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East Bay Fourth of July Celebrations

Celebrate Independence Day in these SF Bay Area Cities

In 2016, you will find a number of fun Fourth of July celebrations, parades and festivals throughout the East Bay near San Francisco. They range from the 162nd Annual Parade in Vallejo to the worldOne Live Music Festival in El Cerrito.

You will also find almost a dozen places to catch the fireworks including Benicia, Berkeley and Pleasanton.


The annual Alameda Fourth of July Parade starts at 10am on Monday, July 4th. This parade is one of the longest in the US with more than 3 miles of parade route. Get there early to find your spot.


This year's Green, Red, White, and Blue Celebration in Albany is on Monday, July 4. Festivities start with a pancake feed at the Veteran's Memorial Building from 9am to 12pm.

The rest of the celebrations kick off at noon at Memorial Park. Enjoy food from local food trucks and plenty of family fun until 4pm.

Other activities include:

  • 12 to 1: Live Music
  • 12 to 3: Car Show
  • 1:10 to 1:35: Albany Lions Watermelon Eating Contest
  • 1:40 to 1:55: Beard and Mustache Contest
  • 1:55: Free Ice Cream
  • 2pm: 5th Annual Diaper Derby
  • 2:30 to 3:10: East Bay Vivarium Reptile Show
  • 3:10 to 3:35: 4th of July Pet Show
  • 3:30 to 4: Family Games

You can also purchase a fun band for your kids for $5 and they get unlimited use of the following:

  • Zip Line
  • Pony Rides
  • Mega Rock Wall
  • Petting Zoo
  • Jump House
  • Face painting
  • & More


This year's Antioch celebration offers a full day of fun. The parade starts at 3pm in downtown Antioch on 2nd Street. You can also enjoy family fun, live entertainment, a car show, and more at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, at 10th and L Streets, from 3pm to 9pm.

The fireworks start at around 9:15pm.


The Independence Day celebration in Benicia starts on Sunday, July 3. From 6:30pm to 9pm, they host their annual Torchlight Parade along First Street, where you will see dancers, floats, clowns, and more.

The Picnic in the Park starts at noon on Monday, July 4. All day long at Benicia City Park you can enjoy arts & crafts, hot food, live entertainment, and children's activities. Fireworks will start around 9pm.


Head to the Berkeley Marina on Monday, July 4 between noon and 10pm for this year's Fourth of July Celebration. During this all day event, you will find live entertainment, food trucks, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, carnival rides, free dragon boat rowing, and much more. The fireworks display starts just south of the Berkeley Pier at 9:35pm.


Celebrations kick off with the Stars and Stripes 5K Run and Walk/Run at 8am (registration starts at 6:45am). The 2016 parade starts at 10am at Mount Diablo High School on Grant Street.

The 3rd annual 4th of July Festival starts at 4pm at Mt. Diablo High School. The festival features a carnival, food, arts & crafts vendors, and live music. It ends at around 9pm with a fireworks display.


This year's annual parade in Danville is on Monday, July 4 from 9am to 11:30am. The route starts at Hartz and Railroad Avenues and ends at San Ramon Valley Blvd. and Sycamore Valley Road. The parade includes over 150 entries, including bands and floats, and attracts more than 40,000 attendees each year.

This year's theme is "Honoring the Vietnam War Veterans."

El Cerrito

The worldOne 4th of July Festival in El Cerrito is on Monday, July 4 from 10am to 6pm in Cerrito Vista Park.

This free festival includes food, live entertainment, children's fun area, art show and sale, and vendor booths by local organizations.


The annual Independence Day Parade in Fairfield is on Monday, July 4. The parade starts at 10am and travels down Texas Street from Taylor to Union. All activities last until around 1pm.


Fremont will host its Fourth of July parade on Monday starting at 10am. The parade starts at the Fremont Library and continues down Fremont Boulevard towards downtown Fremont.


Livermore's Red, White & Boom Fireworks and Block Party is on Monday, July 4 from 4pm to 10pm. Downtown streets will be closed for family fun as well as restaurant and shopping specials, and a large fireworks display will take place around 9:30pm, launched off the top of the downtown parking structure.


This year's Fourth of July celebrations in Martinez will take place on Monday, July 4, beginning with a Pancake Breakfast hosted by Roxx on Main Street from 8am to 10am.

The flag raising ceremony is from 9am to 9:15am at the Veterans Memorial Building. The 8th annual parade starts at 10am from Court and Main Streets and makes its way to Alhambra Avenue and Main Street.


Events in Moraga are all day on Monday, July 4 at the Moraga Commons Park on St. Mary's Road.

Morgan Hill

Morgan Hill's annual Freedom Fest kicks off this year on Sunday, July 3 at the Morgan Hill Amphitheater with the Patriotic Sing, featuring a chorus of children from the community. The Sing is followed by the Family Street Dance, an evening filled with live music and dancing, food and drinks.

The Freedom Fest also includes a 5K run, a car cruise, a parade, and fireworks. This year marks the 140th Fourth of July Parade in this town, making it one of the oldest traditions in the Bay Area.


From 11am to 4pm on Monday, July 4 at Jack London Square, enjoy a Festival of Family Fun! It includes performances by magicians, jugglers, clowns and puppeteers. You can also enjoy other activities such as a special petting zoo, the Lego jeep, Kinetic Art face painters, a mobile craft workshop, and more.

Admission is free.

Orinda (2015 Details)

Here is the full schedule of events for this year's Orinda Parade and Celebration:

  • 7:30am - 10:00am: The Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Breakfast in the Park/Community Center
  • 7:55am: Flag raising ceremony at the Community Center
  • 8:00am: The Halye's Run for a Reason
  • 8:45am: Parade participants assemble in the BART parking lot
  • 9:00am: Friends of the Orinda Library Book Sale
  • 10:00am: Parade begins
  • 11:30am to 1:30pm: Park activities


The Fourth of July Parade in Piedmont begins at 11am at the corner of Highland Avenue and Park Way. After the parade, a community picnic will be held in the Main Park which includes big band music on the main stage.

Pleasant Hill

The 40th Annual July 4th Celebration in Pleasant Hill includes a parade, fireworks display, and a 5k Fun Run. Here is the line up:

  • 8:00am: Firecracker 5K Fun Run
  • 9:30am: Parade
  • 10:30am: Entertainment, food, children's games, and other activities in Pleasant Hill Park
  • 11am - 1pm: The park's spray ground and swimming pools are open and free for kids
  • 9:00pm: Fireworks at College Park High School


Pleasanton's annual Fourth of July event will be held at Lion's Wayside Park from Noon to 1:30pm. For an hour and a half, you can enjoy music by the Pleasanton Community Concert Band. They will also pay tribute to those that served in the military.

In addition, you will be able to see fireworks again this year. The display is on Saturday, July 4 at 9:30pm. The show is at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.


This city of Richmond celebrates early again this year on Sunday, July 3rd. Head down to Marina Bay Park from 5:30pm to 9:30pm to enjoy live blues music, food vendors, and the interactive Fun Zone for kids. Fireworks begin around 9:15pm.

San Pablo

This year's celebration in San Pablo will take place on Monday, July 4. Activities include live entertainment, kids games, and food & drinks. It concludes with a fireworks show.

All events start at 4pm at the El Portal Soccer Field on Moraga Road. Admission is free, but there is a cost for the games and activities.

San Ramon

San Ramon hosts two events on Independence Day. Activities start at 8am with Run San Ramon. It includes a 10k, 5k and 3k run starting at Central Park.

The city also hosts Celebrate America, Celebrate San Ramon, a community festival from 5pm to 8pm in Central Park. It's a free event that will feature live, free music all evening long.

This year, there will be no fireworks in San Ramon.

Suisun City

This year's celebration in Suisun City is on Monday. It includes a picnic, music and a large fireworks display over the waterfront.

Events start at 11am and last until around 10:30pm. The fireworks display starts at around 9:15pm.


The 163rd Annual Vallejo Fourth of July parade begins at 10am on Tennessee and Broadway Streets and will last until around noon.

Also, the 2nd Annual Red, White, Blues and Grooves festival will be held at the Vallejo Waterfront beginning at 11am, featuring a beer garden, good, live entertainment, door prizes, and fun for kids.

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