Here’s our top picks for Fourth of July activities and fireworks in the North Bay that are free or cheap. Have a favorite event this isn’t on the list? Please tell up about it in the comments box at the bottom of the page.
NORTH BAY 4TH OF JULY EVENTS
American Canyon 4th of July Parade and Celebration: July 4. Parade starts at 10:30am on the corner of Elliot and Kimberly and features classic cars, decorated vehicles, and floats. Celebration starts at 11:30am and runs till 10pm at Community Park I, 1400 Rio Grande Dr. Festivities at the park will include a flag raising ceremony, fun children’s games, a variety of food, great entertainment, and a display of classic cars and floats. Fireworks at 9:30pm.
Calistoga 4th of July Silverado Parade: July 4, 2012. Parade at 11am-12pm in Downtown Calistoga.
Cloverdale Lions Club Fireworks: July 4, 2012. 8-9:30pm at the CHS Football Field, Cloverdale, CA. Fireworks start at dusk.
Corte Madera / Larkspur: Fourth of July Parade and Celebration: July 4, 2012. Parade starts at Redwood High School at 10:30am and winds through downtown Larkspur. Celebration immediately following parade at Corte Madera Town Park features arts and crafts and food vendors, live music on the main stage, and a children’s area with entertainment, performing birds, carnival games, and face painting.
Healdsburg 4th of July Community Picnic and Fireworks Show: July 4, 2012. Picnic at Recreation Park 11am-4pm with games and music. Kids Parade at 11am. Prune Packers baseball game at 5pm. American Legion fireworks start at 9:30pm at Healdsburg High School Athletic Field, 1024 Prince Ave, Healdsburg, CA.
Kenwood 4th of July Hometown Parade: Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction at Historical Kenwood Community Church Garden at 7-11am. 3k-10k Kenwood Footrace at 7:30am at Kenwood Plaza Park on Warm Springs Rd. Parade at 10am at Kenwood Plaza Park. Flags and ice cream passed out to kids up to 12 years old.
Napa County Fair Fireworks: July 4, 2012. Fair 12 noon All American Games & Contests noon to 6pm; BBQ contest 4pm. Fireworks 9:30pm. FREE w/ Fair admission.
Napa 4th of July Parade and Celebration at Veterans Memorial Park: July 4, 2012. Parade starts at 10am on Second and School St. Community festival at Veterans Memorial Park features food, beer, and kids’ activities. Fireworks start at 9:30pm.
Novato 4th of July Parade and Celebration: July 4, 2012. 4th of July races start at 8am in downtown Novato. Presbyterian Buckaroo Breakfast at the Redwood Credit Union parking lot, 1010 Grant Ave, from 7-10am (suggested donation of $5 for adults, $3 for kids). Live pre-parade street performances 9-9:45am. Parade starts at 10am starting in the Old Town district.
Ross Fourth of July Celebration: July 4, 2012 on the Ross Common. Parade at 11am, lunch at 11:30am (hot dogs, sausages, sandwiches, and salads), games start at 12:30pm.
Sausalito: 4th of July Parade & Fireworks: July 4, 2012. Parade at 10am starts at the intersection of Second and Main St and ends at Dunphy Park. Live music at the park starts at 12pm. Celebration includes Food, dancing, family games, tug-of-war and famous traditional egg toss. Fireworks Extravaganza at Gabrielson Park from 6:30-9:30pm. Live music all evening and fireworks at dark.
Santa Rosa Red, White & Boom: July 4, 2012. Live music starts at 4pm. Fireworks at 9:30pm. Food, beverages, kids games and activities. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA. [$7 ages 12+ | $3 ages 5-11 | FREE ages 0-4]
Sonoma 4th of July Old Fashioned Parade and Celebration: July 4, 2012. 10am-5pm in the Plaza, including an eclectic parade, food, live music, and more. Fireworks at Vallejo’s Field at dusk.
Vallejo 4th of July Parade: July 4, 2012. Parade starts at 10am on Broadway and Tennessee St, down Sonoma Blvd, and ends on Georgia St.
Yountville: 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks: July 4, 2012. Food vendors, live music, and entertainment starting at noon at the Veterans Home, 100 California Drive, Yountville, CA. Fireworks at around 9:30pm.
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