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Bay Area Celebrates July 4 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 full 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.

*Alameda:
Thursday, July 4. Parade at 10 a.m. is one of the longest in the nation. No fireworks.
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*Albany:
Thursday, July 4. Community celebration in Memorial Park from noon to 4 p.m. No Fireworks.
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*Antioch:
Thursday, July 4. Parade at 7 p.m. in downtown followed by Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. on the river.
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*American Canyon:
Thursday, July 4. Parade at 10:30 a.m. followed by an all-day festival in Community Park with Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
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*Aptos:
Thursday, 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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Thursday, 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:
Thursday, 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:
Friday, July 5. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. over the bay, viewable from Westside Park.
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*Calistoga:
Thursday, 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:
Tuesday, July 2 through Thursday, July 4. ‘The Flag’ variety show and fireworks starts at 4 p.m. each day at Dave Brubeck Memorial Park.
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Thursday, July 4. Parade and Jubilee in Todos Santos Plaza starts at 10 a.m. No fireworks.
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*Corte Madera:
Thursday, July 4. Parade starts at Redwood High School at 10:30 a.m. and ends at Town Park for a festival until 5 p.m. No fireworks.
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*Clayton:
Thursday, July 4th. 10 a.m. parade along Main Street. No fireworks.
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*Cloverdale:
Thursday, July 4. Fireworks at 9 p.m. at Cloverdale High School football field.
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*Cupertino:
Thursday, July 4. Children’s parade at 10 a.m. followed by music in Memorial Park until noon. No fireworks.
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*Danville:
Thursday, July 4. Annual parade that attracts tens of thousands starts at 9 a.m. downtown. No fireworks.
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*El Cerrito:
Thursday, July 4. All-day music festival in Cerrito Vista Park. No fireworks.
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*Emeryville:
Thursday, July 4. Musical celebration at Emeryville Marina Park from 6 to 8 p.m. No fireworks.
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*Fairfield:
Thursday, July 4. Parade along Texas Street starting at 10 a.m. No fireworks.
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*Foster City:
Thursday, July 4. Parade followed by festivities all day at Leo J. Ryan Park including live music and food. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
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*Fremont:
Thursday, July 4. Parade through downtown starting at 10 a.m. No fireworks.
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*Gilroy:
Thursday, July 4. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at Gilroy High School sports field.
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*Guerneville:
Sunday, July 7. Block party in downtown including arts & crafts fair and a BBQ, followed by Firewoks at dark over the Russian River.
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*Half Moon Bay:
Thursday, July 4. Parade on Main Street at Noon. No fireworks.
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*Hayward:
Thursday, July 4. Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Meek Park with food, music, games and crafts. No fireworks.
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*Healdsburg:
Thursday, July 4. Fireworks at dark at Healdsburg High School football field.
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*Hollister:
Thursday, 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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*Kenwood:
Thursday, July 4th. Parade at 10 a.m. at Plaza Park with musical entertainment to follow. No fireworks.
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*Lafayette:
Thursday, July 4. Buddha Gate Monastery holds a veggie potluck at 6 p.m. with various performers, followed by a viewing of fireworks at dusk from their gazebo.
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*Livermore:
Thursday, July 4. Family fun festival starting at 4 p.m. at Las Positas College Stadium, including Fireworks at dark.
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*Los Gatos:
Thursday, July 4th. Community celebration with food & music in the Los Gatos Civic Center from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No fireworks.
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*Martinez:
Thursday, July 4. Parade in downtown at 10 a.m. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. at Waterfront Park.
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*Milpitas:
Thursday, July 4. Afternoon pool party at the Milpitas Sports Center 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:
Thursday, 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 6. Night Water Carnaval at Monte Rio Public Beach, culminating in Fireworks at dark over the Russian River.
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*Moraga:
Thursday, 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:
Thursday, July 4. Award-winning parade in downtown at 10 am. Fireworks at dark at Morgan Hill Community Park.
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*Mountain View:
Thursday, July 4. San Francisco Symphony performs at Shoreline Amphitheater at 8 p.m. with Fireworks at dark.
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*Napa:
Thursday, July 4. Parade at 10 a.m. through downtown Napa followed by a festival and Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at Napa’s Veterans Memorial Park.
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*Novato:
Thursday, 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:
Wednesday, July 3. Fireworks after the Oakland A’s night game concludes at the Coliseum.
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Thursday, July 4. No fireworks display over Jack London Square again for 2013, but the city is still hosting a fun daytime event for families with a petting zoo, art activities for the kids, and carnival games.
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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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*Oakville:
Saturday, June 29. Robert Mondavi Winery hosts a musical performance followed by post-concert Fireworks at about 9 p.m.
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*Orinda:
Thursday, July 4. Parade at 10 a.m. followed by a festival at Orinda Community Park. No fireworks.
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*Pacifica:
Thursday, July 4. Community celebration at Frontierland Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No fireworks.
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*Palo Alto:
Thursday, July 4. Summer festival and chili cook-off at Mitchell Park from noon to 5 p.m. No fireworks.
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Thursday, July 4. Fireworks between 9 and 9:30 p.m. at the EcoCenter Baylands.
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*Petaluma:
Thursday, July 4. Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds features entertainment and food starting at 6 p.m., with Fireworks after 9 p.m..
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*Piedmont:
Thursday, July 4, Annual parade at 11 a.m. No fireworks.
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*Pleasant Hill:
Thursday, July 4. Celebration in Downtown and Pleasant Hill Park with parade, music, fun and games starting at 9:30 a.m. Fireworks at dusk.
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*Pleasanton:
Thursday, July 4. Patriotic concert and celebration from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Lions Wayside Park in downtown. No fireworks.
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Friday, July 5. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at the Alameda County Fair.
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*Redwood City:
Thursday, July 4, Parade downtown at 10am, followed by an all-day festival and Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
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*Richmond:
Wednesday, July 3. Live Blues music performances starting at 6 p.m. in Marina Bay Park followed by Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
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Wednesday, July 3. Oakland East Bay Symphony performs at 5 p.m. at the Craneway Pavillion followed by Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
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*Rohnert Park:
Thursday, July 4. Santa Rosa Symphony performs at 7:30 p.m. at Sonoma State’s Green Music Center with Fireworks at 9:15 p.m..
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*Ross:
Thursday, July 4. Parade at 11 a.m. followed by community picnic at Ross Common Park. No fireworks.
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*San Francisco:
Thursday, 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:
Thursday, July 4. Rose, White & Blue 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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Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5. Fireworks after the San Jose Giants game both nights at Municipal Stadium.
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*San Mateo:
Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 4. Fireworks about 9 p.m. Wednesday with parade on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Highlands neighborhood.
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*San Pablo:
Thursday, 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:
Wednesday, July 3 through Sunday, July 7. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. each night at the Marin County Fair.
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*San Ramon:
Thursday, 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:
Thursday, July 4. Live music and food at Central Park starting at 5 p.m., with Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
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Friday, July 5 and Saturday July 6. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. both nights at Great America Amusement Park.
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*Santa Rosa:
Thursday, 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:
Thursday, July 4. Parade and music are part of a morning-long community celebration at Kevin Moran Park. No fireworks.
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*Sausalito:
Thursday, July 4. Parade starts at 10 a.m. through downtown Sausalito followed by a festival in Dunphy Park. Fireworks display at 9:20 p.m. over Richardson Bay.
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*Scotts Valley:
Thursday, 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:
Wednesday, July 3. Music begins at 6 p.m. with Fireworks at dark at Analy High School.
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*Sonoma:
Thursday, July 4. Parade at 10 a.m. followed by a festival on Sonoma Plaza all day. No fireworks.
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*Stanford:
Saturday, June 29. Fireworks after San Jose Earthquakes game at Stanford Stadium.
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*St. Helena:
Thursday, July 4. The Louis M. Martini winery puts on a soiree with music and Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
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*Suisun City:
Thursday, 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:
Thursday, July 4. Fireworks cruise at 8:30 p.m. aboard the Angel Island Tiburon Ferry.
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*Vacaville:
Thursday, 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:
Thursday, July 4. Parade at 10 a.m. through downtown. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. along the waterfront.
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*Windsor:
Wednesday, July 3. Celebration at at Keiser Park with entertainment starting at 4 p.m. and Fireworks at dusk.
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*Yountville:
Thursday, July 4. Festival at the Veterans Home from noon to 9:30 p.m. with live music and food. Fireworks at dusk.
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