4th of July events: List of Bay Area fireworks shows, festivals

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Tuesday, July 4, 2023
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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Thinking of doing something fun this Fourth of July?

Please don't light your own fireworks -- we have a list of events happening around the Bay Area that you can go to instead.

Be sure to check the event's website for the latest information before making your weekend plans! Some events are subject to availability.


Alameda's July 4th 5K and Parade

Tuesday, July 4 - 5K @ 9 a.m., Parade at 10 a.m.

City of Alameda

Alameda's 4th of July Parade is the longest in the nation with a route that spans 3.3 miles, attracting more than 170 entries and 2,500 participants. The 5K run benefits Midway Shelter of Alameda.

Get more information here.

Alameda County Fair

Tuesday, July 4 - 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.

The Alameda County fair has food, a carnival, animals, horse racing and even live music. There will also be a 4th of July drone show July 3 at 9:30 p.m.

For more information about hours and events, visit this page.

The Hornet Museum's 4th of July

Tuesday, July 4 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

USS Hornet Museum

We will have 2 no-host bars, Food Truck Mafia with multiple food options, DJ Samoa Boy spinning tunes, the Swinging Blue Stars and much more to entertain you.

Get more information here.

Antioch Fourth of July Celebration

Tuesday, July 4 - 4 p.m.

Waldie Plaza

Visit Waldie Plaza to experience live entertainment and enjoy local food vendors and trucks. Have an exciting time with friends and family in the Games Zone located at City Hall, before picking your spot to see the big firework show.

Get more information here.

4th of July Parade and Carnique

Downtown Brentwood - 9:30 a.m.

Join us for the Brentwood Classic 4th of July Parade! The parade will begin at 9:30am with the Children's Parade, followed immediately by the main parade.

Get more information here.

The "Salute to the 4th" Community Fireworks Show

Robertson Park, Livermore - 4 p.m. gates

The "Salute to the 4th" Community Fireworks Show is coming back to Robertson Park. The first 2,000 people in attendance will receive an American Flag.

Get more information here.

Light Up the Night - 4th of July Drone Sky Show

Downtown Brentwood - 9 p.m.

The 4th of July will begin with the Annual City of Brentwood 4th of July Parade. The City is organizing a Carnival called Carnique which will take place on Oak Street from 4-7pm. An All-Female Aerosmith tribute band will grace the stage in City Park from 7pm-9pm, courtesy of the City of Brentwood. Immediately following the concert, the Drone Show will begin. The show will feature over 150 drones and 12 animations both Patriotic and Brentwood themed.

Get more information here.

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Sonoma's Hometown 4th of July Parade, Celebration and Fireworks Show

Tuesday, July 4 - 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Sonoma Plaza

The Parade begins at 10 am winding its way around the town's historic Plaza. After the parade, enjoy an old-fashioned festival with food, drink and game booths by Sonoma's non-profit organizations. The 4th of July festival concludes around 5 pm when all eyes shift to the skies at dusk above General Vallejo's field for the spectacular fireworks show that lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Get more information here.

Marin County Fair

Tuesday, July 4, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

The award-winning Marin County Fair is the County's premier community event with over 120,000 attendees annually.

Get more information here.

Fourth of July Kids Parade and Duck Dash

Tuesday, July 4 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Healdsburg Plaza

The event is a fun attraction for the Healdsburg community to celebrate the founding of our nation. Enjoy live music and activities, including: lawn games, Duck Dash Races, face painting, and a parade around the Plaza. The parade begins at 11:00 AM.

Get more information here.

Sausalito 4th of July Festivities

Tuesday, July 4 - 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.

City of Sausalito

This day full of events is free and open to the public. We are celebrating with a parade, live music, food, games, and fireworks!

Get more information here.

Petaluma Independence Day Fireworks Celebration

Tuesday, July 4 - 9:30 p.m.

Look to the skies on the evening of July 4th, 2023 to enjoy a high-elevation fireworks display over Petaluma!

Get more information here.

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Petaluma Stars & Stripes, Dogs & Bikes

Tuesday, July 4 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Lucchesi Park

This event will feature: The Petaluma East-Side Farmers' Market, a bike parade at 12:00pm, bike decorating station, FREE bike valet provided by Bike Petaluma, a craft station, kids activities, a dog costume contest, and MORE!

Get more information here.


Half Moon Bay Ol' Fashioned 4th of July Parade, Block Party & Festival

Tuesday, July 4 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Main Street, Half Moon Bay

This year marking it's 52nd rendition, Half Moon Bay's beloved Ol' Fashioned 4th of July Parade along with a Pancake Breakfast, Block Party & Festival takes over Main Street, transforming the charming downtown into a festive Red, White and Blue celebration. The parade starts at 12 noon and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Get more information here.

4th of July Summer Festival and Chili Cook-Off

Tuesday, July 4 - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mitchell Park

The City of Palo Alto Recreation Division invites you to our 4th of July Summer Festival and Chili Cook-Off. Enjoy live music, food trucks, and games/activities for kids. Bring your own chairs, picnic blankets, and reusable water bottles.

Get more information here.

Los Altos Hills 4th of July Parade

Tuesday, July 4 - 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Los Altos Hills Town Hall

Come join us for the twelfth annual Los Altos Hills 4th of July Parade. We will parade down Fremont Road and conclude at Gardner Bullis School where you can meet your friends and neighbors for a refreshing beverage and a juicy watermelon treat! New this year, City Council approved Los Altos Hills Horseman's Association (LAHHA) to include six to eight horses in the back of the parade.

Get more information here.

Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular at Shoreline

Tuesday, July 4 - 8 p.m.

Shoreline Amphitheatre

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a festive outdoor performance at Shoreline Amphitheatre perfect for summer. Vocalist Capathia Jenkins, conductor Edwin Outwater, and the San Francisco Symphony fill the night air with a crowd-pleasing lineup featuring favorite American classics and a special tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The evening concludes with a grand finale of spectacular fireworks!

Get more information here.

Menlo Park 4th of July Celebration and Parade

Tuesday, July 4 - 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Santa Cruz Avenue

Come dressed up in red, white and blue! Decorate your bike or wagon and participate in this fun-filled people parade down Santa Cruz Avenue. After the parade ends, stay for the celebration! Food, games, family-friendly activities, and live music by Pop Fiction will be awaiting parade participants and spectators as they complete the parade route near Fremont Park and the surrounding downtown area.

Get more information here.


Fisherman's Wharf - 4th of July

Tuesday, July 4 - 9:30 p.m.

Fisherman's Wharf

We invite you to come down to the Waterfront to enjoy the day! A fireworks display will be launched from two barges on the Bay beginning at 9:30 pm. Our neighborhood restaurants, activities, and retail shops in Fisherman's Wharf WILL be open.

Get more information here.

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The San Francisco Fourth of July Pub Crawl and Hot Dog Eating Contest

Saturday, July 1 & Tuesday, July 4 - 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Lower Polk Street

The Fourth of July Pub Crawl will be a two-day event for 2022! Join us on Saturday, July 2 or Monday, July 4 for a day filled with amazing drink specials, DJs, dancing and lot of Independence Day fun.

Get more information here.

Golden Gate Park Bandshell: July 4th Spectacular

Tuesday, July 4 - 1 p.m. to 2:35 p.m.

Golden Gate Park Bandshell

Come Join us at the Golden Gate Park Bandshell for a 4th of July celebration July 4th Spectacular.

Get more information here.

Get more information here.


4th of July Fireworks Spectacular with San Francisco Symphony

Tuesday, July 4

Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View

A celebration of America and the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Shoreline Amphitheatre has a full day of fun, including kids' activities, American food favorites, frozen treats, a Motown after party and more.

You can get tickets here.

Rose, White, & Blue Parade and Festival

Tuesday, July 4 - 9:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Alameda, San Jose

The Rose, White & Blue Parade is a historic community celebration that brings together residents, businesses, and organizations of San José and the greater Bay Area in celebration of diversity, public spirit, and our floral and agricultural heritage.

Get more information here.

4th of July Fireworks Show Downtown San Jose

Tuesday, July 4 - 9:30 p.m.

Discovery Meadow Park

The Rotary Rotary Club of San Jose is excited to announce that the City of San Jose's annual signature fireworks show will once again be held at Discovery Meadow! Come celebrate the holiday with your community and enjoy a night of dazzling entertainment, incorporating sustainable practices and innovation.

Get more information here.

4th of July All City Picnic

Tuesday, July 4 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Central Park

Celebrate Independence Day at the City of Santa Clara's Fourth of July All City Picnic presented by Silicon Valley Power! This family-friendly event features delicious food, live music, and fun activities for kids.

Get more information here.

Gilroy's Annual Fireworks Show

Tuesday, July 4 - 9:30 p.m.

Christmas Hill Park

One of the safest ways to celebrate the 4th of July and enjoy fireworks is through Gilroy's annual fireworks show. The show will take place on July 4, 2023, with the fireworks beginning around dusk at approximately 9:30 PM and originating from Gilroy High School located at 750 W 10th Street.

Get more information here.

Independence Day Pool Party & Movie 2023: Milpitas

Tuesday, July 4 - 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Milpitas Sports Center

Grab your swimsuit and the family for the Independence Day Pool Party on Friday, June 30, 2023 from 5:30-11 p.m. at the Milpitas Sports Center. Admission is $5 per person. The party includes a movie on the large inflatable screen.

Get more information here.

July 4th 'Red, White & BOOM!' Concert & Fireworks 2023: Milpitas

Tuesday, July 4 - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Milpitas Sports Center

The City of Milpitas presents the 4th of July Celebration! The Red, White & BOOM! Concert & Fireworks begin at 6 p.m. featuring the Sacred Fire Band at the Milpitas Sports Center. Enjoy a great kids' area, food trucks, live music, climbing walls, RC cars, video game truck, bounce houses, and fireworks!

Get more information here.

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