Looking for 4th of July parades, celebrations and fireworks displays? 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.  Food trucks and booths, handmade crafts, free dragon boat rowing from 12-5PM, massages, live pony rides and carnival rides near Skates, an inflatable bouncy area, mini-train rides, giant slides, and water bubble ball rides all culminating in the grand fireworks over the water from the end of the Berkeley Pier at 9:35PM which are presented by the City of Berkeley. Live entertainment from 12-9PM.
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, inflatable kids' entertainment, climbing wall and train rides, plus 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: Dazzling performers including Uncle Sam stilt walker, jugglers, magicians, hula hoopers, clowns and puppeteers. Activities include the interactive river environments of Riveropolis, a special petting zoo, a musical petting zoo, the Lego jeep, Kinetic Art face painters, a mobile craft workshop and more.
Cost: Free
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Celebrate Concord 4th of July
Where: Downtown Concord, Todos Santos Plaza
When: July 4, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
What: 5K/Kids run at 8:00 a.m., parade at 10:00 a.m., festival at 4:00 p.m. and fireworks at 9:00 p.m.
Cost: Free, except for 5K race -- see website for entry fees
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A Green, Red, White & Blue Celebration!
Where: Albany, Memorial Park
When: July 4, noon – 4 p.m.
What: Kids and family games, rock climbing wall, zip line, jump houses, mustache/beard contest, watermelon eating contest, East Bay vivarium, pet show, mechnaical bull, human hamster balls, local food trucks and Diaper Derby (who's got the fastest baby in town?). Arrive early for annual Albany Lions Club pancake breakfast 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Veterans Memorial Building).
Cost: Free, Kids can purchase a Fun Band for $5 for unlimited use of kids' activities
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Alameda Mayor's Fourth of July Parade
Where: Webster Street and Haight Street
When: July 4, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
What: Small-town America feel with a mix of costumed children, seniors in classic cars, high school bands, civic leaders, military members and decorated floats. Prizes award for best entries.
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: Live entertainment on the main stage, arts and crafts vendors, food, children's fun area with carnival games, jump houses and rides.
Cost: Free
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Kiwanis Danville July 4th Parade
Where: Danville, Hartz and Railroad avenues to San Ramon Valley Boulevard and Sycamore Valley Road
When: July 4, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
What: This year's parade theme: "Celebrating Our American Freedoms."
Cost: Free
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Celebrate America, Celebrate San Ramon
Where: San Ramon, Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd.
When: July 4, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
What: Concert in the park featuring patriotic music played by the San Ramon Symphonic Band followed by David Martin's House Party. Evening will include recognition of local veterans and active duty military.
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, fun run, parade, live music, food, games and booths in the park following the parade.
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: Free, except for 5K race -- see website for entry fees
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4th of July Parade
Where: Downtown Martinez, Main Street
When: July 4, Pancake breakfast at 8 a.m., Flag-raising ceremony at 9:00 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, 11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
What: Live music, craft vendors, family entertainment and a huge fireworks display over the waterfront.
Cost: Free
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SOUTH BAY

Rotary Club Centennial Fireworks
Where: Downtown San Jose
When: July 4, 9:30 p.m.
What: This is a free, family-friendly event, and seating is on a first-come basis.  The fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m., after dusk.
Cost: Free
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Rose, White & Blue Parade
Where: San Jose, Rose Garden neighborhood to The Alameda
When: July 4, 10 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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Morgan Hill Freedom Fest
Where: Morgan Hill, P.A. Walsh Elementary School
When: July 4, 7:45 a.m. walk/run, Parade at 9 a.m., Fireworks at dark
What: This year's parade theme is "Destination America." Car show begins at 9:30 a.m., awards will be presented at 2 p.m. 5K Freedom Run. Fireworks show at Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center.
Cost: Fireworks parking $10, see website for 5K run entry fees
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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 4 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: Advance tickets $6, at the door $8 (4 & under 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: Open seating $24, upper seating $24-$29, lower seating starts at $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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City of Milpitas 4th of July Celebration
Where: Milpitas, Milpitas Sports Center Complex, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd.
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 2 – 6, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
What: Features leading-edge exhibits, hands-on family activities, concerts, rides, farm animals and fireworks every night. Concerts by: Huey Lewis and the News, Orpheus, The Wailers, Night Ranger, Elvin Bishop.
Cost: $17 for adults ages 13 – 64, $15 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: Parade followed by food, dancing, family games, tug-of-war and famous traditional egg toss. A fireworks display set to music on Radio Sausalito 1610 AM or Comcast Cable Channel 30 will take place at Gabrielson Park later in the evening.
Cost: Parade and activities are free, Fireworks table reservations for 6 are $100-$110
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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 9:37 p.m.
What: Live music from local bands, food vendors, kids' activities including jump houses, face painting and clowns, and a fireworks display synced to music from KZST 100.1 FM
Cost: $8 ages 12 and over, $6 veterans, $4 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 FRANCISCO

July 4th Fireworks Cruise
Where: San Francisco bay, departing from Pier 43 ½
When: July 4, 7:45 p.m.
What: A cruise aboard the Red and White Fleet in San Francisco. Sail beside the San Francisco skyline and view fireworks displays from the bay. Book in advance.
Cost: $70
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Fillmore Jazz Festival
Where: San Francisco, Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy streets
When: July 5 and 6, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. rain or shine
What: Celebrate a prosperous tradition of jazz, culture and cuisine, against the picturesque backdrop of Fillmore Street.
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. – dark
What: Tasting flight of award-winning wines and free parking on site. Wine will be available for purchase throughout the evening. Food available from local food trucks and carts. Walk over to the waterfront for fireworks at sundown.
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 views. Book in advance.
Cost: Adult price ranges from $ 248.43- $255.93, Children ages 4-12 $155.07, Free for children under 4.
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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 5 p.m. and a fireworks display over the bay at 9:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
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Fourth of July Hometown Celebration BBQ
Where: Pacific Grove, Caledonia Park
When: July 4, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
What: Old-fashioned down-home BBQ lunch. Reading of Declaration of Independence at 10:30 a.m. by Pacific Grove Rotary Club. Food, live entertainment and more.
Cost: $10 for chicken meal, $5 for hotdog meal
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PENINSULA

Foster City Fourth of July Celebration
Where: Foster City, Leo Ryan Park
When: July 4, 10:00 a.. - 9:45 p.m.
What: Family and dog parade, family games, live music, food, booths for local artists and children's rides. Fireworks show by the lagoon at 9:30 p.m.
Cost: Free, Parking $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. New this year is the battle for "best overall ice cream."
Cost: Free
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Redwood City 4th of July Parade, Festival, and Fireworks
Where: Redwood City, Parade starting at Winslow and Marshall and ending at Arguello and Alden Street
When: July 4, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Parade at 10:00 a.m.
What: This year's parade theme: "Through the Eyes of a Child." Parade to be followed by a festival with arts and crafts booths, food and drink, car kids areas and more. Parade Grand Marshal is our very own NBC Bay Area traffic anchor Mike Inouye! Fireworks will be launched from Port of Redwood City at 9:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
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Highlands 4th of July
Where: San Mateo, Highlands School
When: July 3, Bake sale and fireworks 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.; July 4, Parade 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
What: This year's parade theme is "The American Dream." Also, a foot race, food booth and midway games.
Cost: Free
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Ol' Fashioned 4th of July Parade
Where: Half Moon Bay, Main Street
When: July 4, Parade 12 p.m.
What: Annual Independence Day parade down Half Moon Bay's Main Street.
Cost: Free
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Old Fashioned Fourth at History Museum
Where: Redwood City, San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway
When: July 4, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
What: Children invited to hand-crank homemade vanilla ice cream (and taste) and make traditional Indpendence Day crafts. Vintage films shown at 1 p.m.
Cost: Half-price admission, $2.50 adults, $1.50 seniors and students, free for kids 5 and under
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Menlo Park's 4th of July Celebration
Where: Menlo Park, Parade starts at Santa Cruz & Chestnut
When: July 4, 11:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
What: Fun-filled people parade. Come dressed in red, white and blue and decorate your bike or wagon. Celebration activities include carnival game,s jump houses, rock walls, crafts, face painting, laser tag, food and more.
Cost: $7 wristband required from some activities
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4th of July Celebration at Frontierland Park
Where: Pacifica, Frontierland Park
When: July 4, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
What: Pacifica's Parks, Beaches and Recreation Department hosts a fun day of crafts, games and music.
Cost: Free
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