Bay Area July 4th Celebrations & Fireworks

SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 4: Fireworks light up the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay as Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4, 2006 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
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It's the most common question asked every July 4th: "Where to watch the fireworks this year?"

Now is the time to find that perfect spot to watch the skies light up — whether you find a place in the park or on your roof — there are numerous fireworks shows and non-pyrotechnic celebrations across the Bay Area this holiday.

Below is our list of Independence Day activities, including parades, concerts, barbecues and official fireworks displays (over 100 events). If you know of any we somehow missed, let us know! (all start times are estimated)

ALAMEDA:"Mayor's 4th of July Parade"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.Get More Info: www.alamedaparade.com

ALBANY:"A Green, Red, White & Blue Celebration"Community celebration in Memorial Park with a vintage baseball game, live music, a watermelon eating contest, diaper derby and so much more! No FireworksGet More Info: www.albanyca.org

*ANTIOCH: FIREWORKS!Hometown 4th of July 2019Downtown parade at 11am, Family fun at the Contra Costa Fairgrounds starting at 4pm, Fireworks at the Contra Costa Fairgrounds at 9:30pm.Get More Info: celebrateantioch.org

*AMERICAN CANYON: FIREWORKS!Annual 4th of July Celebration - Parade & FestivalJoin-in on a full day of family fun at their annual 4th of July Celebration. The day includes a parade, festival and of course our famous fireworks show!Get More Info: www.cityofamericancanyon.org

APTOS:4th of July, 2019Enjoy a pancake breakfast starting from 7:30am to 10:00am. "World Shortest" Parade at 10:00am – 12:00pm, followed by a 'Party in the Park' until 4 p.m. in Aptos Village Park. No FireworksGet More Info: aptoschamber.com

*BENICIA: FIREWORKS!Freedom FestivalWednesday, July 3. Torchlight Parade along 1st Street at 6:30 p.m.andPicnic in the Park & Fireworks – 12:00pm-7:00pm – Featuring arts & crafts, live entertainment, plenty of food and children's activities. Fireworks begin around 9:00pm at the foot of First Street.Get More Info: www.beniciamainstreet.org

*BERKELEY: FIREWORKS!4th of July @ Berkeley MarinaCelebration at Berkeley Marina from 12:00pm to 10:00pm with live entertainment, food, arts & crafts, kids playground and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. off the end of the Berkeley Pier.Get More Info: www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com

BODEGA BAY:2019 4th of July In Bodega Bay a Maritime CelebrationCelebrations include Freedom Paddle 2019, a crafts fair, kite flying, boat parade, dancing & live music and so much more!Get More Info: www.visitbodegabayca.com

*CALISTOGA: FIREWORKS!Star-Spangled SocialNapa County Fair & Fireworks – Parade at 11:00am through downtown Calistoga. Star-Spangled Social at dusk at the Napa County Fairgrounds. "Fireworks will start when it gets good and dark."Get More Info: www.celebratenapavalley.org

*CONCORD: FIREWORKS!Wednesday, July 48th Annual Stars & Stripes 5K Run & WalkEnjoy this 3.1 mile run/walk at Todos Santos Plaza in Downtown Concord. Proceeds from this race benefit both the Shelter, Inc and their efforts to re-build lives, one family at a time, by giving them a home, the skills and the resources to live the life they deserve.Get More Info: brazenracing.comandConcord 4th of JulyCelebrate Concord's 6th Annual 4th of July Festival & Fireworks with a kids carnival, food booths, vendor exhibits, and live entertainment on stage. Fireworks will end the day that will not disappoint. Located at Mt. Diablo High School in Concord. Gates open at 4:00 p.m.Get More Info: www.concordjuly4th.com

CORTE MADERA:Fourth of July Parade & FestivalParade starts at Redwood High School at 10:30 a.m. and ends at Corte Madera Town Center for a festival until 5:00 p.m. No FireworksGet More Info: www.cortemadera.org

CLAYTON:Fourth of July ParadeWednesday, July 4thRegister early for Clayton's 2019 Fourth of July Parade happening at 10:00 a.m. on July 4, 2019. Kiddie Parade line up will be on Oak Street. – No FireworksGet More Info: ci.clayton.ca.us

*CLOVERDALE: FIREWORKS!Fireworks around 9 p.m. at Cloverdale High School football field. Admission is free.Get More Info: www.cloverdalechamber.com

*CUPERTINO: FIREWORKS!4th of July CelebrationPancake Breakfast from 7:30am-11:00am, Children's parade at 10:00am followed by music in Memorial Park until noon. Cupertino Fireworks Show can be seen at Sedgwick Elementary, Miller Avenue (between Bollinger & Disney) and Creekside Park.Get More Info: www.cupertino.org

DANVILLE:2019 Kiwanis 4Th Of July ParadeKick off Independence Day at Danville's 4th of July Parade. This festive, hometown event attracts local residents, family, friends, and flag-wavers from the Bay Area and beyond. Starting at 9:00am in downtown Danville. No FireworksGet More Info: www.srvkiwanis.org

EL CERRITO:2019 City Of El Cerrito & Worldone 4th of July FestivalThousands are expected arrive at Cerrito Vista Park to celebrate at the City of El Cerrito/worldOne 4th of July Festival starting from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. with live entertainment on the Main Stage until 6:30 p.m. No FireworksGet More Info: www.el-cerrito.org

FAIRFIELD:Independence Day ParadeParade along Texas Street to Union Street starting at 10:00 a.m. No Fireworks.Get More Info: www.fairfieldmainstreet.com

*FOSTER CITY: FIREWORKS!Fourth of July CelebrationJoin the City of Foster City and the Lions Club of Foster City for this exciting all-day event on Thursday, July 4, 2019 at Leo Ryan Park!  You don't want to miss all the games, food, entertainment, family and dog parade, and a grand fireworks display.Get More Info: www.fostercity.org

FREMONT:"Fremont 4th of July Parade"Parade starts at Stevenson & Paseo Padre Blvd. at 10:00 a.m. No Fireworks.Get More Info: www.fremont4th.org

HALF MOON BAY:4TH of July Block PartySpend the day on Main Street for a fun time filled with good people, pancake breakfast by the HMB Lions Club, BBQ lunch by Coastside Adult Day Health Center, beer by HMB Brewing Company, wine, kids activities by Wilkinson School, and most of all, the Parade by the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee! No FireworksGet More Info: www.visithalfmoonbay.org

*HEALDSBURG: FIREWORKS!American Legion Healdsburg FireworksKnown as "The Best Fireworks Show north of the Golden Gate…" enjoy Fireworks at dark at Healdsburg High School football field. Put together by American Legion Veterans Non-profit Organization.Get More Info, here or check out their Facebook Page

HOLLISTER:2019 Hollister Independence Rally (formerly the Hollister Freedom Rally)This 3-day weekend rally is best known as the epicenter of motorcycle enthusiasts with live entertainment, festival foods, charitable events + the finest motorcycles on display. No FireworksGet More Info on their Facebook Page

KENWOOD:Thursday, July 4th. Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast starting at 7:00 a.m. at the Kenwood Community Church. Kenwood Hometown Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at Kenwood Plaza Park on Warm Springs Road with Rotary Club's BBQ and Family Fun event to follow. No FireworksGet More Info: www.kenwoodparade.com

*LIVERMORE: FIREWORKS!4th of July Family Fun Fireworks CelebrationThursday, July 4Join Downtown Livermore on the 4th of July for our intimate fireworks celebration! Party starting at 4:00pm in Downtown Livermore. Red, White & Boom 4th of July Fireworks at 9:30pmGet More Info: www.livermoredowntown.com

LOS GATOS:4th of July Symphony In The ParkThursday, July 4th. Community celebration with fun, food & music at Oak Meadow Park from 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. No FireworksGet More Info: www.losgatosca.gov

MARTINEZ:4th of July ParadeOver 3,000 people have been gathering to watch the colorful, patriotic, parade in downtown at 10:00 a.m. No FireworksGet More Info: downtownmartinez.org

MENLO PARK:Fourth of July Parade and CelebrationPull out your red, white, and blue for this patriotic afternoon with entertainment, live music, food, and games! No FireworksGet More Info: www.menlopark.org and on Facebook.

*MORAGA: FIREWORKS!July 4th at the Commons ParkDaylong events at Moraga Commons Park include a dog parade, children's bike parade, old fashioned kids games, magic show, evening concert and fireworks at 9:30pm Get More Info: www.moraga.ca.us

*MORGAN HILL: FIREWORKS!Morgan Hill Freedom FestWednesday, July 3rd – Thursday, July 4 – Award-winning parade in downtown at 10:00 a.m. + Patriotic Sing, Downtown Family Street Dance, Freedom Run, Car Cruise n’ Show and spectacular Fireworks and entertainment show.Get More Info: www.morganhillfreedomfest.com

*MOUNTAIN VIEW: FIREWORKS!4th of July Fireworks SpectacularCelebrate the Fourth of July with a festive outdoor performance of hero-themed favorites perfect for summer! Led by conductor Edwin Outwater at Shoreline Amphitheatre, the SF Symphony fills the night air with the exhilarating music starting at 8:00pm with a grand fireworks finale.Get More Info: www.sfsymphony.org or buy tickets at LiveNation.com

*NAPA: FIREWORKS!2019 Napa Fourth of July Festival & FireworksThe town of Napa will kick off the holiday with a parade on 2nd and 3rd Streets. The party then moves to Veteran’s Park for some family entertainment, music and fireworks at about 9:30 p.m.Get More Info: www.visitnapavalley.comandIndependence Day on the Wine TrainIncludes wine, dinner and a 3.5 hour journey thorugh the Napa Valley + view the Yountville Fireworks from the comfort of the Wine Train.Get More Info: www.winetrain.com

NOVATO:2019 Novato 4th of July ParadeParade at 10:00am through the city's Old Town district features the largest assemblage of restored military vehicles in the Bay Area. No FireworksGet More Info: novatoparade.com

* OAKLAND: FIREWORKS!A's Fireworks Nights at the ColiseumWednesday, July 3 - After the Oakland A's game against the Minnesota Twins, fans will be invited to sit on the outfield grass to enjoy the dazzling sky high fireworks show.Get More Info: www.mlb.comandIndependence Day at Jack London Square!This festive day will fill Jack London Square with entertainment, live music, a beer/cider garden, tasty backyard BBQ, local shopping and a kids zone. No FireworksGet More Info: www.jacklondonsquare.com

ORINDA:Annual July 4Th Parade & CelebrationFestivites begin with a Pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Flag Raising ceremony at 7:55 a.m. and Fun Run begins at 8:00 a.m. Parade at 10:00am. Followed by a festival at Orinda Community Park. No Fireworks.Get More Info: orindaassociation.org

PACIFICA:Rocket Run 2019Pacifica's 4th of July community 5-mile race with divisions for all age groups. Race begins at the Pacifica Community Center.and 4th of July Celebration in the ParkCommunity celebration at Frontierland Park filled with crafts, games, music and more from 11:00am to 4:00pm. No Fireworks.Get More Info: www.cityofpacifica.org

PALO ALTO:38th Annual Chili Cook Off + Summer FestivalJoin in on all the fun at Mitchell Park from noon to 5:00 p.m. Buy tickets to sample some of the very best chili in the Bay Area! No Fireworks.Get More Info: www.paloaltochilicookoff.com

*PETALUMA: FIREWORKS!4th of July Petaluma Fireworks FestivalLocated at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, this festival features local food vendors, live music, kids activity area, cold beer on tap and best of all fireworks!Get More Info: www.visitpetaluma.com

*PLEASANT HILL: FIREWORKS!43rd Annual Pleasant Hill 4th of July CelebrationCelebration in Downtown and Pleasant Hill Park with parade, Firecracker 5K Fun Run, music, fun & games + fireworks display at College Park High School.Get More Info: phjuly4.com

PLEASANTON:Alameda County Fair 4th of JulyEnjoy a special day filled with LIVE Music, Action Sports, LIVE Horse racing and great food. Fair hours run 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.Get More Info:  alamedacountyfair.comandJuly 4 CelebrationEnjoy the holiday with a performance from the Pleasanton Community Concert Band. Starting 12:00pm to 2:30pm at Lions Wayside Park, 4401 First Street in Pleasanton. No Fireworks.Get More Info: pleasantonband.org

*REDWOOD CITY: FIREWORKS!Open to all runners, walkers, and strollers of any age. The race starts at 8:00am at the corner of Marshall and Arguello Streets in Redwood City.Get More Info: www.rc.run/paraderunandJuly 4th Parade and Festival and Fireworks!Pancake Breakfast, Downtown Parade, 5K Run + Festival & Fireworks at the Port – Free all-day festival featuring a breakfast, parade, carnival, live entertaiment. A fireworks show concludes the holiday at approximately 9:30 p.m.Get More Info: www.parade.org

*RICHMOND: FIREWORKS!3rd of July Fireworks & CelebrationWednesday, July 3rd - Fireworks, food, and fun are what this event is all about.  Celebrate with your fellow community members at Marina Bay Park from 5:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. to enjoy music and the youth play area (for a fee) until the night sky explodes with color in our 20-minute fireworks display at approximately 9:15 P.M.Get More Info: richmondstandard.comandWaterfront Family Festival, Concert & FireworksCelebrate with the Richmond community! Enjoy a night of food, live music, games and a great view of the Richmond Waterfront fireworks (starting at 9:15pm)!Get More Info: www.ci.richmond.ca.us

*ROHNERT PARK: FIREWORKS!4th of July Fireworks SpectacularFeaturing Transcendence Theatre Company and the Santa Rosa Symphony. Performance at 7:30pm at Sonoma State's Weill Hall and Lawn followed by "the largest fireworks display in Sonoma County".Get More Info: gmc.sonoma.edu

ROSS:Annual Ross 4th of July CelebrationParade at 11:00am followed by community picnic at Ross Common Park. Enjoy music, games and much more! No Fireworks.Get More Info: www.townofross.org

*SAN FRANCISCO: FIREWORKS!Celebration at The PierWitness the skies sparkle red, white and blue as PIER 39 celebrates Independence Day with a day of fun for the whole family! Start your day with live entertainment on the Entrance Plaza Stage featuring Mustache Harbor – Yacht Rock Explosion from 3-6pm! At approximately 9:30pm, look to the sky for the City & County of San Francisco’s spectacular fireworks display.Get More Info: www.pier39.com

*SAN JOSE: FIREWORKS!Independence Day Celebration: Fireworks!Celebrate America with the San Jose Giants and fireworks! Come to San Jose Municipal Stadium on the Fourth of July as the Giants go up against the Visalia Rawhide! Then hang out afterwards for Postgame Fireworks!Get More Info: www.milb.com or buy tickets at mpv.tickets.comandRotary FireworksFree, world-class fireworks return to Downtown San Jose! Join the Rotary Club of San Jose in celebrating Independence Day at Discovery Meadow. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30pm.Get More Info: www.rotaryfireworks.organdRose, White & Blue ParadeDeep rooted in San Jose's Rose Garden area, the Rose, White, and Blue Parade celebrates it's 12th anniversary, making this the longest running parade in the history of The Alameda. The parade is followed by entertainment and good things to eat, all at The Alameda in San Jose. No FireworksGet More Info: www.rwbsj.org

SAN MATEO:Highlands Community Association 4th of July Parade "California Dream"Begins at 10:00 a.m. with a parade at Lexington Avenue in San Mateo. Then from 11am-2:00pm at the Highlands Recreation Center parking lot at 1851 Lexington, enjoy midway games, family games, shooting gallery, archery, three-legged race, potato sack race, water balloon toss, shaved ice & cotton candy and food booths! No Fireworks.Get More Info: www.highlandscommunity.org

*SAN PABLO: FIREWORKS!July 4th Multi-Cultural Celebration and FireworksCelebrate Independence Day in San Pablo! Enjoy live entertainment, food, carnival games, family activities and followed by fireworks at dusk! Located at El Portal Soccer Field starting at 5:00 p.m.Get More Info: sanpabloca.gov

*SAN RAFAEL: FIREWORKS!Marin County Fair 2019Celebrate in spectacular style with performances by the world’s ONLY tribute to Elvis Costello, The Distractions and top ABBA tribute group in the world, ABBA The Concert! Plus fireworks fill the sky over the lagoon at about 9:30 p.m.Get More Info: www.marinfair.org

SAN RAMON:San Ramon 4th of July CelebrationMusical celebration with Jimmy Buffet Tribute band "Garrat Wilkins and the Parrotheads" at San Ramon Central Park Amphitheater from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. No Fireworks.Get More Info: www.ci.san-ramon.ca.us

*SANTA CLARA: FIREWORKS!Live music, kids activities, food at Central Park starting at 12Noon to 5:00pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm.Get More Info: santaclaraca.govandFourth of July Celberation at California's Great AmericaCalifornia’s Great America will celebrate the July 4th holiday with fireworks set to lively patriotic music at 9:45 p.m. in the skies above Flight Deck. Get More Info: www.cagreatamerica.com

*SANTA ROSA: FIREWORKS!Red, White & BOOM! 2019More than just a fireworks show - come join in for an afternoon and evening of food, live music, kid's activities, and fun for the whole family! Fireworks show at night.Get More Info: srboom.com

SARATOGA:Independence Day Celebration 2019Come join the fun at the City of Saratoga's 2019 Independence Day Celebration, located at Kevin Moran Park. No FireworksGet More Info: www.saratogajuly4.com

*SAUSALITO: FIREWORKS!4th of July Festivities 2019Parade starts at 10:00am through Downtown Sausalito followed by a festival in Robin Sweeny Park. Fireworks display over Richardson Bay.Get More Info: www.sausalito.gov

*SCOTTS VALLEY: FIREWORKS!4th of July Parade and CelebrationCelebrate the Fouth of July with a parade, flyover, fireworks, outrageous BBQ, live bands, games, petting zoo & much more! The fireworks show in Scotts Valley is the only sanctioned fireworks show in Santa Cruz County.Get More Info: www.scottsvalley.org

*SEBASTOPOL: FIREWORKS!Fireworks Extravaganza and Music FestivalWednesday, July 3 - Sebastopol's annual Independence Day celebration tradition features live music, dancing, food & drink, prizes and fireworks! The gates open at Analy High School at 5:30 p.m., music starts at 6:00 p.m., and fireworks will go off at dusk.Get More Info: Facebook

*SONOMA: FIREWORKS!Fourth of July CelebrationNamed the eighth best 4th of July celebrations in the country, Sonoma's 4th of July Celebration is a tradition that brings the community together in of all that makes Sonoma great and honors our great nations independence.Get More Info: www.sonomavolunteerfirefighters.org

*SUISUN CITY: FIREWORKS!Waterfront July 4th CelebrationCelebrate America's birthday at Solano County's best Fourth of July celebration with free live music, craft vendors, family entertainment and a huge fireworks display over the Waterfront.Get More Info: www.suisun.com

*VACAVILLE: FIREWORKS!4th of July Fireworks CelebrationAlways spectacular in Downtown Vacaville!  Great music, food and beverage from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in Andrews Park.Get More Info: www.downtownvacaville.com

*VALLEJO: FIREWORKS!"Salute to America" & Mad Hatter july 4th CelebrationThe 166th Annual Vallejo 4th of July Parade at 10:00am begins at Broadway and Tennessee and through Downtown Vallejo. Followed by the Mad Hatter celebration at the Vallejo Waterfront featuring an Artisan Craft Beer Garden, Food Courts, classic cars, Maritime Dog Parade, Cultural performances, live DJS, children's rides and activities and of course, fireworks!Get More Info: vallejojuly4.comandSix Flags Discovery Kingdom' July 4th FestSix Flags is the premiere destination to celebrate our country, enjoy the summer, and share great times with friends. Independence Day is more than just a holiday, it’s the ultimate American tradition. It has everything you need for a star-spangled visit: exclusive ride times, fireworks at dusk, festive foods, and more!Get More Info: www.sixflags.com

*WINDSOR: FIREWORKS!Windsor KABOOM!Wednesday, July 3 - Celebration at Keiser Park with local entertainment! Starting at 4:00pm and fireworks at dusk.Get More Info: windsorkaboom.com

*YOUNTVILLE: FIREWORKS!Fourth of July at Vintner’s Golf CourseCome up to Yountville for the best fireworks show in Napa Valley! Come early to get your spot on the 9th green at Vintner’s Golf Course. Fireworks at dusk.Get More Info: yountville.com