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What's better way to celebrate summer than fireworks, parades, BBQs and family fun? This 4th of July, enjoy many family friendly activities around the bay area.

San Francisco

Pier 39 - 4th July Waterfront Celebration
Dancing, live entertainment, and fireworks. 12-9:30pm .

San Francisco July 4th Fireworks Show
waterfront, fireworks start at 9:30pm .

Ghirardelli Square
Live music, kids activities and hot fudge sundaes.

Fillmore Jazz Festival
the largest free jazz festival on the west coast. July 2-3.


Redwood City - Independence Day Parade, Festival
9am - 5pm, fireworks is back in 2012.

Foster City - 4th of July Celebration
8am-9:30pm, parade, music, dog show & fireworks.

Palo Alto - Annual Summer Festival & Chili Cook-off
Music, kids activities and chili tasting, noon - 5pm

Menlo Park - 4th of July Parade & Celebration
Parade starts at 11:45am. After parade festivities include carnival games, jump houses, rock wall, crafts, face painting, food, music and more!

Half Moon Bay - Ol'Fashion 4th of July Parade
parade at noon .

South Bay

Mountain View - 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
Shoreline Amphitheatre, fireworks and music.

Cupertino - 4th of July Festivities
7am-10pm , pancake breakfast, Children's Parade, Swimming and BBQ at Blackberry Farm, fireworks at 9:30pm at Cupertino High School.

San Jose - Annual Rose, White and Blue 4th of July Parade
Parade through Rose Garden neighborhood. Live music, arts & crafts booth, Antique & Classic car show and Picnic on the Alameda. Parade starts at 10am.

San Jose - Giants 4th of July Fireworks
San Jose Municipal Stadium, fireworksonly July 4th and 5th after game.

Santa Clara - Independence Weekend Fireworks
California's Great America, July 2, 3.

Santa Clara All City Picnic
Outdoor pancake breakfast, live entertainment, food, music, carnival games, face painting, and swimming, fireworks is cancelled this year.

Los Gatos - Los Gatos Celebrates 4th of July
all day family fun!

Milpitas - 4th of July Pool Party, Concert & Fireworks
Pool party 1-4pm; Concert and fireworks in the evening. Gate open at 6pm. Ticket $2.

Morgan Hill - Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks
July 3-4, dance, parade, entertainment, car show, fireworks at dark on July 4th.

Felton - 4th of July Celebration at Roaring Camp
July 2-4. Hula Hoop contests, games, live music and all-American barbecue.

Gilroy - Independence Day BBQ
all-you-can-eat meal. June 30 - July 4, noon - 2pm .

Gilroy -4th of July Fireworks Salute
9:15pm at Gilroy High School.

East Bay

Oakland - Celebrations on the Bay - Dinner & Fireworks Cruise
Celebrate Independence Day in Style, Fireworks, Music, Dancing, BBQ dinner with all the fun on the Bay!

Oakland - Jack London Square Family Fun
Petting Zoo. Stiltwalkers, jugglers, and face-painters. Clowns and Balloon Artist. Hula Hoop Dancing. Magic! The Conscious Carnival Games. Two Jump Houses. The Amazing Bubble Man! Bike, Canoe, and Kayak Rentals. Enormous Slide. Acrobats.

Berkeley - 4TH OF JULY @ Berkeley Marina
kid's adventure playground, art & crafts, yummy food, massages, free dragon boat rowing from 2-6pm, pony rides, a dunk tank, and much more including the grand fireworks off the end of the Berkeley Pier at 9:30pm.

Alameda - July 4th Party on USS Hornet
The family event features live music on the flight deck, interactive games for all ages, and a bounce house for kids. Tours of the famous aircraft carrier will be available throughout the day. In the evening visitors can watch panoramic views of Bay Area fireworks from the flight deck.

Alameda - Mayor's 4th of July Parade
Featuring marching bands, floats, politicians, art cars, Cub Scouts on bikes, church groups, fez-wearing secret societies, gymnasts, dancers, martial-arts students, banjo pickers, hula dancers, and more.

Alameda - Jumpin' & Jivin' Jubilee
A Day of Old Fashioned Family Fun!

Concord - 4th of July Festivities and Fireworks
run, parade, singing flag, fireworks.

San Ramon - Star Spangled Spectacular
kids fun, music, fireworks.

Pleasanton - Alameda County Fair
June 22 - July 10. Music of the Americas: Bands, dance, soloists! July 2. 9th Annual BBQ and Chicken Cook-off: June 30-July 4.

Fremont - 4th of July Parade
creative floats, specialty units, marching musical units and guest celebrities! Starts at 10am.

Ardenwood Farm - Independence Day Celebration
enjoy nail- driving, egg toss and watermelon seed spitting or join a bucket brigade and tug-of-war contest.

North Bay

Vallejo - Six Flags 4t of July Fireworks Celebration
July 4. Fireworks, roller coasters, rides, animal stats and picnic in the park.

Sausalito - Sausalito 4th of July Parade & Fireworks
10am parade; 6-9:30pm fireworks show.

San Rafael - Marin County Fair & Fireworks
6/30 - 7/4, fireworks every night.

Other Area Fireworks

Bodega Bay
Many quiet beaches, a great weekend getaway. Fireworks Over the Bay on July 1st. Best viewed from the Westshore Road, Spud Point Marina, Sandpiper Restaurant, Cioppino Restaurant, Bay View Restaurant, Tides Wharf, Lucas Wharf Restaurant, Dog House Restaurant, Duck Club, Birdwalk Regional Park, Blue Water Bistro, and Doran Regional Park.

Mendocino Coast
Known for romantic B&B Inns, fantastic restaurants and quaint shops, art galleries, plus plenty of outdoor activities, Mendocino is a vacation top spot. Enjoy July 4th in Mendocino with BBQ & Dance, Parade.

Lake Tahoe
Set to music, south shores 4th of July "Lights on the Lake" is considered to be the "Largest Pyro Show in the West." North Shore fireworks can be seen around Incline Beach at 9:30pm.
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