This year for the Fourth of July, our communities in San Francisco, East Bay, Peninsula, Silicon Valley, Marin County and Wine Country are celebrating with countless patriotic events — fireworks included! Whether you’re looking for a parade in your hometown or you want to experience a huge annual fair in another community, there’s something on our list for every family, every age and every interest. We rounded up 25 of the region’s best so you can make the most of your holiday.
Peruse our guide to find out where you can find the Bay Area’s one-of-a-kind experiences, free family-friendly festivals, and unforgettable parades. Enjoy!
July 4, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. | Pier 39
Pier 39’s annual Celebration at the Pier is the place to be on the Fourth of July. With the perfect vantage point to watch the city’s fireworks display at 9:30 p.m., you can also enjoy live entertainment on the Entrance Plaza Stage and all the attractions of the family-friendly pier throughout the day.
July 4, various times | Various locations
Hornblower has four options for patriotic cruises leaving from San Francisco. There’s a daytime Beer and Lunch Cruise from 12 – 2 p.m. You can also embark on the Premier Fireworks Dinner Cruise for a four-hour adventure and dinner, the Fireworks Buffet Dinner Cruise, or opt for the Fireworks Buffet Dinner Cruise on the San Francisco Belle.
If you want to leave from Berkeley, check out Hornblower’s Berkeley 4th of July Fireworks Cruises which includes the 4th of July Fireworks Cocktail Cruise.
July 4, 1 p.m. | Spreckels Temple of Music
The Golden Gate Park Band has been playing free concerts in Golden Gate Park for 136 years. On the fourth of July, they’ll be celebrating with another free concert of American classics and patriotic music.
July 4, 6 – 8 p.m. | Union Square
Union Square Live regularly hosts free, family-friendly concerts. This fourth of July, they’re bringing a classic country and honky tonk show with tunes provided by Tom Armstrong and the Branded Men.
July 4, 7 – 10 p.m. | Pier 45
View the city’s amazing fireworks display in the most patriotic way — aboard the Liberty Ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien! Your ticket includes hot dogs, popcorn, soft drinks and the best view of the waterside show.
July 4, 7:45 p.m. | Pier 43
The Red and White Fleet is celebrating with a brief cruise along San Francisco’s illuminated skyline in the early evening. After taking in views of Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance, they’ll position near the location of the fireworks to ensure the best possible views for all guests aboard! The ticket price includes drinks and food from the hosted bar and snack buffet.
July 4, 8 p.m. | Various locations
Make memories with the whole family this Independence Day aboard Blue & Gold Fleet 4th of July Cruise. After a quick sail around the San Francisco Bay with views of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Alcatraz Island and the city skyline, you’ll settle into front row seats for the city’s fireworks show beginning at 9:30 p.m.
June 15 – July 8, various times | Alameda County Fairgrounds
The Alameda County Fair is set for June 15 – July 8 so it’s the perfect place to celebrate the Fourth of July! In addition to horse racing, the Great American Petting Zoo, racing pigs and food eating contests daily, you can also enjoy the Red, White & Brew Craft Beer Fest on June 23, carnival games and rides every day and a special video and fireworks presentation every night following the Big O Tires Concert Series show at the amphitheater.
July 4, 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 – 10 p.m. | Various locations
The 42nd annual Pleasant Hill 4th of July celebration kicks off with a 100-yard dash for kids 7 and under followed by the Firecracker 5K Fun Run. Then, enjoy the annual parade and walk over to the Party in the Park at Pleasant Hill Park with food, lots of free games, and live music from The Indecision Band. Later in the day, you’re invited to head to the fireworks venue at College Park High School. Food will be available and local band The Ripplers will be playing before fireworks light up the sky! For full information, check out the website.
July 4, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Downtown Alameda
Join the City of Alameda for the Mayor’s annual Fourth of July parade this year! Dress in your patriotic best, grab a seat along the route and celebrate the city’s most creative floats. Throughout the day, you can also enjoy special events like the R.A.C.E. 5k and The Coast Guard Festival.
July 4, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Fremont Main Library
The annual Fremont parade brings in over 60,000 spectators each year and, this year, they’re celebrating their 20th anniversary! Learn more about the 2018 National Anthem singer, the Parade Grand Marshall, the judges, and see the parade route on their website here.
July 4, 12 – 10 p.m. | Berkeley Marina
One of the region’s biggest Fourth of July parties is hosted at Berkeley Marina every year. Dance to live music from noon until 9:30 p.m., grab dinner from a local food truck or vendor, meet an animal at the petting zoo, slide down giant slides, get your face painted, or splash in the water at the beach. There’s plenty to enjoy!
July 4, 2 – 10 p.m. | USS Hornet Museum
The annual celebration of the USS Hornet comes complete with live music, food, classic cars and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Admission includes access to the ship and all festivities onboard, but food and drink are available for purchase from one of many vendors on the hangar and flight decks. Buy your tickets in advance here and children under 6 are admitted for free!
July 4, 9 a.m. – 9:45 p.m. | Leo Ryan Park
Join the City of Foster City and the Lions Club of Foster City for an exciting 12-hour event on Independence Day at Leo Ryan Park! You and your family won’t want to miss the games, food, entertainment, dog parade and fireworks.
July 4, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Downtown Redwood City
Redwood City is celebrating Fourth of July with the largest Independence Day parade in Northern California. Following the parade, you can enjoy the annual festival all day, see Battle of the Bands, peruse arts and crafts booths, meet the clown and get your faces painted, dance to music in front of the Kid’s Stage on Broadway, and watch the fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m.
July 4, 12 – 3 p.m. | Main Street
Starting at noon, Half Moon Bay’s beloved Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade takes over Main Street, transforming the charming downtown into a mini-Mardi Gras celebration. Don’t miss the 4th of July Pancake Breakfast in the City Hall parking lot hosted by The Half Moon Bay Lions Club! Then, following the parade, there will be a Red, White and Blue Community BBQ, a libations tent selling wine, beer and mimosas, and the classic rock sounds of FaultLine.
July 4, 11:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Burgess Park
July Fourth festivities kick off with the people’s parade at 11:45 a.m. in the Well Fargo parking lot on Santa Cruz Avenue and Chestnut Street. Families and children are encouraged to decorate their bike or wagon to participate in the event! When that parade ends at Burgess Park, the celebration continues with inflatable jump houses, giant slides, games, crafts, face painting, rock walls and more.
July 4, 12 – 5 p.m. | Mitchell Park
Palo Alto celebrates July 4th each year with one of the most patriotic foods — chili! Their 37th annual event kicks off at noon on Wednesday in Mitchell Park and you can enjoy chili tastings, other local food vendors, free kids activities, arts and crafts, live music and more.
July 4, 8 p.m. | Shoreline Amphitheatre
Led by conductor Edwin Outwater, the San Francisco Symphony will fill Mountain View’s Shoreline Amphitheater on the night of July 4th. Buy tickets in advance to experience an awe-inspiring, firework-filled evening!
June 30 – July 4, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. | 10 Ave of the Flags
Host to one of the Bay Area’s favorite fourth of July events, this county fair is an entire weekend of food, competition, family fun and marketplace shopping. In 2018, the festivities will run from June 30 through July 4 with the theme “All for one, fun for all”. To see all the activities you can enjoy, check out the website and don’t miss fireworks over the lagoon every night at 9:30 p.m.
July 4, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Corte Madera Town Park
Patriotic festivities kick off at 9 a.m. before the parade takes to the streets of Corte Madera and they continue until 5 p.m. You’ll find carnival food from local vendors, live entertainment on the Main Stage, carnival games, bounce houses, and plenty of arts and crafts!
July 4, 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Downtown Sausalito
This three-part event held on July 4 begins with a parade of floats, bands, classic cars, local officials and organizations. The fun continues with a picnic at Dunphy Park complete with food and entertainment, tug of war, an egg toss, live music and dancing. Then, the evening concludes with Sausalito’s legendary fireworks display accompanied by more live music and entertainment.
July 4, 10 a.m. | Grant Ave. between Reichert and 7th Street
Kicking off at 10 a.m., the Novato parade boasts over 100 entries and is one of the largest in the Bay Area. Famous for its contingent of vintage military vehicles from the Joe Garbarino World War II Military Vehicle Museum, you can also see classic cars and color guards, festive floats and music bands, fancy cowgirls on golden palominos and decorated basset hounds.
July 4, 10 a.m. – July 5, 12 a.m. | Sonoma Plaza
This Sonoma Parade hosted by Sonoma Volunteer Firefighters begins at 10 a.m. and winds through the town’s historic Plaza. After the parade, enjoy an old-fashioned festival with food, drink and game booths hosted by Sonoma’s charitable organizations — and all proceeds benefit the nonprofit community. The 4th of July festival concludes around 5 p.m. but the fun continues in General Vallejo Field with a spectacular fireworks show, games, food trucks, beer and wine, live entertainment and more.
July 4, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. | Napa County Fairgrounds
Calistoga’s annual Independence Day celebration is complete with a parade, carnival attractions, food, games, a golf ball drop and, of course, fireworks! Celebrate red, white and blue with our community this year and bring the whole family down for patriotic fun.
Happy Fourth of July!