2016 Fireworks & Celebrations

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Bay Area Celebrates 4th of July Events & Fireworks

It’s the number one question every Fourth of July: Where will you watch the fireworks this year? Now is the time to find that perfect place to watch the sky light up — whether you find a spot in the park or on your roof — there are numerous fireworks shows in the Bay Area this holiday.

Below is CBS SF Bay Area’s list of Independence Day activities, including parades, concerts, barbecues, and official fireworks displays (over 100 events). These are organized alphabetically, by name of community for easy use – followed by date, time and location information. If you know of any we somehow missed, let us know!


 
Alameda:
“Mayor’s 4th of July Parade”
Monday, July 4. Parade at 10 a.m. is one of the longest Independence Day parades in the nation with over 170 floats and 2,500 participants. No Fireworks.
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Albany:
“A Green, Red, White & Blue Celebration”
Monday, July 4. Community celebration in Memorial Park. No Fireworks
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*Antioch: Fireworks!
4th of July Celebration
Monday, July 4th from 3pm – Family fun for everyone! Featuring live entertainment, a car show, Kids Zone w/ family games and a Firework Shows rated Best Firework Shows in Contra Costa
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*American Canyon: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. Join-in on a full day of family fun at their annual 4th of July Celebration. The day includes a parade, festival and of course our famous fireworks show! Get More Info

Aptos:
Monday, July 4. Enjoy a pancake breakfast starting at 7:00am – 10:00am. “World Shortest” Parade at 10:00am – 12:00pm, followed by post-parade party until 4 p.m. in Aptos Village Park. No Fireworks
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Benicia: Fireworks!
Sunday, July 3. Freedom Festival Torchlight Parade along 1st Street at 6:30 p.m. Get More Info
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Monday, July 4. Picnic in the Park & Fireworks – 12:00pm-7:00pm – Featuring arts & crafts, live entertainment, plenty of food and children’s activities. Fireworks begin around 9:00pmat the foot of First Street.
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*Berkeley: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. Celebration at Berkeley Marina from 12:00pm to 10:00pm with live entertainment, food, arts & crafts, kids playground and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. off the end of the Berkeley Pier.
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*Bodega Bay: Fireworks!
Saturday, July 2. Fireworks over Bodega Bay starts at 9:30pm over the Bay, viewable from Westside Road.
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*Calistoga: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. Napa County Fair & Fireworks – Parade at 11:00am through downtown Calistoga. Fireworks Sky Concert at 9:30pm at the Napa County Fairgrounds.
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*Concord: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. 7th Annual Stars & Stripes 5K Run & Walk – Enjoy this 3.1 mile run/walk at Todos Santos Plaza in Downtown Concord. Proceeds from this race benefit both the Family Justice Center of Concord and the Bay Area Crisis Nursery.
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Monday, July 4. Concord 4th of July – Celebrate Concord’s 2nd Annual 4th of July Festival with a kids carnival, food booths, vendor exhibits, and live entertainment on stage. Fireworks will end the day with will not disappoint. Located at Mt. Diablo High School in Concord. Gates open at 4:00 p.m.
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Corte Madera:
Monday, July 4. Parade starts at Redwood High School at 10:30 a.m. and ends at Corte Madera Town Center for a festival until 5:00 p.m. No Fireworks
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Clayton:
Monday, July 4th. 4th of July – Pancake Breakfast & Parade – Breakfast begins at Endeavor Hall in Downtown Clayton starting at 7:00 a.m. Clayton’s 2016 Fourth of July Parade “Hats Off to Clayton!” starts at Center and Oak Streets at 10:00 a.m. – No Fireworks
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*Cloverdale: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. Fireworks at 9 p.m. at Cloverdale High School football field.
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Cupertino:
Monday, July 4. Pancake Breakfast from 7:00am-11:00am, Children’s parade at 10:00am followed by music in Memorial Park until noon. No Fireworks
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Danville:
Monday, July 4. Annual parade that attracts over 40,000 attendees starting at 9:00am on Hartz Ave – San Ramon Valley Blvd from El Cerro & Sycamore Valley Rd. No Fireworks
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El Cerrito:
Monday, July 4. Thousands are expected arrive at Cerrito Vista Park to celebrate at the City of El Cerrito/worldOne 4th of July Festival starting from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. with live entertainment on the Main Stage until 6:30 p.m. No Fireworks
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Fairfield:
Monday, July 4. Parade along Texas Street to Union Street starting at 10:00 a.m. No Fireworks.
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*Foster City: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast and Parade starting at 9:00 a.m. followed by festivities at Leo Ryan Park including live music, carnival rides, and amazing food! Fireworks over the lagoon starts at 9:30 p.m.
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Fremont:
“Fremont 4th of July Parade”
Monday, July 4. Parade starts at Stevenson & Paseo Padre Blvd. at 10:00 a.m. No Fireworks.
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*Gilroy: Fireworks!
4th of July fireworks
Monday, July 4. The City of Gilroy is hosting their free 4th of July Fireworks Display at Gilroy High School on 10th Street starting at 9:15 p.m. Get More Info

Half Moon Bay:
Monday, July 4. Pancake Breakfast at Mac Dutra Park starting at 8:00 a.m. + Parade on Main Street at Noon. No Fireworks
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*Healdsburg: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. Known as “The Best Fireworks Show north of the Golden Gate…” enjoy Fireworks at dark at Healdsburg High School football field. Put together by American Legion Veterans Non-profit Organization. Get More Info or check out their Facebook Page.

Hollister:
Hollister Independence Rally 2016 (formerly the Hollister Freedom Rally)
Friday, July 1st thru Sunday, July 3rd – A 3-day weekend rally is best known as the epicenter of motorcycle enthusiasts with live entertainment, festival foods, charitable events + the finest motorcycles on display. No Fireworks
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Kenwood:

Monday, July 4th. Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast starting at 7:00 a.m. Kenwood Hometown Parade begins at 10:30am at Kenwood Plaza Park on Warm Springs Road with entertainment to follow. No Fireworks
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*Livermore: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. Red, White & Blue Fireworks & Block Party starting at 4:00pm in Downtown Livermore. Fireworks at 9:30pm
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Los Gatos:
Monday, July 4th. Community celebration with food & music at Oak Meadow Park from 11:00am – 4:30pm No Fireworks
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Martinez: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. Pancake Breakfast from 8:00am – 10:00am + Flag Raising Ceremony at 9:15am & Parade in downtown at 10:00am. Fireworks will light up the night at Martinez Shoreline Park around 9:30pm.
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Menlo Park:
Monday, July 4. Parade & Celebration starting at 11:45am followed by food, games and music in Burgess Park. No Fireworks
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*Moraga: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. Daylong events at Moraga Commons Park include a dog parade, bike parade, old fashioned kids games, magic show, evening concert and fireworks at 9: 30pm
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*Morgan Hill: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. Award-winning parade in downtown at 10:00am. + Car Cruise ‘n Show and Walk/Run events. Night time fireworks at at Outdoor Sports Center.
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*Mountain View: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. San Francisco Symphony performs at Shoreline Amphitheater at 8:00pm with a fireworks finale. Get More Info

*City of Napa: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. Independence Day on the Wine Train – View the Yountville Fireworks from the comfort of the Wine Train.
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Novato:
Monday, July 4. Parade at 10:00am through the city’s Old Town district features the largest assemblage of restored military vehicles in the Bay Area. No Fireworks
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Oakland: Fireworks!
* Saturday, July 2. Fireworks after the Oakland A’s vs Pirates night game – Salute to Armed Forces Fireworks at the O.co Coliseum.
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Monday, July 4. Festival of Family Fun – Jack London Square will be hosting a fun daytime event (11:00am – 4:00pm) for families, featuring tasty treats, music and much more! No Fireworks
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*Oakley: Fireworks!
Saturday, July 2. Celebrate Oakley’s Cityhood and our nation’s birthday at The 17th annual Cityhood Celebration. Enjoy food, games and music starting at 6:00pm at Freedom Basin Park featuring jumpies, games, food, music and a fireworks display starting approximately 9:30pm.
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Orinda:
Monday, July 4. Parade at 10:00am. Followed by a festival at Orinda Community Park. No Fireworks.
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Pacifica:
Monday, July 4. Community celebration at Frontierland Park filled with crafts, games, music and more from 10:00am to 4:00pm. No Fireworks.
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Palo Alto:
Monday, July 4. 35th Annual Chili Cook Off & Summer Festival at Mitchell Park from Noon to 5:00pm. No Fireworks.
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*Petaluma: Fireworks!
Henry Curtis Ford Presents ‘Petaluma 4th – Rock & Rockets’
Monday, July 4. Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds features entertainment and food starting at 5:00pm with fireworks after 9:30pm. Get More Info

*Pleasant Hill: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. Celebration in Downtown and Pleasant Hill Park with parade, Firecracker 5K Fun Run, music, fun & games + fireworks display at College Park High School.
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*Pleasanton: Fireworks!
*Alameda County Fair:
Enjoy a special day filled with LIVE Music, Fireworks, Extreme Action Sports, LIVE Horseracing and Great Food. The 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular promises to live up to its name with non-stop, razzle-dazzle fireworks set to music performed by the Oakland Symphony and we will have a Salute to Hometown Heroes Video before fireworks! Show starts at approximately 9:30pm, with best viewing at the Budweiser Grandstand (at the Horse Racing Track). All attractions are FREE with admission. For more information, visit www.alamedacountyfair.com.
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Monday, July 4. July 4 Celebration with the Pleasanton Community Concert Band from 12:30pm to 2:30pm at Lions Wayside Park, 4401 First Street in Pleasanton. No Fireworks.

*Redwood City: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. 5K Parade Run is open to all runners, walkers, and strollers of any age. The race starts at 8:30am at the corner of Marshall and Arguello Streets in Redwood City. at the Port – Free all-day festival featuring a breakfast, parade, carnival, car show and concert. A fireworks show concludes the holiday at approximately 9:30pm. Get More Info
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Monday, July 4. Pancake Breakfast, Downtown Parade, 5K Run + Festival & Fireworks at the Port – Free all-day festival featuring a breakfast, parade, carnival, car show and concert. A fireworks show concludes the holiday at approximately 9:30pm. Get More Info

*Richmond: Fireworks!
Third of July Live Blues & Fireworks 2016
Sunday, July 3. Celebrate with the Richmond community! Enjoy a night of food, live music, games and a great view of the Richmond Waterfront fireworks (starting at 9:15pm)! Get More Info

*Rohnert Park: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. Santa Rosa Symphony w/ Steve Tyrell & Michael Berkowitz, conductor performs at 7:30pm at Sonoma State’s Weill Hall and Lawn “followed by eye-popping pyrotechnics” at 9:15 pm. Get More Info

Ross:
Monday, July 4. Parade at 11:00am followed by community picnic at Ross Common Park. Enjoy music, games and much more! No Fireworks. Get More Info


 
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*San Francisco: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. Waterfront festival at Pier 39 with live music from 80’s cover band Tainted Love starting Noon until the fireworks show approximately at 9:30pm.
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San Jose:
Monday, July 4. Rose, White & Blue Parade at 10:00am followed by entertainment and good things to eat, all at The Alameda. No Fireworks. Get More Info
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Independence Day Celebration: Fireworks!
*Monday, July 4. Celebrate America with the San Jose Giants and fireworks! Come to San Jose Municipal Stadium on the Fourth of July as the Giants go up against Modesto Nuts! Then hang out afterwards for Postgame Fireworks! Get More Info
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Rotary Fireworks: Fireworks!
*Monday, July 4th. Free, world-class fireworks return to Downtown San Jose! Join the Rotary Club of San Jose and Symphony Silicon Valley in celebrating Independence Day at Discovery Meadow. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30pm. Get More Info

San Mateo:
Monday, July 4. July 4th in the Park Festival runs 11:00am-2:00pm at Martin Luther King Park and Pool on Monte Diablo Ave. and N. Fremont Streets in San Mateo. Family Fun, Music, Free recreational swim w/ inflatables, family cardboard boat race (pre-registration required).
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*San Pablo: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. Family Celebration and Fireworks Show – Live music and performances at El Portal Soccer Field starting at 4:00pm followed by Fireworks at dusk. Get More Info

*San Rafael: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. Marin County Fair 2016 with a performance by multi-platinum rock band, Foreigner at 7:30pm + fireworks at 9:30pm. Get More Info

San Ramon:
Monday, July 4. Musical celebration at San Ramon Central Park Amphitheater from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. No Fireworks. Get More Info

*Santa Clara: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. Live music, kids activities, food at Central Park starting at 12Noon to 5:00pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm.
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*Monday, July 4. Watch a spectacular fireworks display at California’s Great America. Get More Info

*Santa Rosa: Fireworks!
Red, White & BOOM!
Monday, July 4. Red, White, and Boom celebration at Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Enjoy food and live music from 3:30pm with a fireworks show at night. Get More Info

Saratoga:
Monday, July 4. Parade and music are part of a morning-long community celebration at Kevin Moran Park. No Fireworks
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*Sausalito: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. Parade starts at 10:00am through Downtown Sausalito followed by a festival in Dunphy Park. Fireworks display over Richardson Bay.
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*Scotts Valley: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. Celebrate the 4th of July with a parade, flyover, fireworks, outrageous BBQ, two live bands, games, petting zoo & much more! The fireworks show in Scotts Valley is the only sanctioned fireworks show in Santa Cruz County. Get More Info

*Sebastopol: Fireworks!
Sunday, July 3. Music begins at 6:00pm with fireworks at dusk at Analy High School.
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Sonoma:
Monday, July 4. Parade starts at 10:00am followed by a festive celebration on the Sonoma Plaza all day. No Fireworks
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*Suisun City: Fireworks!
Independence Day Spectacular
Monday, July 4. Celebration with live entertainment and food starting at 11:00am in the Waterfront District and Fireworks display over the Waterfront at 9:15pm.
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COMPLETE SUMMER GUIDE: Life Hacks & Idea Lists for July 4th and the Rest Of the Season

 
*Tiburon: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. Fireworks cruise at 8:30pm aboard the Angel Island Tiburon Ferry.
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*Vacaville: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. Bring the family to historic Downtown Vacaville for an old fashioned 4th of July. Andrews Park opens at 5:00pm with Fireworks at dusk.
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*Vallejo: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. 163rd Annual Vallejo 4th of July Parade at 10:00am beginning at Broadway and Tennessee and through Downtown Vallejo. Fireworks at approximately 9:15 pm along the waterfront. Get More Info
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Saturday, July 2 – Monday, July 4. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’ July 4th Fest – Celebrate our country, enjoy the summer and share great times with family and friends. Fireworks at dusk. Get More Info

*Windsor: Fireworks!
Sunday, July 3. Celebration at at Keiser Park with entertainment starting at 4:00pm and fireworks at dusk. Get More Info

*Yountville: Fireworks!
Monday, July 4. Festival at the Veterans Home from 12noon to 10:00pm with live music and food. Fireworks at dusk.
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