Bay Area Celebrates July 4 With Events, Fireworks

CBS San Francisco
CBC San FranciscoJuly 1, 2011

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 San Francisco's full list of Independence Day activities, including parades, concerts, barbecues, and official fireworks displays. These are organized alphabetically, by name of community for easy use — followed by date, time and location information.

Alameda:
Monday, July 4. Alameda's 4th of July Parade at 10 a.m. is the 2nd longest Independence Day parade in the nation. It's followed by a festival, but no fireworks.
Info: http://www.myalamedaparade.com/.

Antioch:
Monday, July 4. Parade at 10 a.m. in downtown. No Fireworks.
Info: http://www.eastcountylive.com/event_detail.php?event_id=3519

American Canyon:
Monday, July 4. Parade at 10:30 a.m. followed by festival all day in Community Park with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/american-canyon-4th-july-parade-festival-fireworks/

Aptos:
Monday, July 4. Parade at 10 a.m., followed by post-parade party until 4 p.m. in Aptos City Park. No fireworks.
Info: http://www.aptoschamber.com/

Benicia:
Monday, July 4. Benicia's City Park is filled with arts and crafts, food, live entertainment and children's activities from Noon until 7 p.m. Fireworks start about 9 p.m. at the foot of First Street.
Info: http://www.beniciamainstreet.org/events1.html

Berkeley:
Monday, July 4. Celebration at Berkeley Marina from noon to 10 p.m. with live entertainment, food, arts & crafts, kids playground and pony rides. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. off the end of the Berkeley Pier.
Info: http://events.sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/localevents/event/100/6286-4th-of-July-Fireworks-All-Day-Festival

Bodega Bay:
Saturday, July 2. Fireworks at about 9:30 p.m. over the Bay. Small, free display at Westside Park.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/july-2nd-fireworks-bay-bodega-bay/

Calistoga:
Monday, July 4. Parade at 11 a.m. through downtown Calistoga. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at the Napa County Fairgrounds.
Info: http://www.napacountyfair.org/County-Fair/Entertainment/index.html

Concord:
Monday, July 4th. Early morning 5k run/walk followed by 10 a.m. parade and fireworks at dusk at Dave Brubeck Park.
Info: http://events.sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/localevents/event/100/6358-4th-of-July-in-Concord

Corte Madera — Larkspur:
Monday, July 4. Parade starts at Redwood High School at 10:30 a.m. and ends at Corte Madera's Town Park for a community fair with fun and games. No fireworks.
Info: http://www.cortemadera.org/

Cloverdale:
Monday, July 4. Fireworks at 9 p.m. at Cloverdale High School football field.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/fourth-july-2011-fireworks-cloverdale/

Cupertino:
Monday, July 4. Fireworks at dusk at Creekside Park.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/cupertino-fourth-july-2010-fireworks-show/

Danville:
Monday, July 4. Annual parade that attracts tens of thousands starts at 9am in downtown Danville. No fireworks.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/kiwanis-july-4th-parade-danville/

Foster City:
Monday, July 4. Parade followed by festivities all day at Leo J. Ryan Park including live music, food and more. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Info: http://www.fostercity.org/Services/recreation/TH-4th-of-July-Celebration-Main-Page.cfm

Fremont:
Monday, July 4. Fremont 4th of July Parade starting at 10 a.m. No fireworks.
Info: http://fremont4th.org/.

Gilroy:
Monday, July 4. A 20-minute fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. at Gilroy High School.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/4th-july-fireworks-salute-gilroy/

Guerneville:
Sunday, July 3. Block party in downtown Guerneville including arts & crafts fair and a BBQ, followed by firewoks at dark over the Russian River.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/russian-river-fourth-july-celebration-guerneville/

Half Moon Bay:
Monday, July 4. Parade on Main Street at Noon. Fireworks at sundown at Pillar Point Harbor.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/4th-july-2010-small-town-parade-moon-bay/

Healdsburg:
Monday, July 4. Fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. at Healdsburg High School Athletic Field.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/20th-annual-american-legion-fireworks-show-healdsburg/

Hollister:
Monday, July 4th. Kiddie parade at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. Community fireworks display at dusk.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/fourth-july-kiddie-parade-fireworks-hollister/

Livermore:
Monday, July 4. Due to budget cuts, the 2011 Old-Fashioned Fourth of July festival at Robertson Park is cancelled. No Fireworks.
Info: http://www.larpd.dst.ca.us/programs/Fourth_of_July_info.html.

Martinez:
Monday, July 4. Parade in downtown at 10 a.m. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. at Waterfront Park.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/hometown-4th-july-celebration-hot-dog-contest-fireworks-martinez/

Milpitas:
Monday, July 4. Milpitas celebrates Independence Day with an evening of music beginning at 8 p.m. & fireworks at 9:30 p.m. on the Sports Center's Football field.
Info: http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/_pdfs/rec_activity_guide.pdf

Monte Rio:
Sunday, July 3. Water Parade and Carnaval at 8 p.m. at Monte Rio Public Beach, followed by fireworks at dark over the Russian River.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/water-carnival-boat-parade-fireworks-russian-river-2010/

Moraga:
Monday, July 4. Daylong events at Moraga Commons Park include a dog parade, classic car show, bike parade, old fashioned kids games, magic show, evening concert and fireworks at 9: 30 p.m.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/dog-parade-classic-car-show-july-4th-fireworks-moraga/

Morgan Hill:
Monday, July 4, Award-winning parade in downtown at 11 am. Fireworks at dark at Morgan Hill Community Park.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/4th-july-2010-official-santa-clara-county-silicon-valley-parade-celebration-fireworks-morgan-hill/

Mountain View:
Monday, July 4, San Francisco Symphony Fireworks Show at Shoreline Ampitheatre at 8 pm. Full concert followed by fireworks display.
Info: http://www.sfsymphony.org/season/Event.aspx?eventid=48766

Napa:
Monday, July 4. Fourth of July Parade at 1 p.m. through downtown Napa followed by an evening festival and fireworks at dusk at Napa's Veterans Memorial Park.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/red-white-blue-picnic-fireworks-san-ramon/

Novato:
Monday, July 4. The annual Fourth of July Parade begins at 10 a.m. The 100 entrants in this patriotic procession feature marching bands, classic cars, Irish pipers, horses, dance troups, basset hounds, and the largest assemblage of restored military vehicles in the Bay Area. No fireworks.
Info: www.novatoparade.com/.

Oakland:
Monday, July 4. No fireworks display over Jack London Square again for 2011, but the city is still hosting a fun daytime event for families with a petting zoo, art activities for the kids, carnival games and bike, canoe and kayak rentals.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/family-fun-4th-july-oakland/

Oakley:
Saturday, July 2. Fireworks at dusk at Freedom Basin Park.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/cityhood-fireworks-celebration-oakley/

Oakville:
Saturday, July 2. Robert Mondavi Winery is hosting a performance with singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw, followed by a post-concert fireworks display at about 9 p.m.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/mondavi-winery-fireworks-show-oakville/

Orinda:
Monday, July 4. Parade through downtown Orinda at 10 a.m., followed by festival at Orinda Community Park. No fireworks.
Info: http://www.orindachamber.org/Calendar.htm

Petaluma:
Monday, July 4. Sonoma-Marin fairgrounds features entertainment and food starting at 4 p.m., with fireworks at dusk.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/petaluma-fireworks/

Pleasant Hill:
Monday, July 4. Fourth of July Celebration in Downtown and Pleasant Hill Park with 5k run, parade, fun and games — all starting at 9:30 a.m. Fireworks at dusk.
Info: http://events.sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/localevents/event/100/6359-Fourth-of-July-in-Pleasant-Hill

Pleasanton:
Friday, July 1. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/alameda-county-fair-fireworks-show-july-2-2010/

Richmond:
Sunday, July 3. The Oakland East Bay Symphony performs in concert at 5 p.m. at the Craneway Pavillion followed by fireworks at dusk.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/oakland-east-bay-symphony-fireworks-celebration-richmond/

Redwood City:
Monday, July 4, Parade downtown at 10am, followed by an all-day festival. No fireworks.
Info: www.parade.org.

San Francisco:
Monday, July 4. Waterfront Festival at Pier 39. Live music from noon until the fireworks at 9:30 pm.
Info: http://events.sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/localevents/event/100/6356-Fourth-of-July-Celebration

San Jose:
Monday, July 4 and Tuesday, July 5. Fireworks extravaganza following the conclusion of the San Jose Giants minor league baseball game each night at the San Jose Municipal Stadium.
Info: http://www.sjgiants.com.

San Pablo:
Monday, July 4. A full afternoon and evening of live music and performances at El Portal Soccer Field followed by the traditional fireworks show at dusk.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/4th-july-fireworks-show-san-pablo/

San Rafael:
Monday, July 4. Marin County Fair at Fairgrounds. Fireworks start at 9:30pm.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/marin-county-fair-carnival-rides-fireworks-san-rafael/

San Ramon:
Monday, July 4. Star-Spangled Spectacular at San Ramon Central Park, from 1 to 10 p.m. featuring food and beverages, kids activities and fireworks about 9:30 p.m.
Info: http://events.sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/localevents/event/100/6360-Star-Spangled-Spectacular

Santa Clara:
Saturday, July 2 & Sunday, July 3. Fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. both nights at the Great America Amusement Park.
Info: http://www.cagreatamerica.com/events/events.cfm

Santa Rosa:
Monday, July 4. Sonoma County's Red, White, and Boom at Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds open at 4pm, live music at 5pm. The fireworks begin at 9:30 pm.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/red-white-boom-santa-rosa-fireworks-celebration-2010/

Sausalito:
Monday, July 4. Parade starts at 10 a.m. and meanders through downtown Sausalito into Dunphy Park where an afternoon of live music, food and fun for the whole family awaits. Followed by evening entertainment and a fireworks display at at Gabrielson Park at 9:30 p.m.
Info: http://www.ci.sausalito.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=841

Scotts Valley:
Monday, July 4. Parade at 3pm along Scotts Valley Drive and continues with a festival in Skypark with food and games. Day ends with a fireworks show at dusk.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/july-4th-festival-food-fireworks-scotts-valley/

Sebastopol:
Sunday, July 3. Fireworks at dark at Analy High School.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/3rd-july-fireworks-extravaganza-festival-sebastopol/

Sonoma:
Monday, July 4. Festival on Sonoma Plaza all day, with fireworks display at dusk.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/4th-july-fireworks-general-vallejos-birthday-celebration-sonoma/

St. Helena:
Monday, July 4. The Louis M. Martini winery is putting on a sold-out soiree and fireworks show, but anyone in St. Helena should be able to simply look to the skies and view the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/st-helena-fireworks-show-cheapskates-2010/

Suisun City:
Monday, July 4. Celebration with live music, games, arts & crafts from 11 a.m. — 10 p.m. at Harbor Plaza. Fireworks at 9:20 p.m. on the waterfront.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/4th-july-2010-spectacular-fireworks-suisun-city/

Tiburon:
Monday, July 4. Fireworks cruise in the evening aboard the Angel Island Ferry. Bring your own picnic dinner, or buy hot drinks and snacks on board.
Info: http://www.angelislandferry.com/

Vacaville:
Monday, July 4. Concert along downtown's Main Street at 6:30 p.m. with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Info: http://www.visitvacaville.com/Events

Vallejo:
Sunday, July 3 & Monday, July 4. Watch fireworks at dusk over Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.
Info: http://events.sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/localevents/event/100/6361-Fourth-of-July-Fireworks-Celebration

Windsor:
Sunday, July 3. Fireworks at dusk at Keiser Park.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/pre4th-july-2010-fireworks-celebration-windsor/

Yountville:
Monday, July 4. Festival at Veterans Home at 12:30 p.m. with live music and kids activities. Fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.
Info: http://sf.funcheap.com/wheelchair-drill-team-performance-fireworks-yountville/