Here's a rundown of some of the major holiday celebrations and fireworks shows scheduled around the Bay Area for Thursday night, July 4.
San Francisco's Fourth Of July celebration features live music on stages at Pier 39, in the Aquatic Park area and the Cannery in addition to other activities around Fisherman's Wharf. The fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. More info here.
Antioch: This celebration on Antioch's historic waterfront with events ranging from a parade to live entertainment. It runs all day with a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. over the San Joaquin River. More info here.
Benicia: Festivities begin at noon with a picnic in the Benicia City Park with food vendors, arts and crafts, face painting, kids activities and more. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. at the foot of First Street.
Berkeley: The popular Berkeley Fourth of July festival begins with music at noon at the Berkeley Marina and ends with fireworks off the pier at 9:30 p.m. More info here.
Fremont: Upwards of 10,000 people will attend the East Bay city's annual parade through downtown starting at 10 a.m. More info here.
Livermore: This old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration at Robertson Park features live music, family games, food and an evening fireworks show synchronized to music. Gates open at 4 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. Cost is $20 per car, $5 per walk-in (children 6 and under free). No alcohol, coolers or pets allowed.
Martinez: The annual Fourth of July festival offers a softball tournament, swimming, family activities and fireworks at dusk.
Oakland: While the city is not putting on a fireworks show over the estuary, Jack London Square hosts a daytime Family Fun Festival that includes live music, family and kid-oriented activities. More info here.
Pittsburg: The Pittsburg Old Town July 4th Festival features carnival games and food vendors starting at 6 p.m. with fireworks at dusk.
Pleasant Hill: The East Bay town hosts a parade at 10 a.m. with a fireworks display at dusk over College Park High School.
San Ramon: This celebration in San Ramon Central Park runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with live entertainment, including performances by the San Ramon Symphonic Band and popular San Francisco cover band the Cheeseballs.
Bodega Bay: The coastal city hosts a small fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. best viewed along Westshore Road.
Calistoga: The Napa County Fair hosts a daylong salute to America that begins at 11 a.m. with the Silverado parade. Fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m.
Healdsburg: The sky over Healdsburg will light up as the city holds its annual fireworks display at Healdsburg High School.
San Rafael: The Marin County Fair will have a nightly fireworks show at the Lagoon at 9:30 p.m. from June 30th through July 4th. More info here.
Santa Rosa: The Red, White & Boom July 4th celebration at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds is one of the biggest in the North Bay with several bands, food from the many local vendors and restaurants and entertainment for kids including a watermelon eating contest, jumpy houses, face painters, clowns and more. Admission $10 ages 12+, $5 ages 5-11.
Sonoma: Fourth of July on the Plaza will feature a parade (at 10 a.m.) and an all-day festival with music, entertainment and kids activities culminating with fireworks at night in the open field a block west of the plaza.
Vallejo: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom hosts a spectacular fireworks show July 4-6 that is free with admission to the park. The show is best viewed from Chabot Stadium.
South Bay And Peninsula
Mountain View: The San Francisco Symphony presents a program of "American Journeys" at the Shoreline Amphitheatre with conductor Edwin Outwater leading the symphony through patriotic pieces and soundtrack themes by Morton Gould, Bill Conti, John Williams, John Phillip Sousa and more. Concert begins at 8 p.m. with the fireworks following. More info here.
Redwood City: Redwood City Independence Day Parade and Celebration begins at 10:30 a.m. with a parade and ends at 9 p.m. with a fireworks show at the Port of Redwood City.
San Jose: San Jose's Rose, White and Blue Parade begins at 10 a.m. with an old fashioned family-style parade that winds through the Rose Garden neighborhood before ending on The Alameda with a festival featuring live bands, dance groups, food trucks, carnival rides and more until 3 p.m. While there is no associated fireworks show, the San Jose Giants will be shooting off post-game fireworks over Municipal Stadium on July 4 and July 5.
Santa Clara: Santa Clara brings pyrotechnics back to it's free July 4th celebration with a party featuring live music and food trucks that starts at 5 p.m. leading up to 9:30 p.m. fireworks show in Central Park