Friday, July 1, 2011

Bay Area July 4th Independence Day Happenings


Alcatraz fireworks
Fourth of July Dinner Dance & Fireworks Cruise in San Francisco - Four-course seated dinner, open premium bar, fireworks, live bands and dancing, 6:30pm - 11pm. 1(800)-410-8233.

Blue and Gold Fleet fireworks
4th of July Fireworks Cruise - Watch San Francisco fireworks from the bay. Departs Monday, July 4, 2011 from Pier 41, San Francisco, CA at 8pm (415) 705-8200.

Fillmore District
Fillmore Jazz Festival - Free live jazz music, arts and crafts, gourmet food. Saturday July 2 and Sunday July 3, 2011 10am - 6pm. Fillmore St. between Jackson & Eddy, San Francisco, CA. (415) 456-6436.

Hornblower 4th of July cruise fireworks
4th of July San Francisco Belle Cruise - Watch San Francisco fireworks from the bay. 3-hour cruise, dinner, music, views, fireworks and more. Departs Monday, July 4, 2011 from Pier 3, San Francisco, CA at 7pm. 1 (888) 467-6256

Pier 39 fireworks
Fourth of July Waterfront Celebration - Dancing, live entertainment, and fireworks. Fireworks display starts at 9:30pm. Monday, July 4, 2011, 12pm - 9:30pm. Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133. (415) 705-5500.

Stern Grove
Stern Grove Festival: Neko Case, The DoDos - Indie singer-songwriter Neko Case showcases her vocals and lyricism. The Dodos open the show with their melodic folk-rock sound. Sunday, July 3, 2011, 2pm. 19th Ave. & Sloat, San Francisco. (415) 252-6252.


Alameda County

Alameda Mayor's Fourth of July Parade - 2nd longest parade in the nation starts at Lincoln Ave. and Park St., Alameda, CA. Monday, July 4, 2011. Race starts at 9:45am, parade starts at 10am and Jumpin' & Jivin' Jubilee begins at 12pm. (510) 633-9550.

Berkeley Marina fireworks
4th of July at Berkeley Marina - Fireworks starts at 9:30pm. Live entertainment all day, face painting, arts & crafts, Adventure Playground, massages, dragon boat rowing, and food. Monday, July 4, 2011. 12pm 10pm. 201 University Ave. Berkeley, CA 94710. (510) 548-5335.

Commodore Events fireworks
Fourth of July Dinner & Fireworks Cruise on San Francisco Bay - Gourmet buffet dinner, bar, DJ, and fireworks aboard luxury yacht. Monday, July 4, 2011. 7 p.m. 11 p.m. Boarding at 6 p.m. 2394 Mariners Square Dr. Alameda, CA 94501. (510) 337-9000.

Irvington District of Fremont
Fremont 4th of July Parade: We The People - Creative floats, marching bands, balloons and guest celebrities at the historic Irvington District. Monday, July 4, 2011. Parade starts 10am at Mission Blvd. & Pine St. Fremont.

Jack London Square
July 4th Festival of Family Fun - Family fun and games at Jack London Square. Monday, July 4, 2011. 11am - 4pm. Broadway & 1st St. Oakland, CA 94607. (510) 627-1670.

Lions Wayside Park
Fourth of July concert and celebration - Music and food Monday, July 4, 2011. 12pm - 1:30pm. 1st St & Neal St, Pleasanton, CA 94566.

USS Hornet Museum fireworks
Fourth of July Party - View of surrounding fireworks displays begins around 9:15pm with patriotic music (weather permitting). NOTE: USS Hornet does not host the fireworks show. Throughout the day, live music and entertainment featuring Eddie & the Boppers. Carnival Games, Flight Simulator, Jump House, Interactive Games, ship exploration, food and beverages. Monday, July 4, 2011, 1pm - 9pm. 707 W. Hornet Ave, Alameda, CA 94501. (510) 521-8448 x282.

Contra Costa County

Cerrito Vista Park
City of El Cerrito/worldOne Festival - Musical entertainment, rides, carnival games, face painting, bouce houses, food booths, and circus. Monday, July 4, 2011 10am - 6am. Cerrito Vista Park, 950 Pomona Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530.

Concord fireworks
4th of July in Concord - A day full of events in Concord: 5k run and walk, parade, run, food and drink vendors. Fireworks in the evening. "The Singing Flag", a variety show promoting patriotism through dance, song, comedy and the spoken word will be at Dave Brubeck Park. Monday, July 4, 2011.

Danville Downtown
Recognizing Our Future Leaders - Parade with bands, gymnasts, Scouts, community organizations, horses, other animals, antique cars and more! Monday, July 4, 2011 9am - 12pm. 400 Hartz Ave, Danville, CA 94526.

Orinda 4th of JulyParade, Roadrunners' Fun Run & Haley's Run For A Reason, Pancake Breakfast, flag raising, library book sale, food booths, musical groups, Bob Claire Orchestra, car show, petting zoo, juggler, face painters, laser tag and more. Monday, July 4, 2011 7am - 1pm. Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563.

Pleasant Hill fireworks
Fireworks at 9pm. Firecracker 5K Fun Run at 8am, Parade at 9:30am, Fun at at the park at 10:30am plust entertainment and games. Monday, July 4, 2011. Pleasant Hill, Contra Costa, CA 94523.

San Ramon Central Park fireworks
Fireworks display synchronized to music at 9:30pm. During the day, inflatable features, interactive games including hamster balls - plus, food and beverage booths. Monday, July 4, 2011 1pm - 10pm. 12501 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon, CA 94583.

Todos Santos Plaza in Concord
July 4th Jubilee and Parade - Join Concords festival with a pancake breakfast at 8am and parade at 11:30am. Monday, July 4, 2011. 2151 Salvio St, Concord, CA 94520. (925) 671-3464.

Solano County

Benicia's City Park fireworks
Picnic in the Park & Fireworks - Fireworks start at 9pm. Arts, crafts, hot food, live entertainment, and children's activities throughout the day. Monday, July 4, 2011 12pm - 7pm. 250 E L St., Benicia, California 94510.

Also, on Sunday, July 3rd 6:30pm catch the Freedom Festival Torchlight Parade with music, dancers, floats, horses, clowns and entertainment.

Dixon Fairgrounds fireworks
Old Fashion Fourth of July Celebration - Fireworks at 9:30'ish. Activities, food booths, music, motorcycle/car show and demolition derby. Monday, July 4, 2011 starting 11am until evening. 655 South First Street, Dixon, California 95620. (707) 678-5529.

Fairfield Main Street
Independence Day Parade - Parade along Texas street at 10am. Flag-waving, music, car exhibits, and local clubs all in honor of the USA. Texas St., Fairfield, CA. (707) 422-0103.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom fireworks
Fireworks show on two days, roller coasters, rides, animal stats and picnic in the park. Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4, 2011. Park open from 10:30am - 10pm (until 9pm on Sunday). 1001 Fairgrounds Dr., Vallejo, CA 94589.

Suisun City fireworks
Independence Day Spectacular - Fireworks show at 9:15pm with music on 1610 AM radio. Music, crafts, food vendors, restaurants, dancers, giant slide, and rock climbing all day. Monday, July 4, 2011 11am - 10:30pm. Harbor Plaza, 558 Solano St, Suisun City, CA94585.

Vacaville Main Street fireworks
4th of July Spectacular - Fireworks around 9:30pm. Concert and fireworks in Downtown Vacaville Monday, July 4, 2011 6:30pm - 10pm. Main Street, Vacaville, CA 95688.


Santa Clara County

California's Great America fireworks
Saturday Night Fireworks - note: Fireworks on Saturday, July 2, 2011. Great America hosts fireworks show every Saturday during July and August 2011. Park open 10am - 10pm with Planet Snoopy, rides, rollercoasters, live shows and many dining options. 4701 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054. (408) 986-5866.

Central Park in Santa Clara
All City Picnic on July 4th - Outdoor pancake breakfast, live entertainment, food, music, carnival games, face painting, and swimming. Monday, July 4, 2011. 8am to 5pm. (650) 615-3140.

July 4 Festivities - At Quinlan Community Center and Memorial Park, there will be a pancake breakfast, flag raising, children's parade and concert 7am - 12pm. Blackberry Farm will have swimming, BBQ lunch and live music by "The Groove Kings" 10am - 3pm. Monday, July 4, 2011. 10185 North Stelling Road, Cupertino, CA. (408) 777-3120.

Gilroy fireworks
4th of July Community Fireworks Display - Fireworks start at approximately 9:30pm and the show will last around 20 minutes. Monday, July 4, 2011. 750 West 10th Street, Gilroy, CA 95020. (408) 846-0419.

Milpitas Sports Center Football Field fireworks
Red, White and Boom! July 4th Celebration - Fireworks begin approximately 9:30pm. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy an evening of music by JamFunkShus. Monday, July 4, 2011. 8pm - 10pm, gates open at 7:30pm. 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd. (408) 586-3210.

San Jose Municipal Stadium fireworks
San Jose Giants Fireworks Extravaganzas - Get tickets for Monday, July 4, 2011 or Tuesday July 5, 2011. 588 East Alma Avenue, San Jose, CA. (408) 297-1435 ext. 15.

San Jose, The Alameda Avenue
Rose, White, and Blue Parade - Parade through Rose Garden neighborhood. Live music, arts & crafts booth, Antique & Classic car show and Picnic on the Alameda. Monday, July 4, 2011. Parade starts 10am at W. San Carlos and Shasta Ave. Festival located at The Alameda between Hanchett and Hester Ave. (408) 436-8581.

Shoreline Amphitheatre fireworks
4th of July Fireworks Spectacular with the San Francisco Symphony - Fireworks display, set to stirring patriotic songs and marches. Program to be announced.

Santa Cruz County

Roaring Camp Railroads
4th of July Celebration - Sock Hop and 50's family 4th of July. Hula Hoop contests, games, live music and all-American barbecue. Saturday July 2, Sunday July 3 & Monday July 4, 2011.

Skypark in Scotts Valley fireworks
Scotts Valley Fourth of July Festival - Fireworks scheduled to begin at 9:15pm. Celebration opens at 3pm with a parade along Scotts Valley Drive. Food, live music and games follow at Skypark. Monday, July 4, 2011 3pm - 10pm. 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. (831) 438-3251.

Wilder Ranch State Park
Old-fashioned Independence Day at Wilder Ranch - participate in a 1910-style Independence Day celebration including parade, games, crafts, live big-band music, living history demonstrations, historic speeches and flag-raising. Bring a picnic lunch or food/drink also for sale. Monday, July 4, 2011. 11am - 4pm. Hwy. 1, 10 miles north of Santa Cruz. (831) 426-0505.


San Mateo County

Burgess Park, Menlo Park
4th of July Parade and Celebration - Parade starts at 11:30am on Santa Cruz Avenue. Music by NuDay, carnival games, crafts, bounce houses, rock climbing wall, face painting, contests, food and more! Monday, July 4th, 2011 11:30am - 2:30pm. Burgess Park, 701 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025. (650) 330-2200.

East Palo Alto
Celebrate East Palo Alto! 28th Anniversary, 4th of July and Community Festival - Parade, kids activities, swimming, farmers market, and health and safety fair. Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 beginning 11am. Cesar Chavez Academy School, 2450 Ralmar Avenue, East Palo Alto, CA. (650) 853-3187.

Frontierland Park, Pacifica
4th of July Celebration at Frontierland Park - Crafts, games, music and more! Rocket Run 5-Mile Run precedes event at Pacifica Community Center. Monday, July 4th, 2011 10am - 4pm. FrontierLand Park, Pacifica, CA 94044. (650) 738-7381.

Half Moon Bay
Pooches on Parade, Dine With Your Doggie Bark BQ - Parade and food. If you do not have a dog, imaginary dogs and stuffed animals are welcome! Monday, July 4th, 2011 12pm. Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019.

Leo J. Ryan Park fireworks
Foster City Fourth of July Celebration - Fireworks at 9:30pm, parade, games, pancake breakfast, dog show, live music, children's rides, arts and crafts, and barbecue. Monday, July 4, 2011 8am - 9:45pm. Leo J. Ryan Park, 650 Shell Boulevard, Foster City, CA 94404. (650) 286-3380.

Redwood City
Independence Day Parade & Festival - Parade, food, arts, crafts, entertainment, bands and kids area. Parade starts at 10am, Festival starts at 9am. Monday, July 4th, 2011 9am 5pm.


Marin County

Corte Madera Town Park
Corte Madera/Larkspur Fourth of July Parade & Festival - Parade will leave Redwood High School at 10:30am. Celebration continues at Corte Madera Town Park featuring arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, entertainment, bands, carnival games, face painting all day long. Monday, July 4, 2011 9am - 5pm. Corte Madera Town Park, 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94924.

Marin County Fair fireworks
Fireworks every evening June 30 through July 4 at 9:30 p.m. Concerts, Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats, educational/interactive exhibits, carnival rides, film festivals, arts and crafts, and contests. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, CA 94903.

Novato, Into the Future! - 4th Annual 4th of July Races start at 8am, breakfast hosted by the Presbyterian Church of Novato beginning 7am, and music and street performers begin at 9am. At the parade, classic cars and color guards, festive floats, music bands, Sherman tanks and more fill the streets. Monday, July 4, 2011 parade at 10am. Redwood Blvd & Grant Ave, Novato, CA 94945. (415) 899-8900.

Ross Common Park
Fourth of July Celebration - Parade begins at 11am. Music, food, free popcorn, children's games, races, water sports, watermelon-eating and more at the picnic. Ross Common, Ross, CA 94957. Monday, July 4, 2011. (415) 453-1453.

Sausalito fireworks
Fourth of July Parade/Picnic - Parade followed by picnic at Dunphy Park. Activities include flag raising, entertainment by Paul Robinson and Friends and Curtis Lawson, food, and games. The celebration continues at Gabrielson Park in the evening. 10am - 9:30pm. Monday, July 4, 2011.

Tiburon fireworks
Angel Island - Tiburon Ferry's Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise - Bring your own dinner or get drinks/snacks on board while getting an up-close view of the fireworks display. Boat departs 8pm from Tiburon. Monday, July 4, 2011. 21 Main Street, Tiburon, CA 94920. (415) 435-2131.

Napa County

American Canyon Community Park fireworks
Annual 4th of July Parade & Fireworks - Fireworks begin around 9:30pm. Parade begins at 10:30am. Festivities continue throughout the day at the park. Monday, July 4, 2011 8:30am - 10:30pm. American Canyon Community Park, American Canyon, CA 94503.

Dowtown Napa
America, Celebrating our Military - Parade in Downtown Napa featuring the Governor's 59th Army Band from Sacramento, the Wells Fargo Stage Coach pulled by horses and Grand Marshal, Jim Roberts, and the all-city marching band. Monday, July 4, 2011 at 1pm.

Napa County Fair & Fireworks fireworks
Napa County Fair and Fireworks - Art, music, special displays, carnival rides and more. July 1 - 4, 2011. 1435 North Oak Street, Calistoga, CA 94515. (707) 942-5111.

Napa Valley Wine Train fireworks
Independence Day -See fireworks from a train with an elegant gourmet meal.Monday, July 4, 2011. 1275 McKinstry Street, Napa, CA 94559. 1(800) 427-4124.

Sonoma County

Analy High School fireworks
Sebastopol Kiwanis July 3 Fireworks and Music Extravaganza! - Music, fireworks, games, raffle, and food. Sunday, July 3, 2011 starting at 5:30pm. Analy High School, 6950 Analy Ave., Sebastopol, CA 95472. (707) 824-2300.

Cloverdale fireworks
35th Annual Lions Club Fire Work Show - Fireworks begin at dusk. Monday, July 4, 2011. Cloverdale High School Football Field, Cloverdale, CA 95425.

Sonoma County Fairgrounds fireworks
Red, White & Boom - Food, beverages, live music, kids games & activities, picnicking, fireworks. Monday, July 4, 2011. Gates open at 4pm and fireworks begin at 9:30pm. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. (707) 545-4200.

Sonoma Plaza fireworks
Hometown July 4Celebration - Fireworks display, parade, marching bands, live music, games, and food. Monday, July 4, 2011. 10am - 5am. Fireworks at Vallejo's Field at dusk. Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma, CA. (707) 938-4626.


Big Bear Lake fireworks
Big Bear Fireworks Show - Fireworks shot off from a barge on the Lake directly off of Pine Knot Landing. Monday, July 4, 2011. Fireworks begin between 8:45pm - 9:15pm. (909) 866-4607.

Disneyland fireworks
Disney's Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky - Firewoks above the sky at Disneyland Park. Also catch Fantasmic, Mickey's Soundsational Parade, Flag Retreat Ceremony, World Of Color and Pixar Pals parade. Monday, July 4, 2011. 9:30 p.m.

Lake Tahoe fireworks
Fourth of July Fireworks - Fireworks will be located on a barge off Incline Beach. Monday, July 4, 2011. 9:30 p.m.

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