SOUTH BAY 4th of July: Fireworks, Parades, Celebrations

San Jose 4th of July FireworksHere are the South Bay Fourth of July fireworks, parades, activities and events, most of them free. Popular picks include the Palo Alto Summer Festival and Chili Cook-Off, San Jose Rose, White and Blue Parade and Picnic, Milpitas Waving the Red, White & Blue Pool Party, Concert + Red, White & Boom, and Morgan Hill Freedom Fest 2014. Note: I post these as a courtesy only. Make sure you check the event websites for any updates before you head out.

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Aptos: 4th of July World’s Shortest Parade – July 4, 2014. Pancake breakfast 7-10am in the burger. parking lot ($7 adults, $5 children]). Parade 10am on Soquel Dr between State Park Dr and Trout Gulch Rd. Party in the Park 12- 4pm, Aptos Village Park, Aptos, CA ($5 donation for adults).

Cupertino: 4th of July Children’s Parade and Concert – July 4, 2014. Pancake Breakfast 7-11am at Quinlan Community Center’s Cupertino Room, $7 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under, orange juice $1. Flag Raising at the Veteran’s Memorial at 9:30am. Children’s Parade in Memorial Park, 10-10:30am. Concert in the Park, 10:30am-12pm.

Cupertino: July 4 at Blackberry Farm – July 4, 2014. 10am-5pm at Blackberry Farm, 21979 San Fernando Ave. Park opens at 10am, free swimming till 4pm. Barbecue lunch 12-2pm, $5 per person. Live music by the Dave Crimmen Band 12-3pm.

Los Gatos: 4th of July Celebration – July 4, 2014. 11am-4:30pm at Oak Meadow Park. Hometown picnic & games, BBQ, Yankee Doodle Dancing, and live music by the San Jose Wind Symphony.

Milpitas: Waving the Red, White & Blue Pool Party, Concert + Red, White & Boom – July 4, 2014 at the Milpitas Sports Center Complex, 1325 E Calaveras Blvd. Pool party at 1-4pm, music, games and fun ($2 admission). Red, White & Boom concert and fireworks show from 6-10pm ($3 admission).

Morgan Hill: Freedom Fest 2014 – July 3-4, 2014.

  • July 3 – Patriotic Sing, 6-7pm, Britton Middle School Gym; Family Music Fest, 7-10pm, Community Cultural Center.
  • July 4 – Freedom Run, registration 6:30-7:45am, 1 mile starts at 7:45am, 5K walk starts at 8am, 5K run starts at 8:15am, P.A. Walsh School; Car Cruise & Show, cruise at 9:30am, show at 11:30am, Community Center; Pre-parade entertainment at 9am, Parade at 10am; Fireworks at Morgan Hill Community Park at dark, entertainment starts at 6pm.

Palo Alto: Summer Festival and Chili Cook-Off – July 4, 2014. 12-5pm at Mitchell Park, 600 E Meadow Dr. Chili tasting starts at 1:30pm. Live music, dancing, children’s activities, and food.

Santa Clara: 4th of July All-City Picnic & Fireworks Extravaganza – July 4, 2014. 12pm-9:30pm at Central Park. Live entertainment, carnival games, face painting, swimming, food, and more. Fireworks at 9:30pm.

San Jose: Rose, White and Blue Parade and Picnic – July 4, 2014. Parade starts at 10am at the Lincoln High School parking lot at 555 Dana Ave. Picnic on The Alameda at Westminster Church, 11am-3pm, featuring live entertainment. Food and drink available from local restaurants. Picnic tables and chairs will be set up under the shade of trees in front of the Westminster Church.

San Jose: Bacon Festival of America — July 4 & 5, 2014, 3pm – 8pm on Friday. Fireworks on the 4th. Caesar Chavez Park, South Market Street, San Jose, CA.

Scotts Valley: 4th of July Parade & Fireworks – July 4, 2014. Parade starts at 3pm on Scotts Valley Drive. Celebration at Skypark Park. Gates open at 4pm for the celebration. Advance tickets are $6, regular tickets $8, kids 4 and under free. Food, music, and games start at 4pm. Fireworks start at 9:15pm.

NOTE: Not all the events around the Bay are well publicized, so we do our best to dig up the information wherever we can find it. Know of a  event that belongs on this list? Please let us know in the comments box at the bottom of the page.


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  1. Julia Del Coro says

    When my siblings and I were growing up in Palo Alto, our parents used to take us to see fireworks that were displayed over the bay. There was a huge parking area near the marshes and everybody reclined on the hoods of their cars or on folding chairs. The show was fantastic! The huge display seemed to fill the entire sky right above us. I don’t know which city hosted them. Has this tradition ended?

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