4th of July: Bay Area Fireworks, Parades, Festivals, and More

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Red, white and boom!

The skies will light up all over the Bay Area Friday night and we’ll be there to cover it! Tune in to KRON 4 tonight at 9 p.m. for our big July 4th LIVE special.

We’re bringing the biggest and best fireworks shows from all over the Bay Area. No sparklers here (although we love sparklers). It all starts Friday night at 9 p.m.

READ: List of cities where you can use safe and sane fireworks

If you’re looking for something to do before the firework shows, we’ve listed several Independence Day celebrations featuring festivals, parades, cook offs and more! Check out the list below…


SAN MATEO — San Mateo 3rd of July Highlands Fireworks Show
Thursday, July 3, 2014, 9:30 PM

The annual Highlands fireworks show takes place July 3, 2014 overlooking Crystal Springs Reservoir.

The event which takes place at Highlands Elementary School is free, but donations are appreciated. Fireworks begin approximately 9:30 pm.

In 2013, the viewing area was in the upper grade play area and the grasssy area of the school. The only entrances open were on the Bunker Hill Drive side of the school. We expect this to be similar for 2014.

Highlands Elementary School
Lexington Ave
Highlands-Baywood Park, CA



SAN FRANCISCO — Fourth of July Celebration
Friday, July 4, 2014, 10:00 AM

PIER 39 celebrates Independence Day with an afternoon line-up with live entertainment including local bands. Then look to the sky as The City of San Francisco presents a spectacular fireworks display over San Francisco Bay.

Pier 39
Beach St and The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94119
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LIVERMORE — 4th Of July Family Fun Fireworks Celebration
Friday, July 4, 2014, 6 PM – 10 PM

The fireworks show will begin at 9:30 PM and last about twenty minutes. Community members wishing to view the fireworks display are encouraged to congregate on the closed roadways of Railroad Ave. between South “I” St and South “L” St, and on Maple St. between Railroad Ave. and Second St. These should be the prime viewing locations. Community members can bring chairs and blankets and set them up on the closed roadways. The fireworks display will not be a high aerial show; instead it will be concentrated low level fireworks that will provide a spectacular show for those in the prime viewing locations.

This will be the first year of having a fireworks show in downtown Livermore.




PLEASANTON — Alameda County Fair – Concert & Fireworks Spectacular!
Friday, July 4, 2014, 1:00 PM

Pack up the entire family and bring them to the Alameda County Fair! Before the fireworks, sit back, relax and enjoy Big O Tires’ FREE Concert Series Blues Festival (1pm-9pm)! Listen to top-name acts, performing live in the Safeway Amphitheater. Overflow seating provided at the Concert Lawn with live-feed Jumbotron screen.

Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Avenue
Pleasanton, CA 94566
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ORINDA — Orinda July 4th Parade and Celebration
Friday, July 4, 2014, 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Pancake breakfast at 7:30 am at Orinda Community Center (26 Orinda Way), parade at 10 am starting by Orinda Theatre, park activities at 11:30 am in Orinda Community Center. http://www.orindaassociation.org for more info. Lots of bands in parade and in park following parade. Lots of kids’ activities plus food and beverages.

Orinda Public Library
26 Orinda Way
Orinda, CA
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PALO ALTO — 33rd Annual Summer Festival and Chili Cook Off
Friday, July 4, 2014, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Celebrate 4th of July with family and friends at the 33rd Annual Chili Cook Off. Teams recruited from restaurants, work and group affiliations as well as police and fire departments battle for the Best Chili Award! Live music, kids activities and a variety of great food make for a wonderful 4th of July celebration. Activities start at noon, tastings at 1:30pm. Offsite parking available at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, two blocks away. A shuttle van will be available between 12 – 5pm.

Park – Mitchell (PMITCH)
600 East Meadow Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94303
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SAN FRANCISCO — IndepenDANCE Family Fireworks Cruise Aboard San Francisco Spirit
Friday, July 4, 2014, 7:30 PM

Presented by July4thCruises.com, this cruise will give you a chance to take in the biggest and best Independence Day Fireworks show on the west coast. It’s family friendly, includes an open bar for the adults, a live DJ for all to enjoy, and most importantly, a delicious full dinner buffet for all attendees and their families. Forget whatever plans you thought you had – this is the event for you.

Hornblower Cruises – Pier 3
Pier 3
San Francisco, CA
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NAPA — Napa County Fair & Fireworks / 4th of July Parade
Friday, July 4, 2014, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Napa County Fair & Fireworks 4th of July Parade – Napa County Fair Association – Fri Jul 4 at 11:00AM Northern California’s oldest running 4th of July Parade! Our patriotic parade exemplifies the enthusiasm of Napa Valley’s community as, together, we celebrate our nation’s birthday and our unique culture. Be sure to wear your red, white, and blue, wave your American flag, and bring along your family and friends to show support for your community and our great nation.

End your 4th of July celebration with the Fireworks Spectacular! Sit in the infield under the stars and enjoy a magical show!

Downtown Calistoga
Lincoln Avenue
Calistoga, CA 94515
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MOUNTAIN VIEW — 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular With the San Francisco Symphony
Friday, July 4, 2014, 8:00 PM

With Maestro Edwin Outwater taking up the conductor’s baton and Eden Espinosa providing powerful vocals, the orchestra presents a program of music on the theme of America. You’ll hear Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, music from Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Star Wars, Superman and Pocahontas, a salute to American heroes and more.

Shoreline Amphitheatre
One Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
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Friday, July 4, 2014, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The 4th of July is a great day to have a lot of fun. The biggest party is at the Berkeley Marina from noon-10PM with all kinds of free fun! Adventure Playground, always a favorite, where children can build with hammers, nails, saws, paint and parental supervision, is open until 8PM. Get your face painted, try the giant slide, or splash in the water at the beach!

There’s yummy food trucks and booths, handmade crafts, free dragon boat rowing from 12-5PM, massages, live pony rides and carnival rides near Skates, an inflatable bouncy area, mini-train rides, giant slides, and water bubble ball rides all culminating in the grand fireworks over the water from the end of the Berkeley Pier at 9:35PM which are presented by the City of Berkeley.

Berkeley Marina
201 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA

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OAKLAND — July 4th Festival of Family Fun at Jack London Square
Friday, July 4, 2014, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Celebrate Independence Day at Jack London Square’s annual July 4th Festival of Family Fun! Everyone is invited to the festivities that will fill the Oakland waterfront with a merry mix of dazzling performers including Uncle Sam stilt walker, jugglers, magicians, hula hoopers, clowns and puppeteers.

Jack London Square (Oakland, CA)
220 Fourth Street
Oakland, CA 94607
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MILPITAS — City of Milpitas July 4th Celebration
Friday, July 4, 2014, 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM

On July 4th the City of Milpitas will have its annual Independence Day Celebration! Come enjoy music, food, and fun at the “Waving the Red, White & Blue” Pool Party from 1-4 pm ($2 Admission), then rock out at the “Red White & Boom” Concert and Fireworks Show featuring Pacific Soul from 7-10 pm ($3 Admission). Grab some grub at the new food trucks by Food Truck Mafia. Gates open at 6 pm, space is limited. Tickets are available for purchase at the Milpitas Community Center and Sports Center.

Milpitas Sports Center
1325 E. Calaveras Blvd.
Milpitas, CA
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SANTA ROSA — Santa Rosa Red, White & Boom!
Friday, July 4, 2014, 3:30 PM – 10:00 PM

More than just a fireworks show – come join us for an afternoon and evening of food, live music, kid’s activities, and fun for the the whole family!
Checkout the fantastic lineup of local bands and enjoy great food from the many local vendors who will be serving up their specialties. For the kids, we’ll have watermelon eating contest, jumpy houses, face painters, clowns and more.

Sonoma County Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
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NAPA — Independence Day Aboard the Wine Train
Friday, July 4, 2014, 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

See fireworks as you never have before… from a train. The Napa Valley Wine Train’s Fourth of July Train is an extremely popular and fun way to experience the founding of our great Nation. First, indulge in an elegant gourmet meal. Then relax as we pull into our front row seat and stop for the fireworks celebration.

No rushing, no traffic, and no mosquitoes. The Fourth of July Wine Train sells out fast, so reserve your space today!

Napa Valley Wine Train
1275 McKinstry
Napa, CA 94559
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DANVILLE — 4th of July Parade in Downtown Danville
Friday, July 4, 2014, 09:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Kick off Independence Day at Danville’s 4th of July Parade. This festive, hometown event attracts over 40,000 attendees each year including local residents, family, friends and flag-wavers from the Bay Area and beyond.

Downtown Danville
400 Hartz Ave.
Danville, CA 94526
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MORGAN HILL — Family Night at the Aquatics Center
Friday, July 4, 2014, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Enjoy cooling off at the pool on the 4th of July!   Come by after the parade is over and before the fireworks begin.  Then at dark enjoy the fireworks show from the Aquatics Center!  There will be food available, games, music, raffles and parking for those who come early.  Support a good cause AND have fun!

16200 Condit Road, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
16200 Condit Road
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
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SAN JOSE — Bacon Festival of America (July 4th & 5th)

Friday, July 4, 2014, 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
FIREWORKS: YES (Viewing Area)

This year, MVBL Feast will be celebrating our Independence Day TWICE with the San Jose Bacon Festival of America. Returning after last year’s inaugural Bacon Festival — we have revamped and rebooted the festival — now with an exclusive fireworks viewing area on the 4th!

Caesar Chavez Park
South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
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REDWOOD CITY — 4th of July Downtown Parade, Festival & Fireworks at the Port!
Friday, July 4, 2014, 7:30 AM – 9:30 PM

This treasured event brings thousands of excited spectators to enjoy an incredible array of parade floats and numerous family festivities. The parade and festival are an integral part of the renaissance of Redwood City’s Downtown, which is now considered the “Entertainment Capital of the Peninsula” with its many restaurants, shops, and theaters. After the parade and festival, spectators can enjoy a spectacular 4th of July fireworks show launched from the Port of Redwood City.

LOCATION: http://www.redwoodcity.org/events/location.html | MORE INFO http://www.redwoodcity.org/events/july4.html



SAN JOSE — Giants Fireworks, Rose, White & Blue Parade Parade
Friday, July 4 & Saturday, July 5, 2014

Rose, White & Blue Parade and festival: 10 a.m. start at Lincoln High School parking lot on Dana Avenue and winds through the Rose Garden neighborhood, ends on The Alameda near Pershing Avenue. Festival follows with live music, food, classic cars, arts and crafts.

Rotary Club Fireworks begin at sunset.  http://rotaryfireworks.org/

San Jose Giants Fireworks: The single-A ballclub of the San Francisco Giants will host the Stockton Ports July 4-5. Fireworks begin following the conclusion of each game. Game time is 6:30 p.m. Municipal Stadium, 588 East Alma Ave. 408-297-1435, http://sjgiants.com.



SANTA CLARA — 4th of July All-City Picnic & Fireworks Extravaganza!
Friday, July 4, 2014, Noon-9:30 p.m.

Enjoy live entertainment at the Pavilion, in Central Park. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase All-American foods prepared by local community groups. Sit back, relax and enjoy live entertainment inside the Pavilion. Kids can have fun with carnival games, face painting, and swimming at the International Swim Center.

An opening ceremony includes a welcome from the Mayor and a flag dedication by Veterans Post 419 Honor Guard. Throughout the afternoon, get up and dance to live music from bands performing cover tunes.

Parking is limited, so walking, biking, and/or carpooling is encouraged. For your convenience, free bike watch service will be available, until 5:00 pm.

Central Park



PLEASANT HILL — ‘Hats Off to America’
Friday, July 4, 2014, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Here is where it gets even more enjoyable and exciting. Immediately after the parade the fun begins at Pleasant Hill Park. Games, food, live musical entertainment, early morning ‘Firecracker 5K Fun Run,’ contests, educational displays, and many events to keep kids and grown-ups entertained for hours.

And this is fireworks with a capital ‘F’. The Pleasant Hill fireworks show is a dazzling spectacular that brings ’em back for more every year.This show continues to grow in both size and popularity, and is becoming the biggest crowd-pleaser in the county. Don’t miss it – because on July 5 all your neighbors will be talking about it.

The July 4th events are brought to you by the PLEASANT HILL FOURTH OF JULY COMMISSION, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to presenting a full day of activities to help residents of Pleasant Hill celebrate America’s independence, its birthday, and its grandest holiday. This year the Commission is pleased to present the community with another July 4th to remember.

Pleasant Hill Park



MENLO PARK — 4th of July Parade and Celebration
Friday, July 4, 2014, 11:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This is the annual parade and celebration you have heard so much about. Decorate you bike, tricycle, wagon, golf cart, or float and parade with us down Santa Cruz Avenue from the parking lot on Chestnut Street at Santa Cruz Avenue (behind Wells Fargo bank) to Burgess Park. Once at Burgess Park, you and your family will enjoy music, games, and food. Menlo Park is your small town oasis in the Bay Area!

From Noon to 2:30 pm in Burgess Park (Alma & Burgess Ave) and is the end point for the parade. Activities include: carnival games, jump houses, rock walls, crafts, face painting, laser tag, food, & more!

PARADE: Chesnut St / Santa Cruz Ave to Burgess Park
MORE INFO: http://www.menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/4383



ANTIOCH — Celebrate Antioch 4th of July 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

This year the 4th of July event will start with the parade at 11 am starting at the dirt lot at 3rd and A streets, proceeding down 2nd street to I street, around City Hall to 3rd street and back to the dirt lot.
 Festivities at the Contra Costa Fairgrounds begin at 11 am.

Spectacular Fireworks Display starting at approximately 9:15 pm.

Where: Parade, downtown 2nd street, 11 am – 1 pm
Other festivities: Contra Costa Fairgrounds, 10 & L streets, 11 am – 10 pm



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