Fireworks and fun around the Bay Area on July 4th

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The Fourth of July is here! Check out local activities including parades, fairs,  firework shows, and family fun around the Bay Area.

Alameda County Fair

Live entertainment, horse racing, funnel cakes and more. Fair hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. but this year, no admission after 3 p.m. Fair admission is between $7.50- $15. 4501 Pleasanton Avenue Pleasanton, CA For more information visit here.


Join the community of Alameda for one of the largest parades in the nation. The mayor’s annual Fourth of July Parade will take place in downtown Alameda. The R.A.C.E. begins at 9 a.m. and the parade at 10 a.m. For more information visit

Berkeley Marina

Live performances, fireworks, food, and family fun. The City of Berkeley is hosting a  Fourth of July Celebration that will kick of at noon starting at the main stage located at 210 University Ave. Following the fireworks show will being at 9:35 p.m. at the end of the Berkeley Marina Pier. Viewing is best along Seawall Drive south of the Pier or from Hs Lordship’s parking lot. For more information click here. 

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The 5K/ Kids run beings at 8 a.m. The parade route is scheduled for 10 a.m beginning at Mt. Diablo High School. Festival gates open at 4 p.m. Admission is free. After dark  the fireworks begin at 9 p.m. For more information visit here. 

El Cerrito

Celebrate America’s birthday at the El Cerrito 4th of July Festival. Live music, tasty foods, vendor booths, and fun for children. This family- friendly event takes place at Cerrito Vista Park from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Admission is free.  

Marin County

The Marin Mommies have compiled a list of fireworks, pancake breakfasts and parades throughout the county. Find out more here. 

Napa County Fair

Parade, fair and fireworks in downtown Calistoga beginning at 11 a.m. Doors open at noon. General admission is $15 and children 5 years and younger are free. For more information, click here. Fireworks will start "when it's good and dark." 


Keep cool and celebrate Independence Day at the Jack London Square Block Party. Live music, tasty food, vendor booths, kid activities and more. This event is free for all from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. near Embarcadero West and Broadway. For more information, click here. 


The city of Piedmont will kick off its small-town parade at 11 a.m. at the corner of Highland Avenue and Park Way.

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Palo Alto

Find out what is cooking this 4th if July at the 2018 Chili Cookoff in Palo Alto from noon to 5 p.m. The ticket pre-sale deadline has been extended find out more here. 


Pre-July 4 festivities take place on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Marina Bay Park in Richmond. In addition to music and BBQ, there will be a small fireworks show. 

San Francisco

Head to Fisherman's Wharf for an evening of live entertainment and a night of fireworks. Showtime is at 9:30 p.m. and can be viewed from the Aquatic Park and Pier 39. In case you get stuck in Bay Bridge traffic, you can always watch the show from your car.

San Jose

Join the Rotary Club of San Jose for an exciting night of red, white, and blue. This is a family friendly event taking place at Discovery Meadow, 180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110.  Scheduled show time is approximately 9:30 p.m. For information, click here. 

Santa Clara

Grab your picnic blankets, umbrellas, and bathing suits  for the Santa Clara’s All-City Picnic & Fireworks. Enjoy the 4th of July at this free family friendly event beginning at noon. located at Central Park 909 Kiely Blvd.