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Bay Area 4th of July activities include fireworks, festivals, and parades. You will find a variety of things to do in San Francisco, Oakland, Marin, and along the Peninsula.
Read on for ideas on the best places to have fun and a list of where you can see fireworks to celebrate America's birthday.
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The biggest Bay Area 4th of July activities are along the northern waterfront in San Francisco. On July 4, you will find a variety of things to do in Fisherman's Wharf at Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, and venues all around the district.
You can listen to live music, enjoy family friendly activities, take a cruise, and save with food and drink specials all day long. The event ends with a large fireworks display over the water. It starts at around 9:30pm and lasts for about 30 minutes.
The event draws hundreds of thousands of people, so make sure you arrive early for the best spot!
Note: All activities in San Francisco, including the fireworks, have been cancelled for 2020.
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Several cities in the East Bay will host Bay Area 4th of July celebrations. The biggest are in Berkeley, Oakland, and Pleasant Hill.
The following cities have confirmed that they will have a fireworks display this year:
The South Bay and Peninsula areas will also have a variety of Bay Area 4th of July activities. You will find the World's Shortest Parade in Aptos, Red, White & Boom in Milpitas, and a Fourth of July celebration with the SF Symphony at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View.
Here is a list of the cities that have confirmed their fireworks displays this year:
If you plan to be in the North Bay or Wine Country during this annual holiday, you will also find plenty of things to do. You will find a full day of activies in American Canyon, the Napa County Fair and Fireworks event in Calistoga, and the Marin County Fair in San Rafael.
These are the North Bay and Wine Country locations that have confirmed their fireworks displays for this year:
Additional festivals: Find a list of all of the best festivals and events in the North Bay and Wine Country
Another large Bay Area 4th of July festival is in the heart of San Francisco. The Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz festival on the west coast.
It's held in the Pacific Height District on 12 blocks of Fillmore Street. For two days, you can listen to live music, savor tasty street food, buy arts and crafts, and more.
It's always the Saturday and Sunday of Fourth of July weekend. Admission is free.
Another fun activity this weekend is to head to the theater. In San Francisco and San Jose, you will find Broadway shows such as the Lion King, Wicked, and the Book of Mormon. In these cities and throughout the Bay Area, you will find dozens of performances at smaller, more local theaters.
Throughout the Bay Area, you will find a variety of concerts this weekend. You can enjoy large performances at venues such as the SAP Center in San Jose, the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, and the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
You will also find a show almost every night at smaller venues. These include local favorites and up-and-coming artists.
Catch a baseball game in San Francisco or Oakland this holiday weekend. Each team usually plays at least one game at home during the Fourth of July weekend. You can cheer on your favorite team or just spend some time celebrating the nation's birthday by enjoying this All-American past time.
Another fun Bay Area 4th of July activity is to head to the SF Opera. They typically finish up their summer season this weekend with several performances at the War Memorial Opera House.
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