Here’s what’s happening on the Fourth of July in the North Bay, with events, parades and fireworks. Most of these activities are free or cheap. Popular choices include the Sonoma 4th of July Old Fashioned Parade and Celebration, the Calistoga 4th of July Parade & Fireworks Spectacular, and the new 4th of July Steak & Chicken Barbecue in Cloverdale. Note: I post these as a courtesy only. Make sure you check the event websites for any updates before you head out.
NORTH BAY 4TH OF JULY EVENTS
American Canyon: 4th of July Parade and Celebration – July 4, 2015. Parade starts at 10:30am on the corner of Elliot and Kimberly and features floats and classic cars. Open swim 1-7pm at Phillip West Aquatics Center, 100 Benton Way. Festival starts at 12pm and runs till 9:30pm at Community Park II, 20 Benton Way. Festivities at the park will include a flag raising ceremony, a Kid Zone, food, and entertainment. FIREWORKS at 9:30pm. Boy Scouts Pancake Breakfast 7am-11am
at the Boys and Girls Club American Canyon Clubhouse.
Bodega Bay: Fireworks Celebration — July 3, 2015. FIREWORKS at dusk (around 9:30pm) over the water at Westside Regional Park (2400 Westshore Rd.) Free. Best viewing from Westside Road, the north side of Doran Beach Road, Bay Flat Road, Smith Brothers Road and Highway 1 between Smith Brothers Road and Taylor Street. Restaurants with views of the fireworks include: The Boat House, The Tides Wharf, Spud Point Crab Company, Duck Club or Lucas Wharf.
Calistoga: 4th of July Parade & Fireworks Spectacular – July 4, 2015. Parade at 11am-12pm in Downtown Calistoga. Fair gates open at noon. FIREWORKS at 9:30pm at the Grandstand at the Napa County Fairgrounds. Fair admission is $20/adults, $15/kids 12 & under.
Cloverdale: 4th of July Steak & Chicken Barbecue, Fireworks – July 4, 2015. 7am-5pm at 2nd Street City Park. Steak and chicken barbeque with live music, games and activities. Annual FIREWORKS show at dusk (around 9pm) at the high school football field, sponsored by the Cloverdale Lion’s Club.
Corte Madera / Larkspur: July Fourth Celebration – July 4, 2015. Parade starts at 10:30 at Redwood High School and winds through downtown Larkspur, ending at Corte Madera Town Center where festivities take place from 9am to 5pm. The event will feature food vendors, live music on the main stage, and a children’s area, arts and crafts, and a children’s stage.
Guerneville: Independence Day Celebration — July 4, 2015. All-day celebration starts with a barbecue put on by The Russian River Rotary. Live music continues into the evening with a block party and kids’ activities. FIREWORKS at dusk over the river, along Main Street. Free.
Healdsburg: 4th of July Fireworks – July 4, 2015. Fourth of July FIREWORKS at dusk (around 9:30pm) at the Healdsburg HS Athletic Field (1024 Prince Avenue, Healdsburg), sponsored by The American Legion.
Kenwood: 4th of July Celebration – July 4, 2015. Pancake breakfast at 7am provided by Kenwood Community Church. Kenwood 3k-10k Footrace at 7:30am. Parade at Kenwood Plaza Park on Warm Springs Road (200 Warm Springs Rd., Kenwood) at 10:30am, featuring classic cars, music, bicycles, Uncle Sam, and costumed pets. Family style barbecue and performance by the Urban Oasis Band at 11:30am.
Napa: City of Napa’s July 4th Festival, Parade, Fireworks – July 4, 2015. The 2015 festival theme is “Napa Lights The Valley” and will honor Earthquake First Responders and the armed forces. Napa 4th of July Parade at 10am. Riverfront music and food festival 12pm-9:30pm. Free live music all day from the JaM Cellars stage in Veterans Memorial Park. Sparkling Wine Toast and FIREWORKS extravaganza at dusk at Napa River and Veterans Memorial Park. Restaurants along Main Street between Second and Third Streets will serve July 4th specials and have extended outdoor seating across from the live bands (Velo Pizzeria, The Thomas at Fagiani’s, La Taberna, Zuzu and Napkins). Food Truck Village south of 3rd Street on Main Street. Free bike valet service at the corner of Second and Main Streets.
Monte Rio: Fireworks over the River — July 3 & 4, 2015. All day fun starting at 11am both mornings for Big Rocky games, a firehouse barbecue, horseshoes and volleyball. FIREWORKS at dark over the river, and a “Parade of Lites” on the river, featuring homemade floats bedecked in lights, with skits performed while floating past. Free show at the water curtain, with images of the American flag projected off the Monte Rio bridge, followed by a FIREWORKS display. Monte Rio Beach (20488 Hwy 116, Monte Rio).
Novato: 4th of July Parade and Celebration – July 4, 2015, at 10am. Old Town district, Grant Ave, between Reichert and 7th Avenue, Novato, CA. Parade features classic cars and color guards, floats, bands, vintage military vehicles from the Joe Garbarino World War II Military Vehicle Museum, and more.
Ross: Fourth of July Celebration – July 4, 2015 on the Ross Common. Parade at 11am followed by a picnic lunch under the trees. Fried chicken lunches provided by Robert Meyer available on pre-order (at www.rossrecreation.org), or in person at the Recreation Department. Hot dogs provided by Let’s be Frank available for purchase at the picnic site located at Ross Commons.
St. Helena 4th of July Fireworks — July 4, 2015, 7:30pm-10:15pm. New location this year — right in the middle of town at Crane Park (360 Crane Ave, Saint Helena, south of Crane & Grayson Avenues). You can view the show throughout St. Helena. Also, for a fee, you can reserve Bocce courts and the tennis courts for the day. The event will have three food trucks, so you won’t need to pack a picnic. FIREWORKS at around 9:30pm. Free.
Sausalito: 4th of July Festivities – July 4, 2015. Parade at 10am starts at the intersection of Second and Main St and ends at Dunphy Park. Picnic in the park from 12 pm-4pm, 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 9:20pm. You can listen to Radio Sausalito 1610AM or on your television on Comcast Cable Channel 30.
Santa Rosa: Red, White & Boom – July 4, 2015. Celebration starts at 3:30pm, at the Veteran’s Memorial Building (1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa) across from the Sonoma Fairgrounds. Bring blankets and folding chairs. The event features local bands, food vendors, a watermelon eating contest for kids, jumpy houses, face painters and clowns. FIREWORKS around 9:30pm. Show is simulcast live to music by KZST 100.1 FM. Admission is $10 ages 12+; $5 veterans; $5 ages 5-11; free ages 0-4. Parking is $5.
Sebastopol: Fireworks Celebration — July 3, 2015 starting at 5:30pm at the football field at Analy High School (6950 Analy Avenue, Sebastopol). Features live music and dancing starting at 6pm, free games and relays, food, a fun raffle for prizes, picnics, flag ceremony, FIREWORKS at dusk, around 9:40pm, sponsored by Kiwanis. General $10; Children (6 – 11) $5; ages 5 and under free.
Sonoma: 4th of July Old Fashioned Parade and Celebration – July 4, 2015, 10am-5pm in the Sonoma Plaza, including a parade, food, games, live entertainment, and more. After the parade, enjoy an old-fashioned carnival with food, drink and game booths run by Sonoma’s non-profit organizations. All proceeds raised from the celebration benefit Sonoma’s nonprofit community.
Vallejo: 4th of July Parade and Fireworks – July 4, 2015. Parade starts at 10am on Broadway and Tennessee St, down Sonoma Blvd, then right on Georgia Street through downtown. FIREWORKS at the Vallejo waterfront at 9:15pm.
Windsor Kaboom Independence Day — July 3, 2015, starting at 4pm, at Keiser Park (700 Windsor River Road, Windsor). Features live music from Tainted Love, food, beer, wine, laser light shows, jumpy houses and family fun. FIREWORKS at dusk. The event benefits the Wounded Warrior Project.
Yountville 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks – July 4, 2015. Live music, food, beer, and wine starting at noon at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville (100 California Drive, Yountville, CA). Festivities starting at 6pm. FIREWORKS at 9:30pm.
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