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Francisco — 4th of July
Fourth of July Waterfront Festival
— Pier 39, Beach Street,
at Pier 39 — Enjoy a FUN afternoon of
live entertainment, dancing and evening fireworks. Cheer on talented Street Performers, appearing throughout the day on Pier 39's stage (near the carousel). 12 noon-11pm
Live band performances at Pier 39 Entrance Plaza:
12 noon-2pm: WJM (world's youngest social cause band)
4pm-7pm: Dance to Tainted Love
Spectacular Fireworks over the Bay
9:30pm - Spectacular Fireworks extravaganza takes place over the bay following the concert (at approximately 9:30pm),
launched from barges off
Pier 39 and the Municipal Pier.
Park and mid-bay
39 and Fishermans
Wharf in San Francisco.
July 4th Fireworks Cruises — Red and White Fleet Cruise along the S.F.
Waterfront and see
San Francisco's amazing fireworks display from the middle
of the bay, aboard
the Red and White Ferry. There are 4 Sailings — Two
boat departures at 7:45pm and another two at 8:15pm. Boarding takes
place 20 minutes prior to departure from Pier 43 1/2 at
Fisherman’s Wharf and will return after the fireworks, between 10pm-10:30pm. Snacks and beverages
will be available on-board for purchase. Wear layers — it can get chilly out on SF Bay. Tickets available
online. Fourth of July Cruises sell out quickly, so book in advance.
Yacht 4th July Fireworks Cruises — Pier 33, Embarcadero,
Watch the 4th July Fireworks Show from the middle
of San Francisco
Bay aboard a Hornblower Yacht. Reservations recommended. — 4th of
July Beer Lunch Cruise
(2-hr Cruise Lunch Buffet with complimentary Champagne, Premium Beers, Fresh Squeezed OJ, Soft Drinks, Live Entertainment) — Premier 4th
of July Dinner Cruise
(4-hr Yacht Cruise, Gourmet 4-course Seated Dinner, Premium Cocktail Bar with Champagne and After Dinner Liquors, Live Entertainment, Fireworks and more!)
Foster City "Fourth of July
Celebration" Leo Ryan Park (corner
and Hillsdale Blvd.), Foster
City. Fun day-long 4th of July festivities include Live Entertainment,
Carnival Rides, Family Parade & Games,
Dog Show, Fireworks... and more! Recreation
Activities start at 10am.
Live Musical Entertainment 12 noon-9:15pm. Fireworks begin around 9:30pm. Parking Info
— Fun Activities: Family & Dog Parade, Arts & Crafts, Carnival Rides & Family Games
10am-5pm - Arts & Crafts at Leo Ryan Park
10am-9pm - Carnival Rides at Recreation Center (Senior Wing Parking Lot)
9:30-11am - Family and Dog Parade Registration at Recreation Center (Shell Blvd entrance)
11:05am - Family Parade & Dog Show at The VIBE Teen Center (Shell Blvd to Amphitheater)
11:15am - Opening Flag Ceremony and National Anthem at the Amphitheater
1:30-2:30pm - Family Games at Leo Ryan Park, Meadow
— Live Entertainment
at Foster City Amphitheater
Gather with family and friends at Foster City Amphitheater overlooking the beautiful lagoon.
Enjoy an afternoon of fun Live Entertainment:
12 noon-12:45pm - Andy Z (Family Concert)
4:15-5:45pm -Uphill Both Ways
7pm-9:15pm - Whiskey Dawn
9:25pm - National Anthem
— Fireworks Show over the Lagoon
9:30pm - Spectacular
Fireworks Show begins at
approximately 9:30pm over the Foster City Lagoon.
Arrive early for the fireworks if
you want to get a good
view... it gets VERY crowded. Free admission.
City Parade, Festival & Fireworks — 75th Anniversary
2013 Theme "Seventy Five Years of Pageantry" Downtown Redwood
City and Port of Redwood City
— Benefit Pancake Breakfast — Redwood
City Fire Department at 755 Marshall Street.
7:30-10:30am. Benefits the Redwood City Firefighters Association.
— 4th of July Parade Run (5k run and walk) 8:45am - 4th of July Parade Run starts at Brewster & Arguello, circling along the parade route in front of 40,000+ cheering spectators.
— Car Show —
7am-2pm - "Go For It" Car Show takes place at Courthouse Square (Broadway, Hamilton, Middlefield Road) in Redwood City.
— Independence Day Parade "Seventy Five Years of Pageantry"
10am-12:30pm - The largest Independence Day Parade in North America starts at 10am at
the corner of Brewster & Winslow, then it circles
downtown, along Broadway, Middlefield
and Main Streets. See Marching Bands, Floats and the newly-crowned Miss
— Independence Day
9am-5pm - Fun Independence Day Festival features Arts & Crafts, Food
and Beverages, Live Entertainment and Kid's Area (Jump House,
Clown and Face-Painting).
1pm - Battle of the Bands starts at 1pm — watch
as UC Davis and Stanford Marching
Bands compete (located on Winslow
bet Broadway and Marshal).
— Fireworks are back again this year! 9:30pm - Redwood City's annual Fireworks
Display begins at 9:30pm at the Port of Redwood City. The fireworks can
be seen from downtown and anywhere west of Highway 101 where
a clear view of the skies above the Port.
Mountain View — Shoreline
"San Francisco Symphony with Fireworks"
of July Fireworks Spectacular with the San Francisco Symphony Don't miss this FUN 4th of July program featuring the amazing San Francisco Symphony. Fourth of July Concert starts at 8pm.
Rain or shine.
5pm - Doors open for the pre-concert entertainment at Shoreline Amphitheater.
Live entertainment on the Family Fun Stage.
8pm - San Francisco Symphony Concert, followed by 4th
of July Fireworks Spectacular (accompanied by a medley
of Patriotic music performed by the SF Symphony).
— July 4th "Rose, White & Blue Parade and Festival" San Jose's "Rose, White & Blue Parade & Festival" is held annually on the 4th of July — drawing more than 22,000 visitors every year. The old-fashioned family-style parade features live bands, dance groups, creative home-made floats, kids on bikes, antique cars... and more!
10am-11:45am - Parade begins at Lincoln High School parking lot at 555 Dana Avenue and ends on The Alameda near Shasta Avenue, San Jose.
11am-3pm - Picnic on The Alameda between Hanchett Avenue and Shasta Avenue. .
Santa Clara 4th July
— City of Santa Clara 4th of
July Fireworks Extravaganza
4th of JulyFireworks Extravaganza
Fireworks are back again in 2013 after two year's of budget restrictions. Free admission.
5-10pm - Fireworks Extravaganza Show takes place in Santa Clara's Central Park. Live entertainment starts at 5pm with the Buchser Middle Scholl Jazz Band and the Dé ja Vu Jazz Band. The Groove Kings perform at 7:30pm.
July 5-6 — California's
Great America Independence Weekend
Celebration & Fireworks 9:30pm - California's Great America Independence
Weekend Celebration and Fireworks in Santa Clara returns again this year — on July 5 & 6 (Friday and Saturday) at 9:30pm. It is one of the largest fireworks displays in the Bay Area.
Note: There will be NO Fireworks on July 4th
— it's still a FUN place to celebrate the 4th of July with your
family and friends.
Morgan Hill — "Sing the Songs of America" 2013 Freedom Fest, Parade & Fireworks Celebrate Morgan Hill's 2013 Freedom Fest, 4th of July Parade & Fireworks. The parade, featuring marching bands and colorful floats, draws over 50,000 spectactors every year.
Wednesday, July 3
6pm-7pm - Patriotic Sing
7pm-10pm - Family Music Fest at the Community Cultural Center. Dance to The Usual Suspects.
Gourmet food, beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase.
Thursday, July 4
Freedom 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk
7:45am (1-mile start); 8am (5K Walk start); 8:15am (5K Run start)
9:30am - Liberty Car Cruise; 11:30am Car Show
9am - Pre-Parade
10am - 4th of July Parade in downtown Morgan Hill
6pm - Pre-Fireworks
9pm - Fireworks Extravaganza - Dark (after 9pm)
— 4th of July Parade & Celebration and "The
World's Shortest Parade"
Family Fun! Food, entertainment, games, arts & crafts...
Free admission. 7:30am-4:30pm.
7am-10am - Pancake Breakfast
10am-12 noon - 4th of July Parade
"The World's Shortest
(in distance only, not duration)
12 noon-4pm - Party in the Park (State
Soquel Drive, Aptos Village Park).
Enjoy great food, live entertainment and fun games.
Scotts Valley (Santa Cruz County)
— 4th of July Parade & Fireworks Display 3pm - Parade begins on Scotts Valley Drive
5pm - Fireworks event opens. Enjoy festival food, live music and games at Skypark Park
9:15pm - Fireworks Display
Advance Tickets: $6;
onsite $8, kids 4 and under are free.
Note: Food and games are not included in admission ticket.
Fourth of July Parade, Picnic & Fireworks Extravaganza
10am - Fourth of July Parade begins
on the corner of Second and Main, moves along Bridgeway
to Caledonia Street and ends at Dunphy Park, Sausalito. Floats,
Bands, Walking Clowns, Acrobats, Flowers, Balloons and Fun for
10am-4pm - 4th of July Picnic and Family Fun at Dunphy Park. Enjoy live entertainment, food, raffles, annual tug-o-war and the famous Egg Toss! Live music all day starting at 12 noon.
6:30-9:30pm - July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza at Gabrielson
Park. Food, refreshments and live music. Richardson's
Bay provides a
seating to a spectacular fireworks display off Spinnaker Point.
Novato's Annual Fourth
of July Parade — "Unsung Heroes" Novato's Fourth of July Parade is
the second-largest parade in the North
Bay — it attracts
between 15,000 and 20,000 spectators annually. This year's parade theme is "Unsung Heroes."
8am - 4th Annual 4th of July Run — “Firecracker 4” (four mile road race) and a “Mayor's Mile” (one mile family walk/jog) in downtown Novato takes place before the parade.
9am-9:45am - Pre-Parade Entertainment. Performances by the People of Note, Banjo Dave Marty, Abe van der Meule, and other fun street performers.
10am-12 noon - Parade begins at 10am. Parade route
runs east to west on the newly renovated Grant Avenue,
and ending at 7th Street.
4th of July Celebration & Fireworks
Call Veterans Home for 2013 Updates
12 noon-9:30pm - In the past, 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks have been held annually at
the historic Veterans Home in Yountville, Napa
Valley — it's a FUN event for families and for residents of the home. Events have included live entertainment,
food and wine, kid's activities... and more! No bicycles, skateboards, or scooters.
Fireworks have NOT been confirmed (past displays have taken place around 9:30pm).
County's Annual Fireworks Show
July 4— Santa Rosa "Red,
White & Boom!" Sonoma County Fair takes place at Sonoma Country Fairgrounds Carnival Area Lawn in Santa Rosa. Enjoy fun family-friendly activities,
attractions, contests, live entertainment, food
and beverages, kid's
activities... and more! Admission: $10 ages 12+, $5 ages 5-11; free for children 4 and under. Free Parking.
3:30pm - Gates open
4pm -Live Music; Court 'n Disaster @ 4pm, Pat Jordan Band @ 5:30pm,
Wonderbread 5 @ 7pm.
Alameda — Mayor's 4th
of July Parade
Alameda's "Mayor's 4th of July Parade" is
the second longest Independence Day Parade in the nation. And
at 3.3 miles, it's the longest route in the country, featuring
over 170 floats. More than 20,000
spectators turn out to see the parade every year.
on Bikes, Politicians,
Church Groups, Fez-Wearing Secret Societies, Gymnasts,
Dancers, Martial Arts Students, Banjo Pickers, Hula Dancers...
and more. Fun for the whole family!
Alameda Mayor's July 4th Parade R.A.C.E. — a 5K (3.1 mile) run and walk through Alameda, starts at 9:45am, just before the parade.
Parade starts at on Park Street, at Lincoln Avenue.
July 3 — Benicia's Freedom Festival Torchlight
Parade (No Street Dance) 6:30-9pm - Benecia's Freedom Festival Torchlight
Parade stretches all the way down First Street.
Entertainment, Bands, Dancing, Floats, Decorated Horses, Clowns...
July 4 — Benicia's
"Picnic in the Park & Waterfront
12 noon-7pm - "Picnic in the Park"
July 4th festivities include Music and
Dance performances, Arts & Crafts, Food and Beverages, and
fun Kids Activities at Benicia City Park (located on First Street
9pm - Fireworks
Fireworks Show takes place at the
foot of First Street. Enjoy the view from the First Street Green
July 4 — Berkeley Marina 4th of July Fireworks & All-Day Festival 12 noon-10pm - 4th of July festivities are held every year at the Berkeley Marina and Cesar Chavez Park in Berkeley,
California. Fun family day alcohol-free event. Activities include: Live Entertainment, Arts & Crafts,
International Food Booths, Free
Dragon Boat Rides, Kids Adventure Playground, Children's Shows, and a Fireworks Show. Free admission.
11am-8pm - Kids Adventure Playground with
Face-Painting, Giant Slide... and more!
12 noon-5pm - Free Dragon Boat Rowing
12 noon-9:30pm - Live Entertainment on the main stage, plus entertainment in smaller venues around the marina.
9:30pm - Fireworks
lasts approximately 30 minutes. Fireworks
are launched from the Berkeley Pier at the foot of University
be visible from all over the Marina and elsewhere. Automobile
access is limited. Free valet bicycle parking. No cars in or out after
7pm. Dogs permitted on a leash.
July 2, 3 & 4 — Concord 4th of July Celebration
— "The Flag" Festivities, Parade & Fireworks Show "The Flag" festivities
take place at Dave Brubeck Park, Concord. This FUN patriotic salute to America features a cast and choir
of over 150 people — the free event is a family-oriented celebration
of our country and its people. Through music, dance and drama,
the show includes encore audience favorites, movie and TV spoofs,
a celebration of faith, and a salute to the military. The
evening ends with a spectacular Fireworks Show.
10am - Parade starts at Mount Diablo High School on Grant Street
4pm - Kids Fun Zone with inflatables, face-painting and characters
7:30pm - Free Shows July 2, 3 & 4
9pm - Fireworks Show (July 2, 3 & 4) at Dave
Brubeck Park, Concord.
July 4 — Danville - Kiwani's
4th July Parade
— "People Helping People" 9am-11:30am - This
year's Parade theme is "People Helping People" The
Parade runs from the corner of Hartz Avenue and
San Ramon Valley Road and ends at the corner of San Ramon
Valley Road and Sycamore Valley Road. This popular
Parade typically attracts over 40,000 people. Come along
8:15am - City of San Ramone Fun Run
9am-11:30am* - Kiwani's Danville 4th of July Parade
4pm-7:30pm - San Ramone 's "Celebrate America, Celebrate San Ramon" event in San Ramon Central Park
*NOTE: Spectator chairs may not be put along parade route until 6pm on July 3rd.
July 4 — Fremont 4th of July Parade featuring the Niles District See creative floats and marching bands at Fremont's 4th of July Parade.
10am - Fremont's patriotic Parade takes place in the Downtown District of Fremont (featuring the Niles District). Parade route — begins at State Street and Capitol Avenue, then proceeds on to Paseo Padre Parkway, Walnut Avenue, California Street, ending on Beacon Avenue.
July 4 — Moraga "July 4th at the Commons Park" — Dog Parade & Fireworks
Celebrate Moraga's July 4th at the Commons Park. Festivities include the annual Dog Parade and evening Fireworks. No Classic Car Show this year.
July 4 — Oakland's Jack
London Square "July 4th Family Fun Festival"
Oakland's "July 4th Family Fun Festival" takes place throughout Jack London Square.
11am-4pm - July 4th Festival includes live music, magicians, juggling, stilt-walking, circus acts, hoola hoops, petting zoo, festival food and fun entertainment. Bike rentals and kayaking available. Free bike valet parking. Free admission.
July 4th — Onboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet in Alameda
Celebrate July 4th aboard the USS Hornet Museum at Pier
3, Alameda Point.
11am-10pm - Fun event includes Live Music and Interactive Family Activities
on the Flight Deck — Carnival Games, Flight Simulator, Food, Beer and
Wine, Fun Children's Activities, Jump House, RoboSurf, Bunjee Run... and more!
11am-8pm - Explore the Ship (3 Decks)
2pm-8pm - FUN Family Activities, Carnival Games & more
2pm-9:15pm - Live Music & Entertainment
(featuring Tempest, Bay Area Heat, Barbershop Quartet, Golden Gate Harmony, and The Stacy Adams Band)
9:15pm - Fireworks display accompanied by Patriotic
Enjoy great views of Bay Area Fireworks
from the Flight Deck. Be sure to bring a warm jacket as it can get
quite chilly, especially
if the fog rolls in. Note: USS Hornet does NOT do their
Tickets: Adults $20 (at the door $25), Kids (5-17) $10, children under 5 free with paying adult. Free Parking.
July 4 — Vallejo Six Flags Discovery
Kingdom "4th of July Fireworks"
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is the only major Northern California
theme park to offer fireworks on Independence Day. For best fireworks
viewing, head to Chabot Stadium, alongside the park's beautiful
Park is open 10:30am-10pm. Fireworks event
is free with paid park admission.
Fireworks Extravaganza on July 4, 5 & 6th.
Coast July 4th Celebrations & Fireworks Mendocino 4th of July Parade,
Point Arena Street Fair & Fireworks and Independence Day Parade, World's Largest Salmon BBQ, and
Fireworks in Fort Bragg.
— Point Arena Street Fair, Fireworks & Parade
Enjoy Point Arena Independence Day Celebration Festivities. July 6 (Saturday) — Street Fair & Fireworks at the Cove 4-10pm - Street Fair at Arena Cove Pier at Point Arena. Enjoy live entertainment, arts & craft, food and drinks. No pets. Fireworks begin at dark.
July 7 (Sunday) — Point Arena Independence Day Parade
12 noon - Parade travels along Main Street/Hwy 1 More Info on Point Arena Independence Day Celebration
July 6 (Saturday night) — Fort Bragg Fireworks — Annual
Independence Day Fireworks
9pm - Display begins
at dark (around 9pm-9:30pm) at Pomo Bluff Park, located at Todd's Point, overlooking
Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg. Walk-in only after 5pm. 707-961-6300 More Info on Fort Bragg Fireworks
Lake Tahoe — Star
Spangled Fourth - "Lights on the Lake" Fireworks
and Fun Independence Day Celebrations
— South Shore, Lake Tahoe
July 4 — "Lights on the Lake" Fireworks
See the largest synchronized Fireworks Display west
of the Mississippi. "Lights on the Lake" is visible all over South Lake Tahoe; best views are from South Shore's paddle-wheelers or private boats; Nevada Beach (2 miles east of the casinos on Elk Point Road; Regan and El Dorado beaches (on the shore at Highway 50); and Edgewood-Tahoe (ticketed event) and adjacent Lakeside Beach.
July 4th Fireworks Show begins at
July 3 (Wednesday) — Kings Beach 3rd of July Fireworks & Party
2pm Beach Party at North Tahoe Event Center deck with DJ, live music, food, beer garden and more!
Fireworks Display at Kings Beach
July 4 (Thursday) — Truckee, Donner Lake
at 10am. Live entertainment and fun festivities
during the day.
Fireworks Display TBD
July 4 (Thursday) — Tahoe City Fireworks
Fireworks Display at dusk on Commons Beach in downtown Tahoe City.
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