreational swim, cardboard boat race (pre-registration required for boat race). Free. www.cityofsanmateo.org.
Multicultural Celebration and Fireworks: 5 p.m. El Portal Soccer Field, 2600 Moraga Road. Live bands, food, games, multicultural entertainment, followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free. www.ci.san-pablo.ca.us
Independence Day: 8 a.m. Run San Ramon Run, Community Center. 5-8 p.m. Independence Day Celebration featuring Kalimba with a tribute to the music of Earth Wind and Fire. Central Park. 12501 Alcosta Blvd. www.sanramon.ca.gov.
All-City Picnic and Fireworks: Noon-10 p.m. Bands, carnival games, jump houses, children’s crafts, face painting, free public swimming, food booths, city info booths, all at Central Park, 909 Kiely Blvd. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free. http://santaclara.gov.
Great America Fireworks Shows: July 1-4. Fireworks set to patriotic music each night. Current and past military men and women will be honored with free admission with valid ID. Park admission, hours: www.cagreatamerica.com.
Firecracker Run: 6:30 a.m.Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen Street. Kids 1K, 5K and 10K hosted by the Sunrise Rotary Club. Pancake breakfast 7-11:30 a.m. Race registration: $20-$50. www.santacruzfirecracker10k.org.
Old-Fashioned Independence Day: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wilder Ranch Cultural Preserve, 1401 Coast Road. Early 1900s-style celebration with family parade at 11:45 a.m., games, live big-band music, living history demonstrations, historic speeches and flag-raising. Food and drink for sale, or bring a picnic lunch. Day-use parking fee is $10. 831-426-0505, http://bit.ly/2tblI85.
4th of July Festivities: 10 a.m. parade. Second and Main Streets ending at Dunphy Park. Noon-4 p.m. picnic, live music, tug of war and egg toss and food at Dunphy Park. 6:30-9:30 p.m. live music and fireworks at Gabrielson Park, 750 Bridgeway. www.ci.sausalito.ca.us.
Independence Day Celebration: 9:30-11 a.m. Kevin Moran Park, 12415 Scully Ave. Highlights include patriotic music, historical characters, family parade, free flags and popsicles. Free. www.saratogaJuly4.com.
Parade & Fireworks: 3 p.m. Skypark, 361 Kings Valley Road. Celebrate with parade, barbecue, live bands, games, petting zoo, food, music and games. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Admission, $8. Activities and food extra. 831-438-3251, www.scottsvalley.org.
July 4th Fest: Nightly, July 2-4. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, 1001 Fairgrounds Drive. Experience the park during the day, then watch the fireworks at night. Find online admission and gate prices at www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom.
Celebration and Fireworks Show: 5-10 p.m. Andrews Park, 614 E. Monte Vista Ave. An evening of music and fireworks under the stars. www.downtownvacaville.com.
July 4th ParKoncert: 6-7 p.m. Civic Park, 1375 Civic Drive. Featuring the Walnut Creek Concert Band. 4th of July music and patriotic favorites. Free. http://walnutcreekband.org.
Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade: 1 p.m. July 4. Main Street from St. Patrick’s Church to First Street, Watsonville. http://bit.ly/2qWq2pP.
Lisa Herendeen, Kathy Bennett and Linda Zavoral contributed to this report. To have your festival included in the listing, email firstname.lastname@example.org.