Already making summer and 4th of July plans? Let us help you find the fun and festivities happening near you.  Check out our Bay Area 4th of July events guide to make the most of the holiday weekend.


EAST BAY


4th of July Berkeley Marina
Where: Berkeley, Berkeley Marina
When: July 4, noon – 10 p.m.
What: A fun, family day at the Marina.  Adventure Playground and activity stations for kids, rides, an inflatable park, bungee trampoline, crafts, food, live music entertainment and fireworks. Alcohol-free.
Cost: Free. $15 parking.
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Fremont’s 4th of July Parade
Where: Downtown District of Fremont, starting at State Street and Capitol Avenue
When: July 4, 10 a.m.
What: A mile-long parade featuring creative floats, specialty units and marching musical units
Cost: Free
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Picnic in the Park and Fireworks
Where: Benicia, Benicia City Park on First Street
When: July 4, noon – 7 p.m., Fireworks at 9 p.m.
What: A family-friendly event filled with arts and crafts, food, live entertainment, children’s activities and a fireworks show later in the evening
Cost: Free
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July 4th Festival of Family Fun
Where: Oakland, Jack London Square
When: July 4, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
What: Live music and performances, kid’s activities, a petting zoo, crafts, jump houses, face-painting and bike and kayak rentals.  Food and drinks available as well.
Cost: Free
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Stars and Stripes 5K, Jubilee and Parade in Concord
Where: Downtown Concord, Todos Santos Plaza
When: July 4, 7:30 a.m.
What: A 5k run followed by a pancake breakfast or hot dog lunch and a parade with floats, bands, and equestrian and dance teams. Music, arts and crafts, and food vendors available as well.
Cost: $25 - $35 for race, $5 for pancake breakfast or hot dog lunch
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July 4th Family Festival & Fireworks 2013
Where: Pittsburg, Old Town Marina
When: July 4, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
What: An afternoon of events including a parade, family festival, carnival games, and food and drinks followed by fireworks
Cost: Free
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A Green, Red, White & Blue Celebration!
Where: Albany, Memorial Park
When: July 4, noon – 4 p.m.
What: An afternoon of fun filled with food trucks, games, a watermelon eating contest, a beard and mustache contest, car show, pet show, and more
Cost: Free, Fun Band for unlimited access to certain games and activities for kids is $5
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Alameda 4th of July Parade
Where: Downtown Alameda, beginning at Lincoln Avenue and Park Street
When: July 4, 10 a.m.
What: A 3.3-mile parade including equestrians, dance troops, floats, antique cars, and bands
Cost: Free
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City of El Cerrito worldOne July 4th Festival
Where:El Cerrito, Cerrito Vista Park
When: July 4, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
What: Family-friendly event with live entertainment from music and performers, children’s fun areas, carnival games, rides, jump houses, food and vendor booths from local businesses and artisans
Cost: Free
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Danville’s 4th of July Parade
Where: Danville, Hartz and Railroad avenues to San Ramon Valley Boulevard and Sycamore Valley Road
When: July 4, 9 a.m.
What: A parade of bands, gymnasts, Scouts, community organizations, horses and other animals along with antique cars
Cost: Free
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Orinda July 4th Parade
Where: Orinda, Orinda Community Park and Community Center on Orinda Way
When: July 4, 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Parade at 10 a.m.
What: Pancake breakfast, flag-raising ceremony, Roadrunners’ Fun Run, Parade and park activities including live music, games, and booths
Cost: Free
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Pleasant Hill July 4th Celebration
Where: Pleasant Hill, Pleasant Hill Park
When: July 4, 5k at 8 a.m., Parade at 9:30 a.m., Fun in the park at 10:30 a.m., Fireworks 9 p.m.
What: Firecracker 5k run followed by a parade and fun in the park including games, contests, food, live music and a fireworks display in the evening
Cost: Admission ranges from $25 - $40 for 5k runners, fun in the park and fireworks are free
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4th of July Parade
Where: Downtown Martinez, Main Street
When: July 4, Flag-raising and pancake breakfast at 8 a.m., Parade at 10 a.m.
What: A flag-raising ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Building and pancake breakfast followed by a hometown parade down Main Street
Cost: Free
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Independence Day Celebration
Where: Suisun City, Harbor Plaza in the Waterfront District
When: July 4, 11:15 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
What: Live performances, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, children’s games, beer garden and more with a fireworks launch at 9:15 p.m.
Cost: Free
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SOUTH BAY


Rose, White & Blue Parade
Where: San Jose, Rose Garden neighborhood to The Alameda
When: July 4, 8 a.m.
What: A family-style parade with live bands, dance groups, floats, and antique cars. A picnic with food and drinks from local restaurants will take place following the parade under the trees on The Alameda along with live music.
Cost: Free
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Freedom Run
Where: Morgan Hill, P.A. Walsh Elementary School
When: July 4, 7:45 a.m.
What: A 5k run/walk and 1 mile run for kids followed by a parade and car show. Costumes welcome.
Cost: $35 for adult runners, $15 for children 11 and under
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4th of July Parade and Fireworks
Where: Santa Cruz, Skypark on Scotts Valley Drive
When: July 4, Parade at 3 p.m., Festivities at 5 p.m., Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
What: A parade followed by festivities in the park and a fireworks show in the evening
Cost: Free
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Fourth of July at Shoreline
Where: Mountain View, Shoreline Amphitheatre
When: July 4, 8 p.m.
What: Music performed by the San Francisco Symphony and a fireworks show accompanied by the Orchestra
Cost: Tickets range from $33 - $47.35. Parking is $10
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Old-Fashioned Independence Day
Where: Santa Cruz, Wilder Ranch State park
When: July 4, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
What: A 1900’s style Independence Day celebration including a family parade at noon, games, children’s crafts, live music, living history demonstrations, historic speeches and flag-raising. Food and drinks available for purchase.
Cost: Free
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July 4th Fireworks Sail
Where: Sausalito, Sausalito Yacht Harbor slip 907 at 100 Bay Street
When: July 4, 7 p.m.
What: A night of fireworks on the San Francisco Bay with complimentary treats and a cash bar available for drinks
Cost: $99
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City of Milpitas 4th of July Celebration
Where: Milpitas, Milpitas Sports Center Complex
When: July 4, Pool Party from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Concert and Fireworks Show from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
What: “Waiving the Red, White & Blue” Pool Party starts at 1 p.m. with music, games, and food available for purchase.  “Red, White & Boom” Concert and Fireworks Show opens its gates at 6 p.m. with fireworks beginning at 9:15 p.m.
Cost:  $2 for pool party, $3 for concert and fireworks show (ages 2 and up)
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NORTH BAY



Marin County Fair
Where: San Rafael, 10 Avenue of the Flags
When: July 3 – 7, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
What: County Fair with competitive exhibits, carnival rides, animals, vendors, live entertainment and fireworks.  Performers include: Weird Al Yankovich, The Kingston Trio, Eddie Money, Zendaya, and The Pointer Sisters.
Cost: $16 for adults ages 13 – 64, $14 for children 4-12 and seniors 65 and over. Children free on Wednesday
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Sausalito 4th of July Festivities
Where: Sausalito, events at Second and Main Streets ending at Dunphy Park. Fireworks at Gabrielson Park.
When: July 4, 10 a.m., Fireworks at 9:20 p.m.
What: A parade with floats, bands, clowns, classic cars and acrobats, followed by live music, food, games, and family activities. A fireworks display set to music on Radio Sausalito 1610 AM will take place at Gabrielson Park later in the evening.
Cost: Parade and activities are free, Fireworks reservations for 6 are $100
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Louis M. Martini 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
Where: Napa Valley, Louis M. Martini Winery
When: July 4, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
What: A Napa-style feast with food and wine pairings, live entertainment and family activities followed by a fireworks display
Cost: $150
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Novato 4th of July Parade
Where: Novato, Grant Avenue
When: July 4, 10 a.m.
What: A parade featuring classic cars, vintage military vehicles, color guards, festive floats and music bands
Cost: Free
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Red, White & Boom! 2013
Where: Santa Rosa, Sonoma County Fairgrounds
When: July 4, 3:30 p.m.  Fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.
What: Live music from local bands, food vendors, kid’s activities including jump houses, face painting and clowns, and a fireworks display synced to music from KZST 100.1 FM
Cost: $10 ages 12 and over, $5 ages 5 – 11, Free for children under 5
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Corte Madera/Larkspur 4th of July Parade and Celebration
Where: Larkspur and Corte Madera, Parade at Redwood High School, Festivities at Corte Madera Town Park
When: July 4, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
What: Fun in the park including entertainment, food, children’s activities and a large selection of artists and local crafters featuring fine art, photography, pottery, clothing, jewelry, glassware and more.  A parade will take place at 10:30 a.m. beginning at Redwood High School and ending at the Corte Madera Town Center.
Cost: Free
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San Geronimo Valley “Celebrate the Music Makers” Fourth of July Parade
Where: San Geronimo and Woodacre, Woodacre Improvement Club to Dickson Ranch at 182 San Geronimo Valley Drive
When: July 4, noon – 4 p.m.
What: A parade along Railroad Avenue ending at Dickson Ranch where there will be a flea market, games, barbeque and music
Cost: Free
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SAN FRANCISCO


July 4th Fireworks Cruise
Where: San Francisco bay, departing from Pier 42 ½
When: July 4, 7:45 p.m. or 8:15 p.m., depending on boat
What: A cruise aboard the Red and White Fleet in San Francisco. Sail along the San Francisco skyline and view fireworks displays from the bay. Complimentary drink included. Other food and drink available for purchase. Book ASAP.
Cost: $66
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Fillmore Jazz Festival
Where: San Francisco, Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy streets
When: July 6 and 7, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
What: A street fair and jazz music festival with gourmet food and locally-produced arts and crafts
Cost: Free
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3rd Annual Red, White and Rose Celebration
Where: San Francisco, The Winery on Treasure Island
When: July 4, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
What: Tasting flight, wines available for purchase by the glass or bottle, food from local food trucks and a waterfront fireworks show after dark.
Cost: $15 (includes parking)
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Fourth of July Premier Dinner Dance & Fireworks Cruise
Where: San Francisco Bay, departing from Pier 3
When: July 4, departs at 6:30 p.m.
What: A cruise aboard the California Hornblower, a flagship yacht, with a four-course gourmet dinner, open premium bar with champagne and after dinner liquors, live entertainment, dancing and fireworks displays
Cost: Adult price ranges from $242.02 - $249.52. Price for children ages 4-12 is $155.22.  Children under 4 are free
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Fourth of July Celebration at The Pier
Where: San Francisco, Pier 39
When: July 4, noon – 10 p.m.
What: A day of musical entertainment and activities in the Entrance Plaza, a performance by Tainted Love at 4 p.m. and a fireworks display over the bay at 9:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
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Fourth of July BBQ Celebration
Where: Pacific Grove, Caledonia Park
When: July 4, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
What: A BBQ lunch, dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence by the Pacific Grove Rotary Club, games and bounce houses
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for kids
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July 4th on the USS Potomac
Where: San Francisco Bay, departing from Jack London Square
When: July 4, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
What: A cruise aboard Franklin Roosevelt’s “Floating White House” to enjoy desserts, champagne, tea and coffee while watching fireworks displays
Cost: $125
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PENINSULA

Foster City Fourth of July Celebration
Where: Foster City, Leo Ryan Park
When: July 4, 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 p.m.; Fireworks Show at 9:30 p.m.
What: Family and dog parade, family games, live music, food, booths for local artists and children's rides.
Cost: Free; Parking is $10
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Palo Alto Summer Festival and Chili Cook-off
Where: Palo Alto, Mitchell Park
When: July 4, Noon – 5 p.m.
What: A festival with live music, activities for children, food vendors, drinks and a chili tasting starting at 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
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Peninsula Celebration Association Family 4th
Where: Redwood City, starting at Winslow and Marshall and ending at Arguello and Alden Street
When: July 4, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
What: A parade followed by a festival with arts and crafts booths, food and drink, kids areas, a jump house, clowns, face painting, and more
Cost: Free
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