Bay Area Guide to July 4th Festivities

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No summer is complete without a proper Fourth of July celebration! Thankfully, this year July 4th is roaring back with parades, concerts and fireworks all up and down the Bay Area. Whether you join a festive celebration or head to the beach or a splash pad to cool down in, make sure to include ice cream … lots of it!

San Francisco

A boy smiles as he wears July 4th sunglasses
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Golden Gate Bandshell Independence Day Concert
German Gonzalez conducts this 30 piece symphony as they bring a festive, Independence Day concert to the bandshell.
Mon., Event details

Thrive City Block Party and July 4th Celebration
The entire weekend is bumping at the Chase Center with BBQs, pet costume contests, a kids zone, kids bike decorating contest and more.
Sun.-Mon., Event details  

Pier 39
The pier celebrates Independence Day with an entire day of fun for the whole family including exhibits, BBQ, walking tours and live music on the Western side of the pier.
Mon., Event details

Hornblower Cruises
Spend an unforgettable evening on the water with spectacular front-row seats for the fireworks show. Choose from the dinner cruise or a brunch daytime cruise for the most memorable Fourth yet!
Mon., Event details

East Bay

City of Bothell

July 4th Celebration on the USS Potomac
Climb aboard FDR’s “floating White House” for a cruise around the Bay. Leaving from Jack London Sq, this three hour cruise will include a narrated history lesson while you take on the sights from the water.
Mon., Event details

Concord Independence Day Parade
“Welcome Back, Concord” is the theme this year and the organizers can’t wait for your family to join this community event after a two year hiatus.
Mon., Event details

Pleasant Hill 4th of July Celebration
This year, the party is an all-day event starting with a 5k followed by a parade, festival in the park and capping it all off with fireworks.
Mon., Event details

4th of July Aboard the USS Hornet
Relax on the Flight Deck while listening to a DJ and enjoying Oakland Smokehouse BBQ and the Grilled Cheez Guy. 
Mon., Event details 

Oakland Fourth of July Concert
Join one of the country’s oldest musical organizations, the Oakland Municipal Band, for a concert at Lakeside Park. 
Mon., Event details

Waterways Homeport

Fourth of July Concert, San Ramon
One of the Bay Area’s best party bands, Pride & Joy, is back to bring all of your family’s favorite songs. Bring those dancing shoes! 
Mon., Event details

Fremont Fourth of July Parade and Flyover
With a theme of “Moving Forward”, this parade is BACK and bigger and better than ever! Come for the parade and stay for the flyover by the Reno/Stead High Sierra Squadron. 
Mon., Event details

Alameda 4th of July Parade
One of the longest parades in the country, 3.3 miles to be exact, is back! This beloved hometown celebration starts off with a race so you can run the route first before enjoying the parade. Dress in your patriotic red, white and blues and stay for the parade after.
Mon., Event details

Independence Day at Meek Mansion
Meek opens its doors for a July 4th celebration after a two year hiatus. Live music by The Blue Bottle Band, mansion tours, outdoor activities and crafts for families will all be on hand to welcome you back.
Sat., Event details

Pleasanton Community Concert
The band is ready to ring in the Fourth in this free community event at Lions Wayside Park so pack a picnic and make a day of it! 
Mon., Event details

Peninsula

Woodside Junior Rodeo & 4th of July BBQ
The entire family will love the rodeo and western family activities that includes pony rides, petting zoo, mechanical bull and 4th of July BBQ
Mon., Event details

Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade and Festival, Half Moon Bay 
With plans to be back with an even bigger bang, this year’s festivities include a parade, live music, food trucks and a Kidz FunZone.
Mon., Event details 

4th of July Concert in Central Park, San Mateo
An additional concert has been added to the series to celebrate July 4th in addition to family festivities so bring your picnic blanket and lawn chairs and enjoy!
Sun., Event details

July 4th Celebration at Mitchell Park, Palo Alto
Bring the whole family out to the park for live music, food trucks, games and activities for kids and more!
Mon., Event details

Redwood City’s July 4th Parade, Festival and Fireworks
One of the largest parades in Northern California is back with entries from all over the state. Stay for the festival’s art and crafts booth, battle of the bands and kids zone. Also, check out the chalk festival all weekend long and cap off the celebration with a fireworks spectacular.
Mon., Event details

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Foster City 4th of July Pancake Breakfast and BBQ
We love this event because in addition to the usual July 4th festivities with food, music and fireworks, a dog parade means all furry friends can join in on the fun, too!
Mon., Event details

Millbrae Beats, Brew & Vine Concert
Millbrae always serves up an exciting, boot-stomping concert on Fourth of July and this year will be no exception so get ready to boogie!
Mon., Event details

Los Altos Hills Independence Day Parade
The parade is back! Join in the march from Fremont Ave to Bullis Gardner school where refreshing beverages and juicy watermelon await. 
Mon., Event details

South Bay

Santa Cruz Firecracker 1k/5k/10k
Why not kick off the Fourth with a footrace? This race has distances for everyone so get ready to run the streets of Santa Cruz in celebration of Independence Day.
Mon., Event details

Mountain View Fireworks Spectacular
Accompanied by the San Francisco Symphony, this July 4th celebration is the one you don’t want to miss! The doors of the amphitheater open early for games and family activities so make an evening out of it. Free and discounted tickets are available for Mountain View residents. 
Mon., Event details

Rose, White, and Blue Party Parade and Festival, San Jose
This community celebration will feature a car show, kids bike party, food trucks and live entertainment.
Mon., Event details 

Milpitas July 4th Pool Party, Concert & Fireworks
Let the kids cool off in the pool before enjoying a climbing wall, food trucks, video game truck, a concert and fireworks.
Mon., Event details

4th of July All-City Swim and Picnic, Santa Clara
Central Park will be the center of all the hubbub with kids cooling off in the pool, games, food and live entertainment.
Mon., Event details

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Saratoga July 4th Celebrations
This annual, old-fashioned family celebration of Independence Day is back! Enjoy the patriotic concert by the McCartysville volunteer band and music by the youth chorus. Free popsicles and flags for all the kids!
Mon., Event details

Morgan Hill Freedom Festival
The all-day event will include a family street dance, freedom fun run, parade, car cruise n’ show and end with spectacular fireworks. Bring the family and stay for the entire day!
Sun-Mon., Event details

Independence Day Celebration, Cupertino
The De Anza Optimist Club will host their annual pancake breakfast event at the Quinlan Center starting at 7:30 AM followed by kids activities, a parade and concert at Memorial Park and fireworks in the evening.
Mon., Event details

Scotts Valley Fourth of July Celebration
Join in the celebration with a parade followed by a dramatic flyover brought to you by Little Tampico.
Sun., Event details

Marin & North Bay

4th of July Brothers and Sisters Yacht Race
Tiburon Yacht Club invites you to participate in or spectate the yacht race. After the race, the yacht club will be open with a roaring BBQ to welcome all. 
Sat., Event details

July 4th Festival & Parade, Corte Madera-Larkspur
Kick off the Fourth with a parade featuring several incredible bands followed by a full day festival with live music, food, arts and crafts and childrens’ activities.
Mon., Event details 

Sausalito July 4th Parade
Catch a parade followed by picnic, live music and parade for a full day of festivities.
Mon., Event details 

Novato’s 4th of July Breakfast and Parade 
One of the Bay Area’s largest parades boasts a contingent of vintage military vehicles you won’t find anywhere else. 
Mon., Event details 

July 4th Picnic and Fireworks, Benicia
City Park will be filled with food, drinks, crafts, live music and kids’ activities in the ultimate hometown July 4th celebration.
Mon., Event details

Three kids stand by the beach waving flags on July 4th
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Danville 4th of July Parade
Join the Kiwanis club as they partner with the city of Danville for a parade while celebrating local Olympians.
Mon., Event details

American Canyon 4th of July Celebration
Celebrate America’s birthday with a concert in the park, parade and finish the day off with one of the best firework shows in the North Bay!
Mon., Event details

Sonoma’s Hometown 4th of July Celebration
Partnering with the Volunteer Firefighter Association, this year’s fabulous July 4th party starts with a parade, moves on to a festival and ends with a fireworks show in the ultimate July 4th celebration.
Mon., Event details 

Calistoga 4th of July Festivities
The full weekend of events starts Sunday with crafts, carnival games and rides, live music and food followed by a parade on Monday in the ultimate patriotic display.
Sun,-Mon., Event details

Kenwood July Fourth Celebration
Start the day with a pancake breakfast and silent auction, hop in a footrace then enjoy a parade followed by festivities and BBQ in the perfect July 4th party.
Mon., Event details

 

—Christine Lai

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