This Fourth of July, our communities in San Francisco, East Bay, Peninsula, Silicon Valley, Marin County and California 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 more than 20 of the region’s biggest and best.
You can start from the beginning to find your new favorite July 4th tradition or jump directly to your community using the links below.
The Golden Gate Park Band has been playing free concerts in Golden Gate Park for more than 135 years. On the Fourth of July, they’ll be celebrating with a special Thursday edition of their free concerts featuring American classics and patriotic music. Come by the Spreckels Temple of Music in Golden Gate Park then come back on Sunday for even more! To see the full schedule, click here.
The celebration at PIER 39 is an annual tradition in the city. 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.
View the city’s amazing fireworks display in the most patriotic way—aboard the SS Jeremiah O’Brien! When you purchase your ticket in advance here, you’ll get to enjoy hot dogs, popcorn, soft drinks and the best view of the waterside show.
One of the Bay Area’s favorite Fourth of July traditions, this county fair offers an entire weekend of food, competition, family fun and marketplace shopping. In 2019, the festivities will run from July 3rd through 7th with the theme “Over the Moon”. To see all the activities you can enjoy, click here, and don’t miss fireworks over the lagoon every night at 9:30 p.m.
Patriotic festivities kick off at 9 a.m. in Corte Madera Town Park before the parade even starts, but you can catch the procession beginning at 10:30 a.m. beginning at Redwood High School. Then, come back to Corte Madera Town Center for carnival food, live entertainment, carnival games, bounce houses, arts and crafts and more until 5 p.m.
This three-part event begins with a parade of floats, bands, classic cars, local officials and organizations at 10 a.m. Then, the fun continues with a picnic at Robin Sweeny Park, complete with food and entertainment, the famous egg toss, live music and dancing. And the evening concludes with Sausalito’s legendary fireworks display accompanied by more live music and entertainment in Gabrielson Park. For full details, click here.
Kicking off at 10 a.m., the Novato parade boasts more than 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 bands, fancy cowgirls on golden palominos and even decorated basset hounds. You can see it all on Grant Avenue in Novato!
The Alameda County Fair is set for June 14th through July 7th so it’s the perfect place to celebrate Independence Day! Daily attractions include Carnival Midway, racing pigs, food eating contests and more. On July 4th, the fair will close down early, so there won’t be a fireworks show, but you can still catch it nearly every other night during the fair. For all the details, click here.
This Pleasant Hill tradition has been going strong for more than 40 years! In 2019, the day begins with a 5K race and a kids’ 100-yard dash at 7:50 a.m. Then, the parade begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. and is followed by Park Family Day! Stick around until 9:10 p.m. for the fireworks display and even more live music.
The City of Alameda’s Independence Day traditions include a grand parade, a festive 5K and the beloved Coast Guard Festival, which celebrates the United States Coast Guard. You can join in the festival fun at Pier 3 next to the USS Hornet Museum to eat local food truck fare, enjoy kids’ activities and more. To register for the Alameda Mayor’s July 4th Parade R.A.C.E., click here.
The annual Fremont parade brings in over 60,000 spectators each year and, in 2019, they’re celebrating their 21st anniversary! You can learn more about this year’s National Anthem singer, the Parade Grand Marshall, the judges, and see the parade route on their website here.
Jack London Square brings Fourth of July festivities to Oakland’s waterfront. Complete with live music and entertainment, a beer and cider garden, tasty backyard BBQ, local shopping and a kids zone, the block party brings in more than 10,000 people every year!
4th of July at the Berkeley Marina | Berkeley
July 4, 12 – 10 p.m.
One of the region’s biggest Fourth of July parties is hosted at Berkeley Marina every year. You can 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. For more information, click here.
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 the many vendors on the hangar and flight decks. Buy your tickets in advance here and children under 6 are admitted for free!
Join the City of Foster City and the Lions Club of Foster City for this all-day event on Independence Day at Leo Ryan Park! You and your family can enjoy games, food, entertainment, a dog parade and a grand fireworks display.
Each year, Redwood City celebrates the Fourth of July with the largest Independence Day parade in Northern California. Following the parade, you can enjoy the all-day festival, see Battle of the Bands, peruse arts and crafts booths, meet the clown and get your faces painted, see art at Chalk Full of Fun on the Square, and watch the fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m.
A tradition for almost half a century, Half Moon Bay’s beloved Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade takes over Main Street every year. Festivities begin with the 4th of July Pancake Breakfast in the City Hall parking lot from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. when the parade begins. The home-spun parade features floats and demonstrations of all kinds and is followed by the Red, White and Blue Community BBQ complete with a beer tent, a kids’ zone, face painting, a petting zoo and live music.
This festive parade invites everyone to join in! Decorate your bike, tricycle, or wagon and join the procession down Santa Cruz Avenue from Downtown Menlo Park to Burgess Park. At the park, attractions include live music, bounce houses, rock walls, face painting, crafts, games and food. For all the details, click here.
Palo Alto celebrates July 4th each year with one of the most patriotic foods—chili! Their 38th annual event kicks off at noon on Thursday in Mitchell Park where you can enjoy chili tastings, other local food vendors, free kids activities, arts and crafts, live music and more.
Led by conductor Edwin Outwater, the San Francisco Symphony will fill Mountain View’s Shoreline Amphitheater on the night of July 4th for a patriotic show of epic proportions. Buy tickets in advance here to experience an awe-inspiring, firework-filled evening!
Rotary Club of San Jose celebrates Independence Day every year with a professional firework display at Discovery Meadow in Downtown San Jose. The fun begins at 5 p.m. with live entertainment and continues throughout the evening until the fireworks take to the sky at 10 p.m. For the full schedule, click here.
Hosted by the Sonoma Volunteer Firefighters Association, this annual celebration begins with mimosas at 8 a.m., continues with the parade at 10 a.m., and carries on all day with live music from local bands. Stick around until dusk for the SVFA Fireworks Presentation at General Vallejo Field!
Calistoga’s annual Independence Day celebration is complete with a parade, carnival attractions, food, games, a golf ball drop and fireworks at the Napa County Fairgrounds! Celebrate red, white and blue with our community this year and bring the whole family down for patriotic fun.