Bay Area: Fireworks and festivities on July 4

Looking for live music, good food, fireworks, and parades for the 4th of July? We've got your back! Check out this list below of over 20 cities around the Bay Area that have plans this holiday. 

The Alameda Fourth of July Parade is one of the biggest in the nation, with over 150 floats and 2,500 participants. The annual Alameda Race starts at 9:45 a.m. and the parade kicks off at 10 a.m. For more on the event click here. 

Join the community for Antioch’s annual Hometown 4th of July celebration. The parade kicks off in downtown at 11 a.m., followed by a community celebration at Contra Costa County Fairgrounds at 4 p.m. Fireworks will go off at 9:30 p.m. 

Bodega Bay
Enjoy a day on the water at Bodega bay’s Freedom Paddle event, Boat Parade, and local art show. Head to the Bodega bay harbor Yacht club at 5 p.m. for a dance and live music acts. For more information, click here. 

Head to the Berkeley Marina for a family-friendly day of fun. The celebration will kick off at noon at 201 University Ave. Catch the fireworks at the Berkeley Marina at 9:35 p.m., or head the Berkeley Hills where you might see both the Berkeley fireworks and the ones in San Francisco.  For more information click here. 

Get to Todos Santos Plaza early for a pancake breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. and the Stars and Stripes Kids Fun Run at 8 a.m. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and stick around for the festival at Mt. Diablo High school featuring live music and a fireworks show.  Learn more about the events here. 

Foster City
The Family and Dog Parade in Foster City is one of the cutest parades around the Bay. The festivities include the parade and a dog show, with prizes for the Most Patriotic puppy. The event begins at 11:05 a.m. Find out more here. 

Gilroy Gardens
Gilroy gardens is hosting a Fourth of July BBQ this year. Join their celebration at 12 and 1 p.m. this year at 3050 Hecker Pass Rd, Gilroy, CA. For information on food and more click here.

Join family and friends this year at Gilroy’s Fourth of July fireworks show. The show kicks off at 9:30 p.m. and is approximately 30 minutes long. The best location for viewing is at Gilroy high school and surrounding areas. Gilroy High School Sports Field, 750 W. Tenth Street, Gilroy, CA. For more information, click here.

 Marin County
The Marin Mommies have compiled a list of Fourth of July activities all around Marin county, form fireworks cruises to pancake breakfasts. Check out the whole list here. 

Menlo Park
Join the families and their decorated bikes and wagons in the Menlo Park Fourth of July Parade. Head to Burgess Park after the parade for a festival full of carnival games, rock walls, and food. Parade starts at 11:45 a.m., celebration goes from noon to 3 p.m. Click here for more information.

Morgan Hill
Morgan Hill’s annual Freedom Fest includes a Freedom Run, parade, and Family Street Dance. Head to Fourth and Monterey Street for the parade at 10 a.m. and stay for the car show at noon. Fireworks kick off at 9:30 p.m. Learn more about Freedom Fest here.

Napa County
The Napa County Fair is hosting its annual Independence Day Celebration. The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. and the carnival opens at noon. Save $5 on tickets by buying them online in advance. For tickets and more information, click here. 

Novato’s parade of the largest hometown parade in the North Bay. Festivities begin at 7 a.m. with a Buckaroo Breakfast and pre-parade entertainment. The parade goes form 10 a.m. to noon. More information here. 

Celebrate with the whole family at the 4Th of July Block party in Jack London Square. The free event will feature live music and a kids’ zone with activities for children from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Learn more about the event here. 

The Independence Day Fireworks Celebration will light up Pittsburg Marina at about 9:15 p.m. Click here for more on the event and road closures around the marina.  

Join the community of Richmond in celebrating Independence Day a day early at their 3rd of July Fireworks & celebration. Enjoy music and activities at Marina Bay park starting at 5 p.m. until the fireworks kick off at approximately 9:15 p.m. Click here. 

San Francisco
Head to Pier 39 at 3 p.m. for musical entertainment and family-friendly activities. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. and can be seen the best from Fisherman’s Wharf on the northeast waterfront. For more, visit 

San Jose
Join the fun at Discovery Meadow as Rotary Club of San Jose puts on their annual fireworks extravaganza. The show is scheduled to begin at approximately 10 p.m. Learn more about the event here. 

Santa Clara
Head over to Central Park for to enjoy a day of picnicking and family fun. The All-City Picnic & Fireworks will begin at noon and is open to all for no cost. For more, click here. 

Santa Rosa
Red, White, and Boom! 2019 will kick off at 3 p.m. at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. Enjoy food from local vendors then a fireworks show around 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per adult and free for children under 5. Click here for tickets and more information. 


Six Flags and Coca-Cola are partnering for this year’s annual Coca-Cola July 4th Fest. The Independence Day celebration takes place July 3-6 at Six Flags and Vallejo. Festivities include nightly fireworks shows, Coca-Cola Cool Zones filled with Coca-Cola flavor samples, cooling misters and foam dance parties.

The Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade will begin at noon. Get there early to get a good seat; chairs can be placed along the route the morning of the parade.  Learn more about the event here.