Bay Area 4th of July Events Guide

Public health concerns related to COVID-19 and the ensuing social distancing requirements will make this year's 4th of July celebrations around the Bay Area look decidedly different. Most cities are foregoing traditional Independence Day fireworks celebrations (with a few exceptions) and parades, for virtual events. We've compiled a list below of the events we've come across (in alphabetical order by city).

Alameda: USS Hornet 4th of July on the Pier

  • 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • There will be an event next to the USS Hornet (which remains closed) on the pier. Items from the ship will be on display, including a jet cockpit.
  • Details here

Aptos: Independence Week

  • Residents are encouraged to decorate their cars and send pictures to @aptoschamber on Twitter.
  • They are also holding a red, white and blue patriotic decorating contest for local businesses, regardless of whether they are open. Winners will be announced July 5.
  • Details here

Concord: Virtual 4th of July Parade

  • 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Build your own virtual float, take video of it "parading" down your street and submit. Open to local organizations and individual families and households. Videos will be compiled into one seamless virtual parade aired on Concord TV from 5 - 9 p.m.
  • Details here

Danville: Kiwanis Virtual 4th of July Parade

  • 10 a.m.
  • The parade has gone virtual this year, with a live stream of the proceedings taking place at 10 a.m. For past event coverage and other surprises, join the live stream starting at 8 a.m.
  • Details here

Foster City: Virtual Fourth of July Celebration

  • 10 a.m. - 6: 30 p.m.
  • Events include a curbside pancake breakfast, virtual family parade, virtual dog contest, home decorating contest, online family games, and a virtual fireworks show at 7 p.m.
  • Details here

Fremont: 4th of July Porch Parade

  • Residences and businesses are invited to compete in a porch decorating contest. Judges will award prizes in several different categories.
  • Folks are encouraged to check out the porch parade map, walk around their neighborhoods and share photos on social media.
  • Details here

Gilroy: Fireworks Display

  • Fireworks begin at dusk.
  • Fireworks display will be higher in the sky than in years past in order to accommodate social distancing viewing from residents' homes.
  • Residents within a 2.5-mile radius of the origination point (Gilroy High School) and who have clear line of sight, should be able to view the fireworks.
  • Details here

Healdsburg: Roll-Thru Rotary 4th

  • 10 a.m.
  • Dress up your cars and bikes and head to the Healdsburg Community Center for a drive-thru 4th of July goodie bag pickup for kids.
  • Details here

Livermore: Back to Business Virtual Fireworks

  • 9 p.m.
  • Virtual fireworks event will be live-streamed on the Livermore Back to Business Facebook page.
  • Details here

Los Altos: Independence Caravan Parade

  • 10 a.m.
  • The caravan will be limited to Sheriff, Fire, and 10 to 15 classic cars. Residents can go to Purissima Park or Gardner Bullis to enjoy the music and decorated cars.
  • Details here

Moraga: 4th of July Virtual Celebration

  • 4:30 p.m. (BBQ)
  • Frontyard cookout starts at 4:30 p.m. Share your cookout creations using #moragafrontyardbbq on social media.
  • Residents can also join in the fun by participating in the kids' bike parade or dog parade. Take photos and tag them on social media using #moragabikeparade or #moragadogparade.
  • Details here

Morgan Hill: Freedom Fest

  • 10 a.m.
  • Live stream will carry several virtual events that will include: virtual car cruise, virtual patriot sing with the children of our community, a virtual parade complete with bands, horse units and special guests, and finally ending with a special replaying of the Morgan Hill Independence Day fireworks.
  • Details here

Napa: Virtual 4th of July Parade

  • Napa Sunrise Rotary will cruise the city of Napa on the 4th of July and conduct socially distant live interviews and showcase businesses and neighborhoods.
  • Plus, they will hold contests for best decorated home and vehicles, and most patriotically costumed pet.
  • Details here

Orinda: Celebrates Together (Apart)

  • Residents are encouraged to decorate their homes, mailboxes, pets, etc. and to share their creations by entering a photo contest.
  • Details here

Pleasant Hill: Celebrating the 4th of July in Place

  • 10 a.m.
  • Everyone is encouraged to "make some noise" and look to the sky for the aerial flyover and banner over the city.
  • Details here

San Rafael: Marin County Fair Virtual Fireworks

  • 9 p.m.
  • Marin County Fair will stream a virtual fireworks display on their Facebook page. Other virtual fair events are also taking place over the holiday weekend.
  • Details here

Saratoga: Virtual 4th of July Parade

  • 9:30 a.m.
  • The virtual parade will consist of festive photos submitted by residents and will be on display during the city's Facebook live stream.
  • Details here
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