Here’s our list of fun East Bay Fourth of July fireworks, parades, and family celebrations. This is not a complete list of events, so if we missed one you love, tell us about it in the comments box below.
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Alameda: 4th of July Parade: July 4. Parade starts at 10am along Park St, Ocean Dr, Grand Ave, Central Ave, and Lincoln Ave. Jumpin’ and Jivin’ Jubilee from noon to 4pm at Rittler Park.
Benicia Fireworks, Freedom Festival Torchlight Parade & Picnic in the Park: July 3 – 4, 2013. Freedom Festival activities in Downtown Benicia start with the Torchlight Parade on July 3, 2013, 6:30pm. The parade travels up First Street from D Street to the judging area at Benicia City Park on First and Military Streets. Picnic in the Park & Fireworks take place July 4th, 2013, noon – 7pm in Benicia City Park, on the corner of Military and First Streets. The event features live entertainment, an open-air market, hot food, and lots of fun activities for children. Fireworks at 9pm at the bottom of First Street.
Berkeley 4th of July Celebration: July 4, 2013. Noon to 10pm at Berkeley Marina and Cesar Chavez Park. Live entertainment from noon until 9:30pm on the main stage including music and dancers. Jugglers, magicians, comedians, and on the Buddy Club Stage in Shorebird Park. Adventure Playground open 11am-8pm. Crafts, yummy food, free dragon boat rowing from 12-5pm, massages, carnival rides, an inflatable park, a bungee trampoline, pony rides, giant slides and bubble ball rides. Fireworks at 9:30pm at the end of Berkeley Pier.
Concord 4th of July Jubilee and Parade: July 4, 2013.Pancake breakfast 6:30-11am. Hot dog lunches at 11am. Tickets $5. Parade at 10am along Salvio St and Mira Vista Terrace. Fire Truck Pull 10am. Free Kids Fun Run 8:15am. 5K Run & Walk 8:30 am. Singing Flag variety show July 2, 3, and 4 followed by fireworks each night at 9:20pm at Dave Brubeck Park, 4363 Concord Blvd.
Danville July 4th Parade: July 4, 2013. Parade starts at 9am and runs from the corner of Hartz Avenue and Railroad Avenue, continues down Hartz and San Ramon Valley Boulevard and ends at the corner of San Ramon Valley Boulevard and Sycamore Valley Road.
Fairfield Independence Day Parade: July 4, 2013. The annual Fairfield Independence Day Parade will be held on July 4, 2012 at 10am, in downtown Fairfield along Texas St. Pancake breakfast 8-11am at the Fairfield Moose Lodge. The breakfast costs $6.
El Cerrito: worldOne Fourth of July Festival: July 4, 2013. 10am-7pm at Cerrito Vista Park. Event features live reggae, dub and world music, a children’s fun area with carnival games, jump houses and rides, arts & crafts vendors and food booths by local business and service groups.
Fremont 4th of July Parade: July 4, 2013. Parade starts at 10am in the Downtown District. Route begins at State St and Capitol Ave, then on to Paseo Padre Pkwy, Walnut Ave, Liberty St, and ends on Beacon Ave at the corner of State St.
Hayward Old-Fashioned Fourth of July: July 4, 2013. 11am-3pm at Meek Park, 17365 Boston Road. Even features fun games and crafts, a History Hunt around the park, free live music, and tours of the mansion which include actors’ portrayals of the Meek family. Bring your own picnic. Hot dogs and soda available for purchase.
Martinez Hometown 4th of July Parade: July 4, 2013. Flag Raising Ceremony Veterans Memorial Bldg, 930 Ward St, 8-8:15am. Pancake breakfast at Roxx on Main, 627 Main St, 8-10am. Parade at 10am on Main St, beginning at Court St and ending at Alhambra Ave.
Oakland July 4th Family Fun Festival at Jack London Square: July 4, 2013, 11am-4pm. Event features live music, festival food, shopping, activities for kids including magicians, hands on arts & crafts, magicians, hula hoops, a petting zoo and jugglers.
Orinda: 4th of July Parade and Celebration: July 4, 2013. Roadrunner’s Pancake Breakfast at the Community Center 7:30-10am; flag raising ceremony in front of the Community Center at 7:55am; parade starts at 10am and proceeds down Orinda Way; and activities at the Orinda Community Park 11:30am-1:30pm.
San Ramon: Star-Spangled Spectacular: July 4, 2013,4-7:30pm at San Ramon Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd. Start the summer concert season by enjoying patriotic music performed by the San Ramon Symphonic Band under the direction of Larry Colon. Then dance to your favorite hits of the 80’s presented by the high energy dance band, The Cheeseballs. Bring your picnic and lawn chairs for a great evening in San Ramon.
Suisun City Independence Day Celebration: July 4, 2013, at the Suisun City Waterfront District, 11:15am-10:30pm. Performers include Alive Music Orchestra, Motion Dynamics, Missouri Street Theater, Dan-Sing Stars Studio, Chapkis Dance, Highway 4, Westbound 80, and Poyntlyss Sistars. Fireworks start at 9:15pm. Poyntlyss Sistars perform again after the fireworks.
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