Friday, June 22, 2012
Burgess Park, Menlo Park
4th of July Parade and Celebration - The parade starts at 11:45am on Santa Cruz avenue and heads to Burgess Park. Enjoy music, carnival games, food and more! Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 11:30am - 2:30pm. Burgess Park, 701 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025. (650) 330-2200.
Frontierland Park, Pacifica
4th of July Celebration at Frontierland Park - Crafts, games, music and more! Rocket Run 5-Mile Run precedes event at Pacifica Community Center. Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 11am - 4pm. FrontierLand Park, Pacifica, CA 94044. (650) 738-7381.
Leo Ryan Park
Foster City Fourth of July Celebration - Fireworks at 9:30pm, parade, games, musical entertainment, food, dog show, and more. Wednesday, July 4, 2012 10am - 9:45pm. Leo J. Ryan Park, 650 Shell Boulevard, Foster City, CA 94404. (650) 286-3380.
Mitchell Park, Palo Alto
31st Annual Summer Festival & Chili Cook-off - 20 teams of chefs battle for the chlli championship, live music, line dancing, children's activities, jumpy houses and food vendors. Free admission. Wednesday, July 4, 2012 12pm - 5pm (Chili tasting starts at 1:30pm). Mitchell Park, 600 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, CA. (650) 463-4921.
Family 4th: "Salute to Agriculture" - A Fourth of July fireworks show is returning to the Port of Redwood City this year for the first time since 2009. Parade, food, arts, crafts, entertainment, bands and kids area. Parade starts at 10am, Festival starts at 9am. Wednesday, July 4th, 2012. 9am - 5pm. Starting at about 9:15 p.m., the fireworks will be visible from downtown Redwood City. The port will provide a public viewing area along its waterfront off of Seaport Court. Main St & Marshall St., Redwood City, CA 94063. (650) 365-1825.
Annual Boulder Creek 4th of July Parade - Parade starts at 10am. Wednesday, July 4, 2012 Scarborough Lumber and Railroad Ave, CA.
Roaring Camp Railroads
4th of July Celebration - Sock Hop and 50's family 4th of July. Hula Hoop contests, games, live music and all-American barbecue. Wednesday, July 4, 2012. 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, California 95018. (831) 335-4484.
Skypark in Scotts Valley
4th of July Fireworks Celebration - Fireworks scheduled to begin at 9:15pm. Celebration opens at 3pm with a parade along Scotts Valley Drive. Food, live music and bounce houses and food follow at Skypark. Wednesday, July 4, 2012 3pm - 10pm. 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. (831) 438-3251.
Wilder Ranch State Park
Old-fashioned Independence Day at Wilder Ranch - participate in a 1911-style Independence Day celebration including parade at noon, games, crafts, live big-band music, living history demonstrations, historic speeches and flag-raising. Bring a picnic lunch or food/drink also for sale. Wednesday, July 4, 2012. 11am - 4pm. Hwy. 1, 10 miles north of Santa Cruz. (831) 426-0505.
Fourth of July Dinner Dance & Fireworks Cruise in San Francisco - Four-course seated dinner, open premium bar, fireworks, live bands and dancing, 6:30pm - 11pm. Wednesday, July 4th , 2012. 1(800)-410-8233.
Blue and Gold Fleet
Fourthof July Fireworks Cruise - Music, fireworks, drinks and snacks. Watch San Francisco fireworks from the bay. Sailings begin Wednesday, July 4, 2012 from Pier 41, San Francisco, CA at 8pm (415) 705-8200.
Fillmore Jazz Festival - Free live jazz music, arts and crafts, gourmet food. Saturday July 7 and Sunday July 8, 2012 10am - 6pm RAIN OR SHINE. Fillmore St. between Jackson & Eddy, San Francisco, CA. (415) 456-6436.
Hornblower 4th of July cruise
4th of July Premier Dinner Dance Cruise - Watch San Francisco fireworks from the bay. 4-hour cruise, dinner, cocktails, music, views, fireworks and more. Departs Wednesday, July 4, 2012 from Pier 3, San Francisco, CA at 7pm. 1 (888) 467-6256
Fourth of July Celebration at PIER 39 - PIER 39 celebrates Independence Day with fun for the whole family -- dancing, live entertainment, and fireworks. Fireworks display starts at approximately 9:30pm. Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 12pm - 9:30pm. Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133. (415) 705-5500.
San Francisco Symphony - The San Francisco Symphony performs with Music Director and Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas in a rare summer appearance! The program features the iconic sounds of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with members of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Sunday, July 8, 2012, 2pm. 19th Ave. & Sloat, San Francisco. (415) 252-6252.
Alameda Mayor's Fourth of July Parade - 2nd longest parade in the nation starts at Lincoln Ave. and Park St., Alameda, CA. Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Race starts at 9:45am, parade starts at 10am and Jumpin' & Jivin' Jubilee begins at 12pm. (510) 633-9550.
Antioch July 4th, 2012 Celebration - Parade at 7pm and fireworks at 9:30pm at the historic waterfront Rivertown District. Live music, kids zone, car show and food. Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Antioch, CA 94509.
4th of July at Berkeley Marina - Fireworks starts at 9:30pm. Live entertainment all day, face painting, arts & crafts, Adventure Playground, dragon boat rowing, and food. Wednesday, July 4, 2012. 12pm - 10pm. 201 University Ave. Berkeley, CA 94710. (510) 548-5335.
Happy Independence Day on the Cabernet! - Gourmet buffet dinner, dancing, bar, and fireworks aboard luxury yacht. Wednesday, July 4, 2012. 6 p.m. 11 p.m. Boarding at 6 p.m. 2394 Mariners Square Dr. Alameda, CA 94501. (510) 337-9000.
Target Independence Day Celebration - Live music, food and fireworks! Gates open at 5pm, live music begins at 6:30pm, and the Oakland East Bay Symphony starts performance at 8pm. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs. Tuesday, July 3, 2012. 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond, CA 94804.
Irvington District of Fremont
Fremont 4th of July Parade - Floats, marching bands, balloons, equestrian units and some surprise out-of-town entries at the historic Irvington District. Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Parade starts 10am at Mission Blvd. & Pine St. Fremont.
Jack London Square
July 4th Family Fun Festival - Family fun, activities for kids, live music, festival food and entertainment at Jack London Square. Wednesday, July 4, 2012. 11am - 4pm. Broadway & 1st St. Oakland, CA 94607. (510) 627-1670.
USS Hornet Museum
Fourth of July Party - View of surrounding fireworks displays begins around 9:15pm with patriotic music (weather permitting). NOTE: USS Hornet does not host the fireworks show. Throughout the day, live music and entertainment featuring The Cocktail Monkeys. Carnival Games, Flight Simulator, Jump House, Interactive Games, ship exploration, food and beverages. Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 1pm - 9pm. 707 W. Hornet Ave, Alameda, CA 94501. (510) 521-8448 x282.
July 4th Fireworks On San Francisco Bay - Champagne, dessert, tea, coffee and fireworks aboard Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "Floating White House." Wednesday, July 4, 2012. 7:30 p.m. 10:30 p.m. Yacht docks at Clay St., Jack London Square, Oakland, CA. (510) 627-1215.
California's Great America
Saturday Night Fireworks - note: NO FIREWORKS ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 4TH, 2012 Fireworks on Saturday, July 7, 2012. Great America hosts fireworks show every Saturday during July and August 2012. Park open 10am - 10pm with Planet Snoopy, rides, rollercoasters, live shows and many dining options. 4701 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054. (408) 986-5866.
City of Gilroy's Annual Fireworks! - Fireworks start at approximately 9:15pm. Wednesday, July 4, 2012. 750 West 10th Street, Gilroy, CA 95020. (408) 846-0419.
Independence Day Weekend BBQ - All-You-Can-Eat BBQ includes: Tangy BBQ Chicken, All Beef Hot Dogs, Potato Salad, Western Style Chili Beans, Garden Salad, Dinner Rolls, Fresh Cut Watermelon, Ice Cream Novelties and Cola-Cola Soft Drinks. June 30 - July 4, 2012. 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy, CA 95020.
Milpitas Sports Center
Red, White & Boom! - Water fun at the Milpitas Sports Center pools, an evening of music, and fireworks. Pool party 1pm - 4pm , concert gates open at 6pm and fireworks begin at approximately 9:30pm. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the celebration! Wednesday, July 4, 2012. 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd. (408) 586-3210.
San Jose Municipal Stadium
San Jose Giants Fireworks Extravaganzas - Get tickets for Wednesday, July 4, 2012 or Thursday July 5, 2012. Postgame Fireworks Extravaganzas on both nights. 588 East Alma Avenue, San Jose, CA. (408) 297-1435 ext. 15.
San Jose, The Alameda Avenue
Rose, White, and Blue Parade - Parade through Rose Garden neighborhood. Live music, arts & crafts booth, Antique & Classic Car Show and Picnic on the Alameda. Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Parade starts 10am at W. San Carlos and Shasta Ave. Festival located at The Alameda between Hanchett and Hester Ave. (408) 436-8581.
4th of July Fireworks Spectacular with the San Francisco Symphony - Gold medal music, sonic gymnastics, and fireworks accompanied by the Orchestra.