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, 2014. 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, fun children’s games, a variety of food, and entertainment. Fireworks at 9:30pm.
Calistoga: 4th of July Parade & Fireworks Spectacular – July 4, 2014. Parade at 11am-12pm in Downtown Calistoga. Fireworks at the Grandstand at the Napa County Fair at 9:30pm.
Cloverdale: 4th of July Steak & Chicken Barbecue – July 4, 2014. 6am-6pm at 2nd Street City Park. Hosted by the Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis and Lion’s Club. First Annual Community Steak & Chicken BBQ with games and live music. (Steak meal for $18, Chicken $12. Baked goods, beer and wine for sale.)
Corte Madera / Larkspur: Fourth of July Parade and Celebration – July 4, 2014. Parade starts at Redwood High School at 10:30am and winds through downtown Larkspur. Celebration from 9am to 5pm at Corte Madera Town Park featuring arts and crafts and food vendors, live music on the main stage, and a children’s area with bounce houses and slides, arts and crafts, and a children’s stage.
Healdsburg: 4th of July Kids’ Parade – July 4, 2014. Rotary Club of Healdsburg Sunrise Annual 4th of July Kids’ Parade in the Healdsburg Plaza, 11am-1pm. Free popcorn, sno-cones, pie eating contest, music, games with prizes. Food available for purchase. DUCK DASH… Watch the ducks cascade down a flume, pick a winner win a prize.
Kenwood: 4th of July Hometown Parade – July 4, 2014. Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction at Historical Kenwood Community Church Garden at 7am. 3k-10k Kenwood Footrace at 7:30am at Kenwood Plaza Park on Warm Springs Rd. Parade at 10:30am at Kenwood Plaza Park. Independence Day Shindig starts after the parade at Kenwood Plaza Park – includes music, bbq, and family fun.
Napa: Old Fashioned 4th of July – July 4, 2014. Parade starts at 1pm in Downtown Napa. Community festival at Veterans Memorial Park until 10pm.
Novato: 4th of July Parade and Celebration – July 4, 2014. 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 in the Old Town district.
Ross: Fourth of July Celebration – July 4, 2014 on the Ross Common. Parade at 11am followed by a picnic lunch under the trees.
Sausalito: 4th of July Festivities – July 4, 2014. Parade at 10am starts at the intersection of Second and Main St and ends at Dunphy Park. Celebration after the parade 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.
Santa Rosa: Red, White & Boom – July 4, 2014. Gates open at 3:30pm. 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. ($8 ages 12+ | $6 veterans | $4 ages 5-11 | FREE ages 0-4.)
Sonoma: 4th of July Old Fashioned Parade and Celebration – July 4, 2014, 10am-6pm in the Plaza, including a parade, food, games, live entertainment, and more.
Vallejo: 4th of July Parade and Fireworks – July 4, 2014. Parade starts at 10am on Broadway and Tennessee St, down Sonoma Blvd, and ends on Georgia St. Fireworks at the Vallejo waterfront at 9:15pm.
Yountville: 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks – July 4, 2014. Live music, food, beer, and wine starting at noon at the Veterans Home, 100 California Drive, Yountville, CA. Fireworks at dark. There will also be baseball games at Borman Field and the Yountville Community Pool will be open from 12pm-4pm.
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