Bay Area cities cancel July 4 festivities because of extreme heat

The extreme heat and fire danger is spurring Bay Area cities to cancel July 4 activities for the health and safety of their residents.

The Jamaican American Community Organization canceled its July 4 Family Day, which was supposed to have been held from noon to 7 p.m. at Joaquin Miller Park because of a Red Flag Warning. 

However, the after party will still take place at Minto's Jamaican restaurant at 7 p.m. 

Antioch, where temperatures are expected to top 110 degrees, canceled its Fourth of July parade due to an excessive heat warning, Antioch police said. 

The rest of the celebration will continue at 6 p.m. Thursday in "historic Rivertown" when things start to cool down. The city will host rides and games, food trucks, live music, a dunk tank, and more.

The fireworks show is still scheduled to go off over the Delta, beginning at 9:15 p.m.

Up north in Cloverdale, officials stopped the sale of fireworks because of the Red Flag conditions and prolonged heat wave.


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For the second consecutive day, temperatures on Wednesday will hover over 100 degrees in many inland areas in California including in Bay Area cities including Santa Rosa, Calistoga, Livermore, Cupertino and beyond.

The city is still planning on holding its annual Fourth of July fireworks display at Cloverdale High School.

Meanwhile, St. Helena in Napa County, and Healdsburg in Sonoma County, are canceling their July 4 fireworks shows. 

However, St. Helena will still host a community festival at Crane Park on Thursday at 6 p.m., and the fire department plans to help people cool off with a spray zone. 

Even individuals weren't up to their usual July 4 events.

"Normally, I'd do a backyard BBQ," a woman in Alameda said. "Not this year. This year I'm in a hotel with a pool and AC. I'm doing a staycation."

There are still plenty of other July 4 activities going on and KTVU has compiled a list of Bay Area Independence Day events. 

The National Weather Service predicts similar triple-digit temps for the July 4 holiday and at least until Saturday. 

Computer models show that average Bay Area summer temperatures won't return until July 13.