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Bay Area Celebrates July 4, 2014 With Events, Fireworks

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 COMPLETE list of Independence Day activities, including parades, concerts, barbecues, and official fireworks displays (over 100 events). These are organized alphabetically, by name of community for easy use – followed by date, time and location information.

If you know of any we somehow missed, let us know!

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*Alameda County Fair:
July 18 – July 6. This show promises to live up to its name with non-stop, razzle-dazzle fireworks set to music and a cool video tribute to Alameda County. Located in Pleasanton, the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular begins 9:45 p.m.
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*Alameda:
“Mayor’s 4th of July Parade”
Friday, July 4. Parade at 10 a.m. is one of the longest Independence Day parades in the nation with over 170 floats and 2,500 participants. No fireworks.
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*Albany:
“A Green, Red, White & Blue Celebration”
Friday, July 4. Community celebration in Memorial Park. No Fireworks.
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*Antioch:
Antioch’s 4th of July Festivities & Fireworks
Friday, July 4. Visit Celebrate Antioch for more info

*American Canyon:
Friday, July 4. “Showcasing our Community” Festival Parade from 12Noon-9:30pm with Flag Raising Ceremony, Music, Fun Games & Food in Community Park II (20 Benton Way) with Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
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*Aptos:
Friday, July 4. Parade at 10 a.m., followed by post-parade party until 4 p.m. in Aptos Village Park. No fireworks.
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*Benicia:
Wednesday, July 3. Freedom Festival Torchlight Parade along 1st Street at 6:30 p.m. No fireworks.
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Friday, July 4. Benicia’s City Park is filled with arts and crafts, food, live entertainment and children’s activities starting at noon. Fireworks start about 9 p.m. at the foot of First Street.
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*Berkeley:
Friday, 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.
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*Bodega Bay:
Saturday, July 5. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. over the bay, viewable from Westside Park.
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*Calistoga:
Friday, July 4. Parade at 11 a.m. through downtown Calistoga. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at the Napa County Fairgrounds.
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*Concord:
Friday, July 4. “4th of July – Celebrate Concord” with 5K Run @ 8am, Parade @ 10am, Festival @ 4pm and Fireworks @ 9pm.
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*Corte Madera:
Friday, July 4. Parade starts at Redwood High School at 10:30 a.m. and ends at Corte Madera Town Park for a festival until 5 p.m. No fireworks.
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*Clayton:
Annual Pancake Breakfast & Parade
Friday, July 4th. Downtown Clayton – Pancakes at Endeavor Hall 7:00 a.m. – Clayton Valley Sunrise Rotary, Adults $5.00, Children $3.00 (12 and under). Parade on Main Street 10:00 am No fireworks.
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*Cupertino:
Friday, July 4. Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m.- 11 a.m. at the Quinlan Community Center. Flag Raising at 9:30 a.m., Children’s Parade at 10 a.m. at the Softball Field in Memorial Park + more! No fireworks.
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*Danville:
Friday, July 4. Annual parade that attracts tens of thousands starts at 9 a.m. downtown. No fireworks.
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*El Cerrito:
2014 City of El Cerrito & worldOne 4th of July Festival
Thursday, July 3 & Friday, July 4. All-day music festival in Cerrito Vista Park. No fireworks.
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*Emeryville:
4th of July Party in the Park
Friday, July 4. Musical celebration at Emeryville Marina Park from 4 to 8:30 p.m. No fireworks.
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*Fairfield:
Friday, July 4. Parade along Texas Street starting at 10 a.m. No fireworks.
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*Foster City:
Fourth of July Family & Dog Parade
Friday, July 4. Decorate your wagons, bikes, and of course yourself with your best stars, stripes, and red, white, and blue for the annual 4th of July Parade. For the second year, we have included our four-legged family members to be in the parade as well! The parade starts at 11:05am from The VIBE Teen Center and heads down Shell Blvd before making a turn into Leo Ryan Park. The parade ends at the Amphitheater where the opening ceremonies begin at 11:15am. Registration is free for families and dogs. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
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*Fremont:
Friday, July 4. Parade through downtown starting at 10 a.m. No fireworks.
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*Gilroy:
Independence Day BBQ/Salute to Military Heroes
Friday, July 4. Come celebrate Independence Day and salute our military heroes at our All-You-Can-Eat BBQ served in South County Picnic Grove. No Fireworks
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*Guerneville:
Thursday, July 3 – Saturday July 5. “Music On The Plaza” from 3-7 p.m. in Downtown Guerneville. BBQ Friday , July 4 form 12noon to 6 p.m. in the Lark’s Parking Lot, DJ music all day. Fireworks in Monte Rio
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*Half Moon Bay:
Friday, July 4. In conjunction with the Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade, the HMB Lions will be hosting their annual pancake breakfast on July 4th starting at 8 a.m. Then a traditional parade is held in historic downtown Half Moon Bay on Main Street from 12Noon to 1 p.m. No fireworks.
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*Healdsburg:
Friday, July 4. Fireworks at dark at Healdsburg High School football field.
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*Hollister:
Fourth of July Kiddie Parade & Fireworks
Friday, July 4th. Kiddie parade at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. Fireworks display at dusk in field adjacent to Marguerite Maze Middle School.
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Hollister Rally
The Hollister Rally is once again coming to the streets of Downtown Hollister all 4th of July weekend, July 4 – 6. Featuring motorcycles, music, and fun for the whole family. Admission is free. No Fireworks
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*Inverness:
“4th of July Foot Races & Festivities”
Friday, July 4. This family-friendly Fourth of July event in Inverness on July 4, 2014, is supposed to include fun foot races, festivities, and more. No Fireworks
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*Kenwood:
Friday, July 4th. Parade at 10 a.m. at Plaza Park with musical entertainment to follow. No fireworks.
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*Livermore:
Friday, July 4. Family fun festival, including Fireworks from parking garage!
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*Los Gatos:
Friday, July 4th. Community celebration with food & music at their new location, Oak Meadow Park on Blossom Hill Road from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No fireworks.
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*Martinez:
Friday, July 4. Pancake Breakfast at Roxx on Main, 627 Main Street from 8 a.m.- 10 a.m. Parade in Downtown Martinez at 10 a.m. No Fireworks Get More Info

*Milpitas:
Waving the Red, White & Blue Pool Party, Concert + Red, White & Boom
Friday, July 4. Afternoon pool party at the Milpitas Sports Center Complex with music, food and games, followed by an evening concert and Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. on the Sports Center’s football field.
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*Menlo Park:
Friday, July 4. Parade at 11:45 a.m. followed by food and music in Burgess Park. No Fireworks.
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*Monte Rio:
Saturday, July 5. Night Water Carnaval at Monte Rio Public Beach, culminating in Fireworks at dark over the Russian River.
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*Moraga:
Friday, July 4. Daylong events at Moraga Commons Park include a dog parade, bike parade, old fashioned kids games, magic show, evening concert and fireworks at 9: 30 p.m.
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*Morgan Hill:
Friday, July 4. Award-winning parade in downtown at 10 am. Fireworks at dark at Morgan Hill Community Park.
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*Mountain View:
Friday, July 4. San Francisco Symphony performs at Shoreline Amphitheater at 8 p.m. with Fireworks at dark.
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*Napa:
Old Fashion 4Th Of July In Napa
Friday, July 4. Parade at 1 p.m. at Napa’s Veterans Memorial Park in Downtown Napa. No Fireworks
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“Glamping Party” at The Meritage Resort and Spa
Friday, July 4. Enjoy barbecue demonstrations, picnic games, beer & wine pairings, live Calypso band with a shuttle to Downtown Napa for fireworks. Starting at 2 p.m. Get More Info

*Novato:
Friday, July 4. Parade at 10 a.m. through the city’s Old Town district features the largest assemblage of restored military vehicles in the Bay Area. No fireworks.
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*Oakland:
Oakland Athletics vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Thursday, July 3. Fireworks after the Oakland A’s night game against the Blue Jays concludes at the Coliseum.
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“July 4th Festival of Family Fun”
Friday, July 4. Enjoy a merry mix of dazzling performers including Uncle Sam stilt walker, jugglers, magicians, hula hoopers, clowns and puppeteers. Free to attend, the July 4th Festival of Family Fun will offer tasty treats, drinks and music for all to enjoy, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. No fireworks.
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“Funky 4th of July”
Friday, July 4. Zapp performs at Yoshi’s in Oakland. ZAPP will entertain you to all end with their incredible stage show and high energy live performance. Come ready to party, dance and sing along to your favorite Zapp songs! No Fireworks
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*Oakley:
Saturday, July 6. Celebration with food and music starting at 6 p.m. at Freedom Basin Park with Fireworks at dusk.
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*Orinda:
Friday, July 4. Parade at 10 a.m. followed by a festival at Orinda Community Park. No Fireworks.
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*Pacifica:
Friday, July 4. Community celebration at Frontierland Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No fireworks.
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*Palo Alto:
“San Jose Earthquakes Fireworks Show”
Saturday, June 28. Kick off the 2014 Independence Day season with soccer and a post-game fireworks show at the San Jose Earthquakes’ match against the Los Angeles Galaxy for the California Clasico at Stanford Stadium. You’ll need to purchase a ticket to see the game, but you can watch the fireworks for free outside the stadium, if you’re near Stanford.

“33rd Annual Summer Festival and Chili Cook-off”
Friday, July 4. Summer festival and chili cook-off at Mitchell Park from noon to 5 p.m. No Fireworks.
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*Petaluma:
Friday, July 4. Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds features entertainment and food starting at 5 p.m., with Fireworks approximately 9:30 p.m..
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*Piedmont:
“2014 Fourth of July Parade”
Friday, July 4. Starting at 11 a.m. at the corner of Highland Avenue and Park Way. The Piedmont parade is unique for the appearance of several bagpipe bands in keeping with the city’s Scottish traditions, and with a rich array of dozens of antique and classic cars. No Fireworks
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*Pleasant Hill:
Friday, July 4. Celebration in Downtown and Pleasant Hill Park with parade, music, fun and games starting at 9:30 a.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m.
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*Pleasanton:
Alameda County Fair:
July 18 – July 6. This show promises to live up to its name with non-stop, razzle-dazzle fireworks set to music and a cool video tribute to Alameda County. The 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular begins 9:45 p.m.
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*Redwood City:
Friday, July 4, Parade downtown at 10 a.m., followed by an all-day festival and Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
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*Richmond:
“Oakland East Bay Symphony & Fireworks”
Thursday, July 3. Bring the whole family along for their annual patriotic celebration featuring live music by the Oakland East Bay Symphony, food for sale, and waterfront fireworks set to live music.
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*Rohnert Park:
“4th of July Fireworks Spectacular with Judy Collins”
Friday, July 4. Don’t miss Award-winning singer-songwriter Judy Collins, along with the Santa Rosa Symphony will patriotic mainstays including “America the Beautiful,” “This Land is Your Land,” and “God Bless America.” – 7:30 p.m. at Weill Hall and Lawn at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park. Post Concert Fireworks
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*Ross:
Friday, July 4. Parade at 11 a.m. followed by community picnic at Ross Common Park. No fireworks.
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*San Francisco:
Friday, July 4. Waterfront festival at Pier 39 with live music from noon until the Fireworks at 9:30 p.m..
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*San Jose:
“Rose, White and Blue Parade and Festival”
Friday, July 4. Parade at 10 a.m. followed by food and entertainment from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Alameda. No fireworks.
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“San Jose Giants vs. Stockton Ports”
Friday, July 4. Come out to the San Jose Municipal Stadium for the 4th of July celebration! The players will be wearing special Stars & Stripes jerseys and caps for the game. Plus enjoy postgame fireworks!
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“The Rotary Club of San Jose Fireworks”
Friday, July 4. This is a free, family-friendly event, and seating is on a first-come basis. The fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:30PM, after dusk.
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*San Mateo:
“4th of July Parade & Midway Games”
Friday, July 4. Parade begins 10 a.m. followed by a festival with midway games located at Highlands Recreation District on Lexington Avenue in San Mateo. The 2014 parade theme is “Highlands, the American Dream.” Fireworks
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*San Pablo:
Friday, July 4. Live music and performances at El Portal Soccer Field starting at 3:30 p.m. followed by Fireworks at dusk.
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*San Rafael:
“Marin County Fair”
July 2 through July 6. The award-winning Fair takes place at the Marin County Fairgrounds located at 10 Avenue of the Flags in San Rafael. As always, the Fair promises entertainment for all ages, innovative and exciting exhibits, fun rides, adorable farm animals, and spectacular fireworks every night.
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*San Ramon:
Friday, July 4. Musical celebration at San Ramon Central Park from 4 to 7:30 p.m. p.m. No fireworks.
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*Santa Clara:
“4th of July All-City Picnic & Fireworks Extravaganza!”
Friday, July 4. Live music and food at the Pavilion, in Central Park from 12noon – 5 p.m. The fun continues at the lawn area adjacent to the Community Recreation Center. So bring your lawn chairs and blankets for more entertainment, a variety of food booths/food trucks plus a Fireworks Extravaganza at 9:30 p.m
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“4th of July Weekend Celebration at California’s Great America!”
Friday, July 4 & Saturday, July 5. 11am – 4pm. Featuring a mini-flag giveaway, a family barbecue and patriotic fun all weekend long!Plus Fireworks Extravaganza at 9:45 p.m. on Saturday!
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*Santa Rosa:
Friday, July 4. Red, White, and Boom celebration at Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Live music begins at 4 p.m. with Fireworks at 9:30 pm.
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*Saratoga:
Friday, July 4. Parade and music are part of a morning-long community celebration at Kevin Moran Park. No fireworks.
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*Sausalito:
Friday, July 4. Parade starts at 10 a.m. through downtown Sausalito followed by a festival in Dunphy Park. Fireworks display at Gabrielson Park – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. over Richardson Bay.
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*Scotts Valley:
Friday, July 4. Parade at 3 p.m. on Scotts Valley Drive, followed by a festival in Skypark with music, food and games. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
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*Sebastopol:
Thursday, July 3. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with Fireworks at dusk at Analy High School.
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*Sonoma:
Friday, July 4. Parade at 10 a.m. followed by a festival on Sonoma Plaza all day. Music starts at 11:30 a.m. with a patriotic ceremony at 11:45 a.m. Fireworks at dusk at Third Street West and West Spain Street.
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*Suisun City:
Friday, July 4. Celebration with live entertainment and food starting at 11 a.m. in the Waterfront District and Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
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*Tiburon:
Friday, July 4. Fireworks cruise at 8:30 p.m. aboard the Angel Island Tiburon Ferry.
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*Vacaville:
Friday, July 4. Concert in Andrews Park at 6:30 p.m. with Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. viable from the CreekWalk.
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*Vallejo:
Friday, July 4. Parade at 10 a.m. through downtown. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. along the waterfront.
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*Windsor:
Thursday, July 3. Celebration at at Keiser Park with entertainment starting at 4 p.m. and Fireworks at dusk.
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*Yountville:
Friday, July 4. Festival at the Veterans Home from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with live music and food. Fireworks at dusk.
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