Not only is it America's birthday, but the 4th of July also signifies that summer is in full swing. What better way to celebrate these two awesome things than with copious amounts of fireworks, food, parades, and fun? While the fireworks displays are the highlight of the evening, the younger set may have a hard time staying up to catch the show. For those of us who choose to forgo evening festivities, there are plenty of daytime celebrations to keep the little ones entertained. So whether you're celebrating Independence Day in the city or elsewhere in the Bay Area, here are some 4th of July activities to help you and your family have a star-spangled day.
Where else would you want to be this 4th of July than on the waterfront watching live bands, a fireworks show, and going late night shopping? Come to Pier 39 for a day filled with attractions and festivities that will last well into the night. Wednesday, July 4th, 2:00pm
A yearly favorite on the Peninsula is the 4th of July Parade and Celebration in downtown Menlo Park. Kids decorate their bicycles, tricycles, wagons and scooters and parade down Santa Cruz Avenue to Burgess Park. At Burgess Park, you'll find all kinds of food, games and music. Bring a backpack with a picnic blanket, sunscreen and hats and you'll be all set. Parade starts at 11:45 am sharp at the parking lot off Santa Cruz and Chestnut Street. Wednesday, July 4th, 11:45 am.
There are more events in San Jose, Sausalito, Foster City, Santa Cruz, Alameda, Piedmont, Berkeley Marina, Marina Bay, Tank Hill in Twin Peaks and Marin Headlands. Read the full list of July 4 activities at Red Tricycle.