East Bay Fourth of July Celebrations

Celebrate Independence Day in these SF Bay Area Cities

In 2018, 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 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.

East Bay on Fourth of July

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Alameda

Celebrations in Alameda this year include an annual running/walking race, the inaugural Coast Guard Festival, and the parade. The day starts with the Alameda Mayor's July 4th Parade R.A.C.E. The event includes a 5K (3.1 mile) run and/or walk that starts at 9am.

Next up is their annual Alameda Fourth of July Parade. It starts at 10am and is one of the longest in the US with more than 3 miles of parade route. Get there early to find your spot.

For the first year, there will also be a Coast Guard Festival. It runs from 12pm to 4pm at Pier 3 near the USS Hornet Museum. There will be kids activities, food trucks and the winners from the parade will be announced.

Albany

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

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

Other activities include:

  • 12:10 to 1:10: 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
  • 2 pm: 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

Antioch

This year's Antioch celebration offers a full day of fun on Wednesday, July 4th. The parade starts at 11 am 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 4 pm to 11 pm.

The fireworks start at around 9:30 pm and will run until just after 10 pm.

Benicia

The Independence Day celebration in Benicia starts on Tuesday, 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 Wednesday, 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.

Berkeley

Head to the Berkeley Marina on Wednesday, 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 9:30pm.

Clayton

This year's parade starts at Center and Oak, on Main Street, and will start at 10am. The parade includes fun homemade floats and a variety of other entries. It usually lasts around two and a half to three hours.

Concord

Celebrations kick off with the Stars and Stripes 5K Run and Walk/Run at 8am (registration starts at 7 am). The 2018 parade starts at 10am at Mount Diablo High School on Grant Street.

The 4th of July Festival starts at 4pm at Mt. Diablo High School. The festival features a carnival, food, arts & crafts vendors, and live music. The day concludes at around 9pm with a fireworks display that you will be sure to enjoy.

Danville

This year's annual parade in Danville is on Wednesday, July 4 from 9 am to 12 pm. 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 "Celebrating Danville's Heritage."

El Cerrito

The City of El Cerrito/worldOne 4th of July Festival in El Cerrito is on Wednesday, 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.

Fairfield

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

Fremont

Fremont will host its Fourth of July parade on Wednesday, July 4 starting at 10am. The parade starts at the Fremont Library, continues north and concludes at Capital Avenue.

Livermore

Livermore's Red, White & Boom Fireworks and Block Party is on Wednesday, July 4 from 4pm to 10:30pm. 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.

Martinez

This year's Fourth of July celebrations in Martinez will take place on Wednesday, 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 4th of July annual parade starts at 10am from Court and Main Streets and makes its way to Alhambra Avenue and Main Street.

Moraga

Head over to Moraga for a full day of fun events this Fourth of July. The day kicks off with a pancake breakfast starting at 7am. The day includes a fun run (2 mile, 5 mile or kiddie races) at 8:30am, a dog parade, a children's bike parade, inflatables, and food, wine & beer booths.

Starting at 6:45pm, there will be activities around the bandstand with the playing of the National Anthem, a welcoming message from the mayor and a house party/concert. The day concludes with fireworks that start at around 9:30pm.

All activities are in and around the Moraga Commons Park on St. Mary's Road.

Morgan Hill

Morgan Hill's annual Freedom Fest kicks off this year on Tuesday, July 3 with the popular Family Street Dance, an evening filled with live music and dancing, food and drinks.

The Freedom Festival continues all day on the 4th too. This year's parade starts at 10 am. It ends with a concert and fireworks at dark.

The Freedom Fest also includes a 5K run and a car cruise. This event started in 1876 and continues to be one of the best in the Bay Area.

Oakland

From noon to 6 pm on Wendesday, July 4 at Jack London Square, enjoy a Backyard BBQ! 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 for these activities.

There will also be a beer garden with beers from Federation Brewing. You will need a beer pass for this seciton of the event.

Orinda

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 Haley'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

There is live music, a kid's petting zoo, and tasty treats for you to enjoy.

Piedmont

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.

The event is preceeded by a pancake feed from 8am to 10:30am at the Veterans' Hall.

Pleasant Hill

The 41st 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
  • 7:15pm: Live music by Fast Times
  • ~9:00pm: Fireworks at College Park High School

Pleasanton

Pleasanton's annual Fourth of July event will be held at Lion's Wayside Park from Noon to 2:30pm. 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.

Richmond

This city of Richmond celebrates early again this year on Tuesday, 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 with a display that lasts around 20 minutes.

San Pablo

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

All events start at 5 pm at the El Portal Soccer Field on Moraga Road. Admission is free, but there is a cost for the games and activities. Festivities end after the fireworks display around 9:30 pm

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's featured performers are Foreverland, Michael Jackson Tribute Band.

Vallejo

The 165th Annual Vallejo Fourth of July parade begins at 10am on Tennessee and Broadway Streets and will last until around noon.

The Waterfront Festival will be held at the Vallejo waterfront beginning at 11am, featuring a beer garden, good, live entertainment, door prizes, and fun for kids.

The evening ends with fireworks.

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