Crowds turn out all over the Bay Area to celebrate the Fourth of July. From parades, to craft fairs, festivals and live music, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
This July 4th, experience the magic of the annual “San Francisco 4th of July Fireworks Show” aboard one of two Angel Island Tiburon Ferry Vessels for an exciting 4th of July Fireworks Cruise departing Tiburon, California to the San Francisco waterfront to take in the excitement and thrills of a San Francisco July 4th Fireworks Cruise.
Angel Island Fourth of July Experience! Leave the crowds behind and celebrate the Fourth of July on Angel Island. Kick back in Ayala Cove to enjoy live music, food and drinks. This special ticket includes round trip ferry service to Angel Island and round trip tram ride from the cove to Battery Ledyard for an unforgettable view of the fireworks show.
Corte Madera-Larkspur Fourth of July Parade & Festival. The parade will feature many incredible bands including the Famous Corte Madera Town Band, McIntosh Pipe Band, and the Freedom Band, Crafts, Children's Activities, Food and more.
Small fun local event in the town of Inverness with foot races for everyone from toddlers to adults. See a slice of old fashion 4th of July fun at Inverness.
Marin County Fair, San Rafael, The fireworks take place every day of the Fair, shot from three barges over the lagoon in a low-level, safely choreographed extravaganza of music, rockets, Roman candles, comets, meteoric showers and spectacular bursting cascades – all beautifully reflected in the water below. Bring the entire family and enjoy this amazing show every night of the Fair.
The annual Homestead Valley 4th of July Parade and BBQ Picnic is a wonderful family oriented event that celebrates our nation’s independence . . . . The day starts at Volunteer Park (the corner of Evergreen and Melrose) where we all gather for the beginning of a community parade to Stolte Grove. Led by a bright red fire truck, the meandering array of kids on bicycles, tricycles, scooters, strollers, dogs, and goats, all decked out in red, white and blue the joyful parade gets underway.
Boasting more than one hundred entries, Novato Parade is one of the largest in the San Francisco Bay Area! Early in the morning on the 4th, crowds line Novato’s Grant Avenue where the parade begins in the city’s Old Town district.
Parade-goers arrive early to watch the pageant of classic cars and color guards, festive floats and music bands, fancy cowgirls on golden palominos, and decorated basset hounds. The parade is famous for its contingent of vintage military vehicles from the Joe Garbarino World War II Military Vehicle Museum.
The Town of Ross celebrates the 4th of July every year with a parade beginning at 11:00 a.m. followed by a picnic on the Ross Common from 12:00-2:00 p.m. There are children's games and face painting, live music, food, and much more. This beloved event is not to be missed.
Sausalito’s 4th of July Festivities Parade, Floats, bands, clowns, classic cars, acrobats, flowers, balloons and fun for the entire family. Everyone is encouraged to add to this traditional favorite, enjoy Community Picnic and live music at Dunphy Park. Food, dancing, family games, tug-of-war and the famous egg toss help to make this an exciting event for the whole family. Come and enjoy a good old-fashioned 4th of July celebration! And Fireworks.
Tug of War between the towns of Bolinas and Stinson Beach
Witness 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 Entrance Plaza Stage featuring Tainted Love — the best of the 80s LIVE! At approximately 9:30pm, look to the sky for the City & County of San Francisco’s spectacular fireworks display.
Join for the first-ever 4th of July celebration at the Hall, and enjoy your exclusive access to the best view of fireworks launched from around the entire Bay Area. Celebrate Independence for an evening of food, live music, and, of course, science!
Exclusive Fireworks Viewing
Nestled up in the hills of Berkeley with a view of the entire bay area, the Hall is a truly magical place to experience Fourth of July fireworks.
Food Trucks Galore
Tasty food options provided by Off the Grid. Beer, wine, soda, and water available inside, too!
The Firecracker Brass Quintet—featuring musicians who regularly perform with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and other ensembles—will be playing music throughout the evening.
The Inaugural Coast Guard Festival at Alameda Point! Enjoy music, parade, food, activities, games and more. View floats from the parade and experience Coast Guard mission displays including CG Helicopter, MSST and Whaleboat displays, CG Cutter, CG Rescue Swimmer demos and CG Silent Drill Team demos.
Pleasant Hill Parade is celebrating their 41st Anniversary this year and hope you can celebrate this amazing milestone with us. Join us early as we kick off the celebration with a 5K Run. Then shortly after the run the parade moves through the downtown area. Once the parade is over, families and all are encouraged to join us at Pleasant Hill Park where there will be food and entertainment.
Petaluma Annual Bell Ringing! Starting at 10:30 am with the Flag Ceremony by the Boy Scouts; Learn about the bell-ringing tradition inacted by President Kennedy and the history of the Korbel Bell; Mayor will read the proclamation; At 11am, everyone rings the bell and adjourns to the Garden Court for lemonade and cookies.
Admission: $10 adults, $5 kids age 6-11 , Free for kids 5 and under! Music Extravaganza starts at 6:15pm with The Highway Poets and Danny Click, Raffle, Flag Ceremony led by Fife and Drum and accompanied by Uncle Sam
Star Spangled Banner & Fireworks BLAST OFF.
Red, White & Boom, More than just a fireworks show – come join us for an afternoon and evening of food, live music, kid’s activities, and fun for the whole family! Check out our fantastic lineup of local bands and enjoy great food from the many local vendors who will be serving up their specialties. For the kids, we’ll have jumpy houses, face painters and more. The evening will conclude with amazing fireworks show simulcast live to music by our friends at KZST 100.1 FM. Don’t forget your blankets, folding chairs, and jackets.
4th of July in Kenwood. Entries are free! We love floats, boats, bands, unicycles, goats, horses, dogs, classic vehicles, sports teams, hiking clubs, go-carts ... more creative the better! Bring your red, white and blue patriotic spirit for us all to cheer and celebrate our hometown spirit!
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. The Parade begins at 10am winding its way around the town’s historic Plaza with around 60 entries. 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 5pm when all eyes shift to the skies at dusk above General Vallejo’s field for the spectacular fireworks show that lasts approximately 45 minutes.
The Rose, White, and Blue Parade is a much-beloved annual event in San Jose’s Rose Garden–area neighborhoods along The Alameda, which has a rich history of parades, including the Carnival of Roses and the Fiesta De las Rosas. This year, we celebrate our 11th Anniversary, making this the longest running parade in the history of The Alameda, San Jose.
Fireworks Spectacular - Celebrate the Fourth of July with a festive outdoor performance of hero-themed favorites perfect for summer! Led by conductor Edwin Outwater at Shoreline Amphitheater, the SF Symphony fills the night air with the exhilarating music of Star Wars, chart-topping pop performed by renowned Broadway vocalist Capathia Jenkins, hit songs from Pixar, a salute to our Armed Forces, and more, culminating in a grand finale of amazing fireworks.
A time-honored, home-spun tradition, the parade celebrates Independence Day in small town America with an entertaining array of whimsical floats, marching bands, horses, community service groups, classically cool cars, decorated trikes and bikes, parading pooches, youth sports teams, dance and theatre troupes, photos and fun with the delightfully rotund, playful and mischievious Pumpkin Festival mascot “Gourdy”, a Color Guard by the American Legion, and local dignitaries and celebrities slowly winding their way through the crowded downtown along Main Street between Filbert and Mill Streets.
Honoring Half Moon Bay’s western heritage and always a parade highlight, there will be a large number of equine entries with prizes awarded in several categories.
* All events were checked but may change without notice. Please make sure to double-check before heading out. What is your favorite place to celebrate the 4th of July?